ORIENTATION: Begins before dinner. We'll have an overview of the program ahead and review the up-to-date schedule, responsibilities, safety guidelines, emergency procedures, any other administrative issues, and answer your questions. Please be aware that local circumstances may require adjusting program elements. In the event of changes, we will notify you as quickly as possible. We appreciate your understanding.Dinner: Dinner in hotel
Menus are contracted for the program and are designed to offer balanced, healthy meals for the participants. In addition to the regular Road Scholar meal plan, this hotel offers a vegetarian meal option. Unfortunately, there are no other special meal options. Participants with special dietary needs should be prepared to avoid certain foods or supplement the regular meal plan as needed.Evening:
INTRODUCTIONS: Participants introduce themselves to the rest of the group.
Enjoy the remainder of the evening getting to know your fellow participants and discovering what you share beyond a love of lifelong learning.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
What’s it like to be a comedian? Your instructor is a stand-up comic who offers insight into the creative process of a joke—from the idea to the writing to the delivery. You will also be taken backstage to learn how comedians progress up the tough comedy ladder to pursue their labor of laugh.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Today's World of Stand up ComedyDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: Stand up Comedy: Dan St. Paul
DAN ST. PAUL is a veteran of San Francisco's creative stand-up legacy . He has appeared on five episodes of An Evening at the Improv, plus numerous shows on VH-1, MTV, ABC, NBC and Comedy Central. He has opened for such superstars as Ringo Starr, Jerry Seinfeld, Natalie Cole, Smokey Robinson and Vince Gill. In a testament to the class of his act, Dan even opened for the San Francisco Symphony! He appeared in the movie Flubber with Robin Williams, and signed a recording deal with MCA records. His CD, Natural and Good for You, contains one the most requested comedy pieces on radio, The First Baseball Game. He hosts a comedy showcase every Monday at Club Fox in Redwood City, CA. Dan will be debuting his one-man show, What's Funny After 50, next January.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
JERRY FROHMADER is accomplished both inside and outside the classroom. His professional hats include composer, performer, teacher and arts administrator. His compositions have been performed in cities and universities throughout the U.S. and Europe. During his tenure as Assistant Dean in the School of Music at the California Institute of Arts, he composed a musical score for the opera Victory Over The Sun by Malevich. It was performed at the L.A. County Museum of Art, The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the New Theater Festival in Berlin and Amsterdam, the Next Wave Festival at the Brooklyn Academy of Music and the Aspen Music Festival. As a professional musician, keyboards and saxophone, he has performed with the New Jersey Symphony, Clark Terry, AM Los Angeles and the Jerry Lewis Telethon. In addition, he is an instructor for Road Scholar with recognition from ABC News, Peter Jennings, CNN Travel and most recently a PBS program, SPARK, which featured Jerry in a segment called American Music.
CRAIG JESSUP has been playing theatres, cabarets and concert halls throughout the United States, Canada and Europe for over 30 years. After receiving his Bachelor’s Degree in Theatre from Oregon State University and studying acting at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh and American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco, Jessup teamed with Ruth Hastings and Barry Lloyd in 1977 to form Ruth Hastings & Co. The trio played nearly every cabaret in San Francisco including Le Domino, Chez Jacques, Gordon’s, Fanny’s, Trinity Place and the Plush Room, culminating in a sold-out concert at the Geary Theatre, which was recorded live.
Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
What does gender have to do with what’s funny? “Take my wife. Please.” As Henny Youngman’s famous line points out, it’s a common theory of comedy (thank you, Freud) that one way we use humor is to exploit the anxiety, tension or anger we have about different things. Men making jokes about women, women making jokes about men, and both making jokes about marriage and sex, have been a staple of our comedy diet since the beginning. Take Aristophanes, please. Over 2400 years ago, his plays were filled with comedy about the genders. And those cave drawings in France? What do you think they were talking about? How he won’t take out the garbage and how she put on a couple of extra pounds. Beginning with a short history of how gender has played out in humor, we will discuss the following questions: In what ways do the genders continue to battle out their differences through humor? What is the difference between “women’s” humor and “men’s” humor? Why does comedy tend to be so dominated by men? How do things change when a male or female say the same joke? How does “gendered” comedy challenge or uphold the values of the status quo? How does the humor of the gay/lesbian/bi/trans community enter into this? Employing audio and video examples and lots of jokes, this workshop, promises a lively, provocative and fun discussion.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Men, Women and HumorDinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Great Jewish Comedians: So, You Think That's Funny?
From Myron Cohen to Sarah Silverman, Jewish jokesters have had a disproportionate influence on American comedy. At three percent of the nation's population, Jews have made up as much as two-thirds of the country's comics. Learn how and why Jews have been making us laugh for decades.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Stand up Comedy: Maureen Langan
MAUREEN LANGAN performs all over the world. She was a finalist in the 2009 San Francisco Comedy Competition and the winner of the 2009 MAC Award for Best Female Comic. She’s appeared on The Joy Behar Show, Comics Unleashed, and HBO. She’s a regular at Carolines on Broadway in New York City. Maureen grew up in Lake Hiawatha, New Jersey, where there is no lake.Lunch: Lunch in hotel; program is over after lunch; hotel checkout is noon.Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch