Wednesday, October 7

Doors: 6:45 PM
Showtime: 7:00 PM

Chautauqua@Home - Virtual Program

$12.00 ($9.00 Concert Member)*

The Chautauqua@Home Virtual Series takes place on Zoom and will still capture the elements of a Community House series – a unique presentation by speakers, followed by Q&A from the audience.

The day before each event, ticket buyers will be emailed with more information on how to join.

Nowadays our inboxes are filled with memes, cartoons, and jokes about COVID-19. And even though each one is another reminder of a horrific situation, we laugh. Why? Because we have to – laughter is as necessary to humankind as food. It reminds us that we can still feel joy. 

“Comedy vs. the Apocalypse” looks at how comedy lightens frightening things by making them seem ridiculous. That’s how humans use humor in terrible times; to affirm that the purpose of life is to do more than just survive. People need what author Phillip Pullman calls “the value of simple delight.”  

Join David Misch, Mel Brooks, Key & Peele, Samuel Beckett, Sarah Silverman and Charlie Chaplin to see how comedy laughs at tragedy – from the Black Death to the Holocaust to 9/11 to, well, now – and how humor can help get us to tomorrow. 

This performance includes mature content. 

About the Speaker: David Misch

David Misch wrote and produced stage and screen comedy for more than 40 years; his credits include “Mork and Mindy,” “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and “Saturday Night Live.” He’s also an author, playwright, songwriter, recovered stand-up comic, and teacher (his own comedy courses at UCLA and USC) and has spoken at the Smithsonian Institute, Yale, Columbia, the American Film Institute, Grammy Museum, Sony Pictures, Oxford University, Austin Film Festival and many others. More at

*All ticket purchases subject to service