The 2011 Spring T3 Talks will focus on will focus on the serious side of funny. We believe that being funny is not just a gift bestowed on some and not on others, but a mental skill that can be developed, and with practice can become second nature. This workshop will explore the science of what makes things funny, some of the universal principles of humor, and the role humor plays in strengthening social connections. It will also include practical and fun tips drawn from the games and philosophy of improv. This is a great event and all proceeds will go to the non-profit Palo Alto Institute! It is full food buffet and open bar which is covered in your ticket price!
We’ve already lined up four amazing speakers:
Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), the editorial cartoonist for the Economist magazine of London is generally acknowledged to be one of the premier caricaturists of the twentieth century. His award-winning print work has appeared in more than 100 publications worldwide. KAL’s work in animation includes the development of 3D digital characters that can be animated in real time. Starting in October 2007, KAL teamed up with Chicago's famous "Second City" comedy troupe for a 6 city touring show called 'The Art of Satire". KAL employed "real-time" interactive animated satire for the shows including live press conferences and dance competitions with his 3-D caricatures.
Dr. Peter McGraw, is the director of the Humor Research Lab (aka HuRL) at the University of Colorado, Boulder. The lab is dedicated to the experimental study of humor, its antecedents, and the consequences. McGraw is an assistant professor of marketing and psychology, and his research expertise is in the interdisciplinary fields of behavioral decision theory and emotions. McGraw is a popular speaker, lecturing frequently to academic and mainstream audiences, and he writes a popular blog on the study of judgement, emotion, and choice. His research has been covered by Scientific American, the Wall Street Journal and the BBC, and his research appears in Psychological Science, the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Management Science.
Chris Sams, the director of BATS Improv's On-The-Go programs, delights in using improvisational theater technique as a trainer-facilitator to teach spontaneity, adaptability, creativity, leadership, storytelling, communication/listening, ensemble and team building. Chris leads improv classes and workplace workshops for companies and corporate teams. His professional background is in non-profit management.
John Morreall, an internationally recognized authority on humor and its benefits, has been teaching university courses on humor since 1983. His sixty articles and five books include Comic Relief and Humor Works. Since 1988 John has been on the editorial board of Humor: International Journal of Humor Research. He has also served on the board of the International Journal for Humor and Health. For 2004 and 2005, he was elected President of the International Society of Humor Studies. His work has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Washington Post, The Economist, Forbes, and the Financial Times. Among John’s clients are IBM, ING, and the IRS. His hobbies include plumbing and looking for the remote.