discuss the techniques of being funny. It’s still taking full shape,
but that’s the general idea.
CW: What inspired you to start it?
sit around and the conversation turns from talk of networking and
catching up to the art of being funny. So my selfish reason is that I
wanted to create that, a room full of comedy practitioners of all
walks talking about the physics of humor and sit in the middle of it
and soak it all in.
Also I have my own questions to pursue; What make’s something funny?
What is the purpose of humor? Why are plosive sounds funnier than
other sounds? What are the mechanics of the rule of three?
I believe that comedy is pursued by an individual drive in a person to
communicate their sense of humor to others, and that a majority of our
work is developed solitarily. To achieve this goal each of us has to
create certain frame works for our presentation. We literally have to
invent certain devices to reliably communicate our sense of humor to a
multitude of personalities and tastes. I wanted a place where these
inventions and discoveries could be shared and discussed.
CW: What do you hope people gain by attending the conclave?
the very least I hope that anyone who attends a conclave comes away
with a new perspective or angle from which to continue their comedy
work. That we should find inspiration in each others work.
My grand hope is that as the discussion on the qualities of humor
continue, those principles will stay fresh in everyone’s minds and we
will all grow by each other’s virtue.
It is also another opportunity for face to face social networking,
which I believe is vastly more valuable than the virtual kind.
CW: What kinds of topics and discussions do you have?
questions. Each meeting is open for topics to be proposed by all in
attendance. Some past topics have included; What makes a joke “a
joke”? Do we choose the Joke or does the Joke choose us? What are the
challenges facing Milwaukee Comedy? Is there an organic signature
style to Milwaukee comedy? What’s a good joke shape?
CW: Who can attend?
EK: The conclave is open to anyone who practices comedy. Comics,
comedians, comediennes, improvers, comic actors, comic writers, comic
strip artists. The only requirement is that you have to practice
comedy and consistently seek to improve it.