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“The secret source of humor itself is not joy but sorrow.” ~ Mark Twain
The strange and magical thing about humor is that its roots are often in sadness, shame, anger, frustration or humiliation. The stories we find the funniest are the ones in which the teller reveals something deeply vulnerable, but finds a way to mine the absurd even from their darkest moments. In this workshop, we’ll reveal ways in which you can do this in your own life—ways to gain perspective and the massive benefits of reframing one’s experience, both to your writing and your life.
For 10 years, Courtenay Hameister was the Host and Head Writer of Live Wire, a radio variety show now syndicated on over 110 public radio stations nationally. She wrote and performed over 200 humorous personal essays and lead a revolving team of comedy writers, including some NYT bestselling authors. She’s also a playwright, columnist and screenwriter whose work includes the web series "The Benefits of Gusbandry," which The New York Times called "A masterpiece of pretension-puncturing.” Her memoir, Okay Fine Whatever: The Year I Went From Being Afraid of Everything to Only Being Afraid of Most Things was a semi-finalist for the 2019 Thurber Prize for American Humor.