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.
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.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Dinner
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.Lunch: Lunch in hotelAfternoon: CLASS: Today’s World of Standup Comedy
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.Dinner: Dinner in hotelEvening: CLASS: Men, Women & Comedy
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.
Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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
After 20 plus years in California, New York City native JEFF APPLEBAUM is finally learning to speak English. Jeff’s comedy examines his life experiences, which include being the only white kid on his Little League team in Queens, having a Chinese wife who orders from take-out menus in fluent Mandarin and raising a teen son who calls himself Jewnese because he says it sounds better than Chine-ish. Jeff made his national TV debut on CBS as a comedian on the Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson. He has also appeared on Comedy TV, Byron Allen’s nationally syndicated program and opened for and performed with comic legends Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Kevin Pollak and Jake Johansen. Jeff was cast by Sandy Hackett, the late Buddy Hackett's son, to play the principal role of Joey Bishop in the long-running musical tribute The Rat Pack Is Back in San Francisco, Chicago, Manchester, New Hampshire and Las Vegas. Jeff also appeared in the blockbuster film The Pursuit of Happyness starring Will Smith. Prior to comedy, Jeff worked as an engineer using his two degrees from MIT. Along with performing, he is currently developing the Comedy Channel for Aha Radio and lives with his wife and three children in Silicon Valley. Learn more at www.jeffapplebaum.com.Lodging: Hilton SFO BayfrontMeals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
1401 Shoreline Blvd, Mt. View; take 101 south exit Shoreline Blvd, turn left onto Shoreline, cross through intersection, museum on right.For additional information, visit: http://www.computerhistory.org/
Take Highway 101 south to 92 west to 280 south. Exit Edgewood Road, Exit 29. Right on Edgewood. Right on Canada. Left at 86 Canada Road.For additional information, visit: http://filoli.org/
Take Hwy 101 south to Holly Street/Redwood Shores Pkwy exit. Go east onto Redwood Shores Pkwy. Turn right onto Airport Road. Turn right onto Skyway Road.For additional information, visit: www.hiller.org/
650-604-6274 or 650-604-6497
Moffett Field; Take 101 south, Exit Moffett Blvd./NASA Parkway, at the stop light, turn right, as you approach Moffett Field, turn right at the stop sign before the main gate, The center is on the right, proceed behind the dome for parking.For additional information, visit: http://www.nasa.gov/centers/ames/home/exploration.html
Go south on 101 to Embarcadero Road. Travel three miles. Embarcadero Road becomes Galvez Street when you cross El Camino Real. Stay in the left lane and continue past the stadium. The entrance to the Visitor Center Lot is on the left just beyond Nelson Road.For additional information, visit: http://www.stanford.edu/