Date of Award

Fall 12-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name


Degree Program

Film and Theatre


Film and Theatre

Major Professor

Overton, John

Second Advisor

Fulop, Laszlo

Third Advisor

Haber, Yotam


What is comedy? Can someone learn to be funny? Are there rules or guidelines for the production of laughter, the universal language? This paper, which outlines an investigation of successful comedians and the production of a short film, determines to aggregate as many of the relevant prerequisites of inducing giggles as possible, especially as they relate to the audiovisual medium of cinema.


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