TED Talk Salon: Comedy is Translation

Join in our TED Talk Salon for a brain-stimulating presentation and lively discussion. For the curious world citizen, you may enjoy this video-style book club.

This month's topic:  Comedy is Translation

Every act of communication is, in some way, an act of translation. Writer, comedian, and juggler extraodinaire Chris Bliss thinks hard about the way that great comedy can translate deep truths for a mass audience.

Chris Bliss is a national headline comedian, with credits including the Tonight Show and the Late Show with David Letterman, as well as an internationally renowned variety artist, opening for superstars from Eric Clapton to Michael Jackson.

In 2005, he founded MyBillofRights.org, with the mission of creating monuments and permanent displays of the Bill of Rights in civic spaces across America. The organization dedicated America’s first monument celebrating the Bill of Rights at the Arizona Capitol Mall, in December 2012.


3:30...Watch the TED Talk, discuss in small groups
5:00...Whole group summary/further discussion
5:30...Socializing until the library closes at 6


Monthly, we view a recorded TED Talk (of about 20 min.) from those posted at ted.com. Talks are by a person notable in their field, who has interesting things to say. After viewing their piece, we'll break into smaller groups and talk about the ideas raised (with the occasional tangent! ;-)

Talks are selected because they catch the interest of Rebecca, our TED salon moderator, and are likely candidates for good conversation. (Participant recommendations are welcomed-email Rebecca.)

Please join us!

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  • Rita P.

    I enjoyed the presentation. Stimulated wonderful discussion. Translation, as I see it, takes place in the listener. Ultimately, it's collaborative. Thanks for making this speaker available.

    September 8, 2013

  • Rebecca

    As you might guess, lots has been studied and written about humor in all it's forms. Here's just a couple of interesting pages: classification of 20 types (!) of humor - http://www.dailywritingtips.com/20-types-and-forms-of-humor/ and humor styles (positive, negative, and in between) - http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200606/whats-your-humor-style.

    September 7, 2013

  • Rebecca

    Great conversation; thanks, everyone!

    September 7, 2013

  • Andre G.

    Nice show, excellent discussion.

    September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Simply Superb!!

    1 · September 7, 2013

  • Shelley N.

    I cannot come after all.

    September 3, 2013

    • Rebecca

      Shelley, if you wouldn't mind updating your RSVP... There's a button at the top of the column of attendees where you can click to change your response. Thanks!

      September 3, 2013

  • Rebecca

    We're at our maximum attendance - not surprising given the topic!

    There's usually a bit of fluctuation in RSVPs as we come into the "home stretch" and we sure do appreciate your efforts to keep them up-to-date.

    That said, if you're on the waiting list and feel like coming, I promise we won't turn you away. :-)

    September 3, 2013

  • Deborah J. N.

    I'd like to also bring my daughter....so RSVP for 3, please?

    September 2, 2013

    • Audrey K.

      Yes, that will work. You should change your own RSVP to coming with 2 guests.

      September 2, 2013

  • Deborah J. N.

    Hi....would it be okay if my 16 year old granddaughter came to the event? She's interested in our group. She's visiting me for the weekend. Please reply so we can make traveling arrangements.

    September 2, 2013

    • Audrey K.

      Yes, of course your granddaughter can come and participate.

      September 2, 2013

  • Jan

    Working. :(

    August 11, 2013

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