ENGLISH 1A – 7pm Section

7-7:10pm:  Has anyone laughed lately?  At a certain point, don’t you just have to laugh?  And notice, this is a QUESTION.  Not a judgment or statement.

7:10-7:30pm:  Let’s talk about humor in Composition.  How is humor part of composition?  How can humor be literature?  What is the value to humor?  Has anyone heard of David Sedaris?  If so, what do you know?

7:30-7:50pm:  Analyzing humor, comedy, anything that makes us laugh.  What does it do to the writing?  Just make it entertaining, or something else?

7:50-8pm:  Finding funny in everything….  Can it be done?

8-8:20pm:  Humor in our lives, in our families, in some of the dumb stuff we do….  What do you think?  Me, I have to laugh at myself when I f/ck up, otherwise it poisons my mood and vibe.

8:20-8:40:  David Sedaris…. Someone who writes differently.  In a diary then to a formal essay.  He teaches us not just about comedy, but about writing an essay.  To enjoy the liberated writing in a diary or journal first, then organize.  To make writing yours!

8:40-8:50:  Close…. What do you have in your notes/on tonight’s page?

ASSIGNMENT:  1, Research David Sedaris.  2, type and EMAIL ME a 2-page reaction to your findings on Sedaris…. What do you think of him?  What is he like?  What sources did you find useful?  (HINT: Watch his videos on YouTube, to start!). 3, write out your goals for this semester, not just for this class but all-encompassing, and write how you plan to satisfy them.  Be prepared to discuss next meeting.

Also, I will be starting my Zoom office hours next week, by appointment.  Stay tuned!

388 Comments Add yours

  1. mikemadigan says:

    I’ve been in the wine industry for YEARS, and have always wondered what Mr. Sedaris would write if he were in the tasting room, hosting groups, giving tours…. I admire his perspective and the way he pens his moments.

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    1. He is very interesting, He sees the good in everything, Such a free spirit from what it seems like. Also has a very good memory lol

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  2. Michael Pearson says:

    Great storyteller.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Oh yes!! You’ll love him, Michael!

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  3. renvs says:

    I watched the first few minutes of his interview on the jimmy kimmel show. He seems silly, he takes the stories in his life and transforms them into something funny. Everyday interactions with a small though or wonder from us and he has us laughing or pondering too!

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  4. kaylinromo says:

    Okay so I just watched a short video on YouTube on David Sedaris and so far, I like the guy! The way he talked about connecting with people was really interesting and the types of questions he has said to have asked people are definitely funny. The type to make you scratch your head while you laugh.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Cheers!! Keep going with your research, and have fun!!

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  5. duncankindopp says:

    Very unique thought process that lead to funny outcomes. Loves how he talks and how he conveys the stories.

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  6. Luis Varela says:

    I think he’s intriguing to say the least. I feel like I can grow to like him and understand him as a writer.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Yes. And learn from his style of essays and storytelling.

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  7. mikemadigan says:

    I feel like my neighbors have parked their two tucks 55 times, 155 different ways. WTF are they doing?

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  8. mikemadigan says:

    USE YOUR NOW FOR MATERIAL. No matter the assignment, writing prompt or intention.

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  9. His story telling is impeccable LOL you can tell how he is as soon as he starts talking lol I like him already!

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  10. aalexvillanueva94 says:

    From the video I was just watching on him, he seems like a very straight forward person and like you said earlier…Fearless!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Absolutely. Has a major case of the f/ck-it’s.

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  11. garinmccormick says:

    Just watched a couple minutes of his interview with jimmy Kimmel, he seems like a character. Very observant person and also very genuine. Seems like he’s done a lot of thinking about life and people.

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    1. garinmccormick says:

      seems like he could poke fun at anything.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Yes. Especially himself.

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    2. Quince Wu says:

      Same!

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  12. beysaira abundiz says:

    I was watching some videos on YouTube and he said that he couldn’t move on into he wrote what he saw or what he hears in his diary.

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  13. mikemadigan says:

    One thing I love about Sedaris is his inviting tone.

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  14. He’s seems like a guy where people say that we need to protect him at all costs. haha He just said he drew a tombstone in. someones book and the sent it back to him! hahaha!

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    1. renvs says:

      What a lovely notion XD

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  15. noahfruge says:

    David Sedaris seems like a very smart man. He has a very interesting way of thinking and in the short video i watched he said he wrote everyday for 15 years before his first book came out and that seems insane.

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  16. mikemadigan says:

    I just watched part of the video where he’s reading a piece he wrote on voting. OMG, perfect.

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  17. mikemadigan says:

    They’re still driving their trucks. Why.

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    1. Because they really don’t know how to operate them! They like the look of them and how they make their ego feel.

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        That, or they want to remind themselves of something.

