Chuckle. Chortle. Snicker. Cackle. Guffaw. Laughter. We usually recognize comedy by the laughter which accompanies it, but is that all there is to it? What is the true nature of comedy? Since the formal introduction by the ancient Greeks, comedy has been and continues to be more than just laughs. It can be explored from a philosophical perspective and shed light on this aspect of the human condition. In this session, participants will take this jovial phenomenon seriously, one laugh at a time.
Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Raritan Valley Community College
Brandyn Heppard is an assistant professor of philosophy at Raritan Valley Community College in New Jersey & Co-Director of RVCC’s Women’s Center. A PhD candidate at the New School for Social Research in NYC, his dissertation project is entitled “The Revolution Must Be Funny: Comedy as a Revolutionary Practice.” Brandyn is a peforming artist and furthers the mission of progressing humanity through the arts with his hip hop reggae band Universal Rebel.