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Jun 8

How Comedy Works – with David Misch

June 8 @ 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm PDT

Nowhere Comedy is a full live comedy show experience from the comfort of your home

This event is at 5:00PM PT/8:00PM ET

Screenwriter David Misch (“Mork & Mindy,” “The Muppets Take Manhattan,” “Duckman,” “Police Squad!”, “Saturday Night Live,” “Funny: The Book”) presents a class about comedy which is guaranteed to impart no usable skills. Okay, that could be an exaggeration but David’s given that guarantee at Sony Pictures, DreamWorks, Disney, Lucasfilm, Second City, Actors Studio, Groundlings, Yale, Columbia, Oxford, Austin Film Festival, American Film Institute, Writers Guild Foundation & University of Sydney & University of Auckland.

“How Comedy Works” has no direct instruction but is a critical, and serious (though funny), exploration of comedy as an art form which gives actors, writers, directors, producers and fans a closeup of comedy’s innards, the idea being that understanding how comedy works will help you work in comedy, and will just make you appreciate the art more.

Topics include the Rule of 3, the relationship between Comedy and Logic (spoiler alert: they’re bitter enemies); the calculations involved in timing; comedy cues, and why withholding them is sometimes the best way to get a laugh; why your body is hilarious; the evil of punchlines; and how the mechanics of jokes – tension and resolution, pattern recognition, misdirection and surprise – provide a template for all humor.

As for practical applications, the presentation includes copious comedy clips from TV and movies which show how these principles translate into actual laughter. So forget all that stuff about no usable skills. David is also a former stand-up, and teacher of his own courses on comedy at USC and UCLA. Learn more at davidmisch.com


When COVID-19 hit, every comedian lost their ability to tour. Nowhere Comedy is a way around that – a full live comedy show experience from the comfort of your home (assuming your home is comfortable). Watch your favorite touring acts while they can’t tour. And since there’s no travel costs, tickets are more affordable to fans!


This show is limited, so don’t wait to purchase your ticket.

Your ticket gets you access to the show on Zoom. Please make sure to download the Zoom app on your phone or computer ahead of time. We encourage the audience to keep their mics on so that everyone can hear the laughter. If your mic is on, please make sure you are in a quiet environment. If there is hum or background noise, try wearing headphones. You are welcome to have your video on or off. Please be respectful: if you interrupt the performance or do anything inappropriate on video you will be locked out of the show.

Upon purchase, you will be emailed a Zoom link – DO NOT SHARE IT. Only one person can use each link, and if more than one person tries to use it, both people will be locked out of the show.


Nowhere Comedy is providing a service via the use of Zoom’s platform, a platform we do not own or control. By purchasing a ticket you agree that any problems or issues caused by using Zoom’s technology are not the responsibility of Nowhere Comedy , but if necessary can be taken up by you directly with Zoom itself.

By purchasing a ticket you are acknowledging you are aware audio and video of the show will be recorded, and you grant the comedians and Nowhere Comedy the irrevocable permission to utilize the footage and your likeness as contained therein, in any way, throughout the universe in perpetuity, so long as the context is not changed to alter the meaning of the original interaction, or to imply an endorsement of any kind. You are welcome to keep your camera off if you prefer not to be seen. That said, most shows will not utilize the recording for anything, as the shows are generally only seen live.

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