Sleepwalk With Me

Mike Birbiglia, ‘Sleepwalk’-ing On The Big Screen
August 20, 2012
http://www.npr.org/2012/08/20/159272158/mike-birbiglia-sleepwalk-ing-on-the-big-screen

When comedian Mike Birbiglia opened his one-man show Sleepwalk With Me in 2008 at the Bleecker Street Theatre in New York, he didn’t anticipate that it would become material for a popular piece on This American Life and a New York Times best-seller.
He especially didn’t think it would turn into a feature film.

sleep disorder: REM behavior disorder

Birbiglia was a finalist for the 2011 Thurber Prize for American Humor for the novel Sleepwalk With Me & Other Painfully True Stories

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Emily Levine’s theory of everything

Emily Levine’s theory of everything
Feb 2002
http://www.ted.com/talks/emily_levine_s_theory_of_everything.html

Philosopher-comedian Emily Levine talks (hilariously) about science, math, society and the way everything connects. She’s a brilliant trickster, poking holes in our fixed ideas and bringing hidden truths to light. Settle in and let her ping your brain.

Humorist, writer and trickster Emily Levine riffs on science and the human condition.

This is Your Brain on Comedy


This is Your Brain on Comedy
TEDxRainier
2011?
http://tedxrainier.com/2/speaker_bliss.asp

Chris Bliss explores the inherent challenge of communication, and how comedy opens paths to new perspectives.

Chris Bliss is a national headline comedian, with credits including the Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as an internationally renowned variety artist, opening for superstars from Eric Clapton to Michael Jackson.

In 2005, he founded MyBillofRights.org, with the mission of creating monuments and permanent displays of the Bill of Rights in civic spaces across America. The organization expects to dedicate America’s first monument celebrating the Bill of Rights at the Arizona Capitol Mall, in December of 2012.

economy of language … punch line

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Hicks

an information delivery system that scores markedly higher in both credibility and retention than the professional news media.
Now this is double ironic when you consider that what gives comedy its edge at reaching around people’s walls is the way that it uses deliberate misdirection.

… a great piece of comedy is a verbal magic trick. When you think it’s going over here and all of a sudden you’re transported over here. And there’s this mental delay that is followed by laughter.

My suggestion to those of you who are seriously focused on creating a better world is: take a little bit of time each day and practice thinking funny.