Mel Brooks famously said that “tragedy is me stubbing my toes; comedy is you falling down a manhole and dying,” but comedy can come in many shapes and forms, and often can be mined from the most unexpected places. In this interactive and generative workshop, we will peel open the funny onion to investigate humor writing in all its glorious, understated, LOUD, absurdist, joyous modes, with a focus on prompts to kickstart our comedic scribbling. From horror funny, to deadpan funny, to surrealist genre-bending funny, by the end of this workshop, you will be funny guaranteed (ish).

About the Instructor
Jonathan Cardew won a travel toothbrush at a boules competition in northern Brittany. His stories appear in Passages North, Cream City Review, wigleaf, SmokeLong Quarterly, Superstition Review, Best Microfiction 2021, and others. He is the author of A WORLD BEYOND CARDBOARD (ELJ Editions) and the blog editor for Bending Genres. Ignore him on Twitter @cardewjcardew.

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