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  18. For tonights notes I have written down to love me, love who I am in order for me to get a better perspective. Learn to laugh at myself at times that are not so funny and just be free.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Cheers, and enjoy YOU. From what I can see, you’re a lovely person with a LOT of life. Enjoy your night and thanks for being here.

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  19. kennymartinezromero says:

    Just saw a clip of him with Seth Meyers, he seems to be a very honest and genuine individual. I’d have to do more research on him to get a better understanding of him though.

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  20. renvs says:

    My cat stood on her back paws and tapped the table I’m working on with her other paw. She meowed and is now meowing at the washer. I wonder if she want attention or to break me away from conversation. The cats mind is an enigma

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      🙂 …. That’s awesome.

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  21. juliakreed9 says:

    I have not heard of David Sedaris before, I look forward to learning more about him and his writing

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  22. aalexvillanueva94 says:

    I’ve been feeling like I’ve had spiders crawling on me all day, but there’s nothing there lol

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Yes there is. You have superpowers now. Try not to get arrested.

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    2. OMG weird so have ?!?!?! What is happening? LOL

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    3. renvs says:

      Look out spiderman, they’re coming for your brand

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      1. mikemadigan says:

        Spider-Man is a plagiarist.

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      2. renvs says:

        Much like shakespear apparently

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      3. mikemadigan says:

        He is so a plagiarst d/ck. Have I said that in here already?

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      4. renvs says:

        No, but this made my night XD

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      5. mikemadigan says:

        Yeah, I’m not a fan of Bill. I could talk sh/t about him, forever. When people tell me they want to major in Shakespeare, I’m like, “You’re going to die one day. Why?”

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  23. David Sedaris is not shy. And that he really doesn’t like the word “awesome” because it reminds him of the word “fine”.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Funny, as I do think he’s shy. In person, not in writing.

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  24. Michael Pearson says:

    Tonight in my notes I wrote that funny is about timing and perspective.

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  25. noahfruge says:

    for tonights page I am going to think of some times that I was down on myself and just laugh at them because it doesn’t matter anymore

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Enjoy your writing!

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  26. juliakreed9 says:

    tonight’s notes were focused on needing to get back into an exercise routine…. I use to go every day before corona

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  27. haleywalsh24 says:

    Tonights notes are about humor and to be able to write and be funny It can’t be forced it has to be genuine.

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  28. renvs says:

    For tonight’s page I;m going to write down all the shenanigans my cat and my dog get up to do when i’m working. I will fill the journal just you wait

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  29. mikemadigan says:

    On my page for the night…. ME. Find more me in the humor of ME. This is healing, this is healthy, this is LOVE.

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  30. Luis Varela says:

    for tonight’s notes I have written that humor can be used to many different forms of writing.

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  31. mikemadigan says:

    Thank you all for a great meeting tonight!! I appreciate all of you!!! Be in love with your SELF, and your writing. Enjoy your research on Sedaris, and I can’t wait to see what you find!! LOVE and RESPECT….. #professormikey

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    1. Luis Varela says:

      You are very welcome I know my presence will always bring joy!

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  32. garinmccormick says:

    tonight my notes contained sparks to greater thinking on the ideas of humor and happiness. haha also life in general. Getting the feeling that how class is gonna go which I enjoy. Sorta philosophy English class combo.

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Just thoughts, nothing more. And, Philosophy majors are English majors who can’t write. True story.

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  33. aalexvillanueva94 says:

    In my notes tonight i wrote down some podcast ideas.

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  34. kaylinromo says:

    Tonights notes will be about me coming up with a routine where I can get work done and also have some me time. We all need me time!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      True! And it’s not as hard to find as some think!

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  35. renvs says:

    Good night everyone! Thank you all for sharing and giving me a good laugh here and there! You are all wonderful!

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      #pozvibez …. 🙂

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  36. In my notes for today I have that its okay to make fun of myself and that the way I might look at something, isn’t the same way other people see it.

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  37. claudia alvarez says:

    Enjoyed this convo tonight! Loved hearing everyones opinion

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    1. mikemadigan says:

      Enjoy your night! Thank you for being here!!

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  38. Alondra Catalan says:

    What I have in my notes for tonight’s page is that laughter brings happiness and we could all use a little bit of joy in our lives.

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  39. Night everyone! See you next class! Stay safe out there!

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  40. beysaira abundiz says:

    Tonight note are about what is humor and like you said “in order to write humor you have to be a fan of you!”

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  41. beysaira abundiz says:

    Goodnight everyone!

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  42. Quince Wu says:

    In my notes I have, The ability to laugh and have fun is a gift for humans.

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  43. Quince Wu says:

    Good night!

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  44. kaylinromo says:

    Thank you all for tonights convo, very interesting! Goodnight everyone, and stay safe!

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  45. mikemadigan says:

    #POZVIBEZ, 7pm fam.

    #professormikey, OUT.

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  46. He seems pretty chill

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