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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.”
Beginning Fall 2021, we will be adding select in-person classes back to our course catalog. The majority of our classes will still be offered via Zoom.
If a class says IN-PERSON in its title, it will take place in person at our permanent home in Seattle.
If a class says ASYNCHRONOUS in its title, it will take place on Wet Ink, our asynchronous learning platform.
If a class does not have a marker after its title, it will take place via Zoom.
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.”