Saturday Scholar Series: “What’s So Funny About a Joke?”


Location: Snite Museum’s Annenberg Auditorium

“What’s So Funny About a Joke?”

Mark W. Roche, Rev. Edmund P. Joyce, C.S.C., Professor of German Language and Literature, Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures

Why do we tell and enjoy jokes? How are the most complex jokes structured? The presentation, which includes a number of jokes, analyses the greatness and limits of Freud’s theory of jokes and then explores the ways in which jokes play with various kinds of paradoxes.