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Satire is both a playground for imaginative buffoonery and a sensitive tool capable of great humanity and insight. For this class students will look at examples of contemporary satire from George Saunders to Key & Peele to The Onion and explore current minefields in comedy around identity, feminism and power dynamics. Each student will generate and workshop their own short work of satire, pitching and refining ideas, exploring premises and doing punch-up.
Class will be facilitated by two guiding principles from great satirical writers of our era: George Saunders’s conception of fiction as a “compassion-generating machine that saves us from sloth” and Kurt Vonnegut’s dictum, “Use the time of a total stranger in such a way that he or she will not feel the time was wasted.”
Due to COVID-19, all classes will take place online-either through Zoom or through Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform-through Spring quarter 2021.
All times are listed in Pacific Time.
Brett Hamil is a writer, cartoonist and performer in South Seattle. He’s the co-producer of Joketellers Union and the host of the Seattle Process. The Seattle Weekly once called him “the city’s premier political comic.”