Sara Shulman, Editor and Founder of Comedy Blogedy, talks about The Power of Funny at TEDxUCL.
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…
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