The brilliantly witty and exuberant Ken Jennings discusses his history of humor–from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter gags and Facebook memes–that tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world
In Planet Funny, Ken Jennings explores this brave new comedic world and what it means — or doesn’t — to be funny in it now.
Tracing the evolution of humor from the caveman days to the bawdy middle-class antics of Chaucer to Monty Python’s game-changing silliness to the fast-paced meta-humor of The Simpsons, Jennings explains how we built our humor-saturated modern age, where lots of us get our news from comedy shows and a comic figure can even be elected President of the United States purely on showmanship.
Entertaining, astounding, and completely head-scratching, Planet Funny is a full taxonomy of what spawned and defines the modern sense of humor.
Additional time info:
6:00 – 7:30 pm