CHRIS WELLS: Punching Up – exploring humor about and with minorities and ethnic groups
A way to proactively exploring humour about and with minorities and ethnic groups with your fellow improvisors before it comes up in a show
Everyone has a different sense of humour, but dealing with stereotypes can be a touchy issue for any improv troupe. How do we develop a common philosophy that isn’t based on presumptions before the issues come up during a show? And how do we keep it funny? More an exploration than a lecture, we’ll approach the subject through activities, scenes and discussion. “Punching up” is a term used to describe using satire against the powerful in society, as opposed to “punching down”, which is mocking those in a weaker position in society. What sort of comedy do we want to do? And how can we walk the line and represent all kinds of people in our work in the best way?