I’m James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans, and the views I’m about to express are that of my own and some of yours. Let me play this clip. (Cut to the clip of The Joker as he says, “If you have to explain the joke, THEN THERE IS NO JOKE!” Cut to James physically) And I will have to post this (James pulls out a gigantic stamp and puts the word “SPOILERS” on the screen, then tosses it in the background.) I did that because I had to set up something I will discuss, JOKES! (Cut to current “Sitcoms” and Comedy movies of the past fifteen years as James does a voiceover.)

And for a good reason, there has been a recent influx of people talking about how much comedy has lost its ability to be funny and make people laugh. There’s a reason why I find Cheese Aging, Paint Drying, Hearing about Climate Change, and watching mold grow on a stale piece of bread more humorous than an episode of “Superstore,” quite simply it relies on over-explaining the joke, relying on people laughing at the stereotypes and not landing one laugh out of me. I love a good comedy that can make me laugh; “Superstore” does not do that. Then we come to long-running comedies like “SNL,” “The Simpsons,” and “South Park.” They’ve either gone to the well one too many times, or their attempts to stay relevant have left them in disrepair. (Cut to James in a lab coat at Sullivan County Community College)

This is why I am here at SUNY Sullivan Community College: to educate people about the science of humor! Welcome to Comedy 101, and I am your instructor, James Faraci, The Last Of The Americans! Let’s start off with what makes a joke funny.

Join me to learn what real comedy comes from!

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