Teaching and Stand-up Comedy

For a long time, I have been thinking about a blog post that connects Teaching and Stand-Up Comedy (and why not capitalize them?).

As a teacher educator, I spend a good amount of time talking with my teacher candidates about what you are doing as a teacher is creating an environment. Sometimes you are creating an environment with stuff (a scientific experiment, for example). But mostly, you are doing it with language.

This video is a discussion between four comedians (Jerry Seinfeld, Louis CK, Chris Rock, and Ricky Gervais) about how they work to make a joke, well, work. This opened a door me about language creating an environment.

But then I just saw this great analysis and I knew my intuition was right. I need to work more on making this connection with my students.

Feel free to share what you think.

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