Stand-Up Paper

1) Write about humor and comedy as concepts within our culture. What is

their place? How has their perception changed over the years? What

kinds of messages or comments are they making? What role do they

fill in your life? Why am I referring to them as if they are people? And

further, how does stand-up comedy fit into the overall comedy equation

in terms of its impact on our culture, and how has our culture influenced

stand-up? You know… shit like that!

2) Choose any comedian – either one we watched or one we haven’t –

and compare and contrast their material/message with that of a more

“legitimate†public figure (politician, pundit, commentator, activist,

philosopher, author, civil rights figure, TV host, world leader, etc). How

do they line-up? Where do they diverge? Where do you stand, and why

is one generally perceived as more credible?

3) Language has certainly proliferated, if not deteriorated since Carlin’s

“Seven Dirty Words.†Put yourself in Carlin’s shoes and examine

the current state of language: its contradictions, its inconsistencies,

its peculiarities. Break down particular words, phrases, patterns, or

tendencies to determine what they mean and why they matter to our

culture and society.

I place far more value on original, critical thought than picture perfect

grammar and usage. The best paper is the one that brings something

new and interesting to the table, and youtube has enough clips for you

to support even the craziest ideas. Writing is supposed to be a liberating

process, not one that makes you want to punch.

4-5 Pages, Double spaced.


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