Though I was initially alarmed about the prospect of having to write on a blog; it turned out to be a very positive experience, thus I became very impressed with the class format. I really like how you set the stage or the rules of engagement for the grading of our Screening Questions; by putting the onus squarely on the student. I really enjoyed watching Duck Soup, Sullivan’s Travels, Airplane, Team America: World Police, Dr. Strangelove, Blazing Saddles, and Be Kind, Rewind. All of them gave me a different perspective and insight on how critical Comedy impacts our society and personal lives. Though the textbooks were good, I received a greater understanding through your lectures. My favorite lecture was the one entitled Laughter is the Cure for Depression; it is the perfect theme for humor which generally is what makes us laugh or be happy.
The question was asked; how this class changes the way I view American comedy films and culture? My answer is that I will never view American comedy just for entertainment alone but I will be looking to experience to a deeper meaning out of the film, by applying the lessons learned through this class. Thank you, Zach!!