David Misch (“Mork and Mindy”, “Saturday Night Live”, “The Muppets Take Manhattan”, “Funny: The Book / Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy”) presents a one-day seminar aimed at show business professionals – actors, writers, directors, producers, grips, best boys, great girls, terrific transgenders; whether just starting out or with years in the business, specializing in comedy or drama… in fact, anyone who wants to learn how comedy works. Please note: This class comes with an ironclad guarantee that it will impart no usable skills. Okay, that could be an exaggeration, but “The Rules” is part of “Practical Foundations of Comedy”, a course with the same guarantee which David’s taught at USC, UCLA, Columbia University, Oxford University (where he is known as “Lord Misch”) and elsewhere. The class involves no direct instruction but rather presents a critical, and serious (though funny), exploration of comedy as an art form, the idea being that understanding it will help you do it better. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. Topics covered include the Rule of 3 (Why are things funnier in threes? Really, why? I mean, why?); the relationship between Comedy and Logic (hint: they’re bitter enemies); the calculations involved in timing; comedy cues, and why withholding them is sometimes the best way to get a laugh; why your body is hilarious; the evil of punchlines; comedy “placebos”; and how the mechanics of jokes – tension and resolution, pattern recognition, misdirection, and surprise – provide a template for all humor. As for practical applications, the presentation includes copious clips from TV and movies which show how these principles of comedy translate into actual laughter. So forget all that stuff about no usable skills.