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    Comedy 101

    COMEDY 101 is set up as a college course in humor, with the audience as the students. Stodgy middle-aged professor Frank Ridins (played by Mr. Hogue) teaches an introductory college class on the principles, theory and history of comedy. On the first day of the semester, he is giving a lecture on the various aspects of the singular human expression of laughter to the assembled students (the audience). His presentation of dry academic material is continually being disrupted by the antics, jokes and irreverent behavior of his young teacher's assistant, Miss Nomer, a master's candidate earning credits toward her degree, who attempts to inject some humor into the proceedings. The show explores the age-old question of "What Is Laughter?" Topics explored — and demonstrated — include "The Phonetics of Laughter", "Laughter and Intoxication", and "Do Other Animals Laugh?" Author Mitch Hogue researched the topic for seven years before he wrote the play. Mitch Hogue is a writer and performer whose works have been produced in New York, Philadelphia, Europe and Japan. He wrote and directed the musical Radio WARP, which Variety called "mop-your-eyes hilarious". This is his first time performing with his daughter, Jennifer Hogue, an actress in New York.

    Dates:  Opens June 24, 2004
    Previews start: June 15, 2004
    Schedule:  Tues.-Sat. 8 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m., Sun. 3 and 7 p.m.
    Venue:  John Houseman Studio Theatre, 450 W. 42nd St. bet. 9th & 10th Ave.
    Price:  $40, previews $30
    Tickets/info:  (212) 279-4200

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