Participants will be introduced to the elements of comedy like physical comedy, improvisation, stock characters, joke writing, caricature, and more! Participants will have the opportunity to dive deep into their imaginations and senses of humor. They will then connect the elements of comedy to their other Chuck Jones art classes and explore ways to incorporate humor into their artwork. Participants will get to write jokes and sketches, play theatre and improv games, tap into their imaginations and humor, and more! Classes may include video shorts and examples of great comedians and clowns of the past like Buster Keaton, Lucille Ball, and many of your favorite Chuck Jones characters. Some activities may involve movement, so come prepared to be up and about and have fun!
Mike Funt travels the globe performing and directing as a clown, actor, director, and teacher. Funt has led workshops in clown, mask, improv, and circus arts in China, India, Japan, England, France, Brazil and all over the U.S., with his home base at The Clown School in Hollywood. Funt is also a regular performer in the theatre, in the circus, theme parks, cabarets, comedy clubs, and through the relief efforts of Clowns Without Borders and medical clowning.
For years, Mike served as the Artistic Director of the internationally-touring, multi award-winning clown troupe Four Clowns. He also works with play expert Dr. Stuart Brown’s National Institute for Play.
Mike was trained and certified in Laughter Yoga with Dr. Madan Kataria. Additionally, Mike is a Mentor Leader for PlayMatters!, a committee of the Southern California Advocates for Every Young Child. He formerly taught at the San Francisco Comedy College and served five years as head of the Theatre Department for the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program.