Questions related to Comedy
A little story of scientific struggle. I submitted a paper to an Elsevier's journal in October 2018. It took about two months to send the paper to the reviewers, a little longer than average. But that was ok, I wasn't in a hurry at the time. In May, the paper was still "under review". It took much longer than average for "Material Science". I contacted the help desk and I got a reply from a guy in India. No editor of the journal lives in India, it's just less expensive to run a "call center" there. He told me that only one of the two reviewers replied. Usually, when a reviewer is late on his job, the paper is sent to someone else, but, for unknown reasons, not in this case. He told me that he will personally make sure to contact the reviewer and that he will update me in 3 weeks. After 6 weeks, I didn't receive any updates from him. I wrote an angry letter, but he ignored most of the content and just replied that he was sorry, but the editor in charge resigned and the process was probably going to take much longer. He promised to keep me updated. So I contacted directly the editor. She did indeed resign, but in May, BEFORE I contacted Elsevier the first time. The support guy didn't even know. She offered to send a letter to the editorial board to speed things up. One month is passed, the paper is still listed under her (3 months after she left) and I didn't receive any further update. Today I wrote to the Managing Editor.
My precious work is in the hands of people with no respect for the hundreds of hours I spent in my lab for this project. No respect for the PhD students who need a publication to get their degree. No respect for our intellectual property which is currently stalled because of their internal issues. My promotion also depends on my publications, of course.
Just like a sad italian comedy from the '70s.
A while back i came across the comedies Busybody by Jack Popplewell and Out of Order by Ray Cooney. I know they both are british and that they were great successes in the theater. However, i was unable to find out anything more about them, even using google. Is anyone familiar with them?
I have a article title. Stand Up Comedy In Preaching: Comedian or Preacher? How do you think about that? Please give your advice?
Generally, to make learning more fun, I use some small comedies or very short stories in correlation with the concept, when the similarity or the analogy permits. It gives a great success to make students happy, focus, love the course, be relaxed from their internal stress, etc.
However, we must be vigilant, we risk to lost control, especially with some students who go far away. We must keep a discreet watch on their reactions or behaviors instantaneously. It’s very hard, it makes me very tired, but very successful.
Comic art has received differing explanations since Aristotle´s "Poetics." Bergson in his essay "Laughter" conceives of comedy as deshumanization of human beings into things or machines. How do you conceive the mechanism of the funny? Who is your favorite comedian or comedienne and what in your opinion makes him or her laughable? If you can post youtubes of examples, that would clarify.
Dark humor comedies with substituted corpses would do. Any repertoire would do (Italian, Spanish, German, Irish, British etc)