TEDxUCL - SARA SHULMAN - The power of funny





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Published on Jul 4, 2012

Sara Shulman is a second year Classicist at UCL and Founder and Editor of Comedy Blogedy-- a website that features interviews, reviews and all sorts of news about comedy. She is also Head of Comedy at UCLU Rare FM. Sara has also been gigging as a stand-up since December 2011. She has been producing comedy shows and interviewing comedians and members of the comedy industry for her comedy podcast 'Humour Me', which is also broadcast on UCLU's Rare FM.

Talk: The power of funny
Stand-up, sketch, musical comedy, visual comedy, satire, puns and wordplay... How many different ways are there to make us laugh? Where do we go and what do we do to find the "funny"?

Comedy is everywhere -- television, radio, festivals and, of course, comedy clubs are all saturated with people wanting to laugh and people wanting to make us laugh. Yet, how often do we consciously think about the power behind the words that make us smile, giggle or even cry with laughter? Can something said through humour help us recognise truths and realities of life that we hadn't yet considered?

Our perspective about the world can be shaped through humour and comedy, particularly through the experience of live comedy. How powerful is that "funny" and how much power does it have over our lives...

About TEDx
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)


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