Comedy Show

URI Hosts a Symposium on Comedy as Social Commentary

Laugh and learn at this URI humorous event


Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: a Penn State professor, a famous standup comedian and a bunch of URI students walk into Swan Hall… On Saturday, March 22, URI’s Harrington School of Communication and Media hosts Open Mic, Open Minds: An Exploration of Social Issues Through Standup. This full-day humor symposium will not only celebrate comedy, but also critique and study it, exploring it as a mechanism for addressing social issues. Participants will attend workshops hosted by performers and communications professionals, explore the history of standup with keynote speaker Dr. Jerry Zolten from Penn State Altoona, work in groups to put together a comedy piece around a social issue of their choice and, as the grand finale, be treated to a closing set from comedian Patton Oswalt, a true master of comedy-as-social-critique. $20 for students, $30 for non-students. 60 Upper College Road, Kingston.