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David Misch: "The History of Ha!"

Author Program


Wednesday, May 14, 2014




Mark Taper Auditorium




Funny:  the Book

Ripped from the pages of his award-eligible “Funny: The Book / Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy”, David Misch presents “The History of Ha!”, a some-holds-barred survey of absolutely everything funny that’s ever happened, in an hour. (FDA Advisory: Some funny things not included.)

David Misch

Beginning in pre-history with the mythological Trickster, David looks at how comedy went from Ancient Greece to “Modern Family”, from court jesters to Groucho Marx, from Plato & Aristotle to Abbott & Costello. With stops along the way for commedia dell’arte, a French fartist, and how comedy killed Abraham Lincoln, Mr. Misch uses clips and commentary to look at what comedy is, where it comes from and where it’s going (oddly enough, Philadelphia).
Among David Misch’s TV and movie credits are the Emmy-nominated “Mork and Mindy”, the Emmy-losing “Duckman”, the Emmy-engorged “Saturday Night Live”, and the Emmy-ineligible “The Muppets Take Manhattan”. He’s also a playwright, songwriter, blogger, teacher and recovered stand-up comic, and has lectured at Columbia, Oxford University, USC, UCLA, and AFI. Too much more at, not to mention (yet here I am mentioning)
Copies of Mr. Misch's book will be available for purchase.