Students in Cori Hall Healy’s (center, holding sign) 1910 Comedy Class are studying the academic side of comedy and planning a benefit performance.
1910 COMEDY CLASS HOSTS BENEFIT PERFORMANCE
A group of freshmen have been limbering up their “funny bones” this semester as part of the 1910 Comedy 101: Exploring Our World through Humor class. Taught by doctoral student Cori Hall Healy, the class has students keeping a daily “joke journal” and “learning to look at the world and be fascinated,” Healy said.
In the process, they are learning more about themselves, developing their public speaking skills and gaining confidence by presenting their jokes in a class where ego is not an issue and everyone is supportive, said Healy, who in another life was a standup comedian on the circuit of comedy clubs.
The class will get what may be for some their first experience with live comedy when they host the 1910 Comedy Benefit at the Funny Bone Comedy Club at Fat Fish Blue in Perrysburg this Sunday (Oct. 30). Beyond entertainment, the show also has a serious purpose: all proceeds will go to Cocoon Shelter for Wood County women and children.
“The students have embraced the social and communal aspect of the show,” Healy said. “They’ve designed T-shirts to sell and posters and have seen about promoting it on the radio. I’m so proud of them.”