Classics of Comedy | Newberry

Classics of Comedy

Led by Bruce Gans. Four sessions, 2 - 4 pm.
Tuesday, February 13, 2018
Tuesdays, February 13 - March 6

2 - 4 pm

Online registration is closed. Call (312) 255-3700 to register.

Cost and Registration Information

Early Registration Price (January 9 at 10 am – January 26 at 4 pm): $170
Regular Registration Price (January 26 at 4 pm – first day of class): $187

Members, seniors, and students get a 10% discount.

Online registration is closed, but you can still register by phone. Please call (312) 255-3700 to do so.

Excuse our dust!

Beginning January 2018 the Newberry will be undertaking renovation of much of the first floor. The Adult Education Seminars Program will still have use of the basement classrooms, but please check this link frequently for the latest conditions - which exterior doors are open or closed, where to find an accessible entrance, which restrooms are available, etc.

Because of the renovation, the Newberry Bookstore will be closed during the Winter/Spring and Summer 2018 terms. As such, seminar participants will be responsible for acquiring all required texts for their seminars on their own. We apologize sincerely for the inconvenience, and appreciate your understanding. We have put together a list of helpful resources that should make it easy to find the books you need.

Seminar Description

The focus of “Classics of Comedy” is, first and foremost, delight. We will read comic literary masterpieces that have stood the test of time and make the reader literally laugh out loud. The goal of this course is to have fun and to discover the nuggets of insight into human nature that make these works so hysterical, while fulfilling our essential human need for laughter. Four sessions.

Bruce Gans taught at the City Colleges of Chicago where he created Great Books Curricula that earned major grants from the NEH and U.S. Department of Education and was also featured in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal.

Materials List


  • A course pack of additional materials, compiled by the instructor and distributed during the first class, for which there will be a nominal fee due at that time.

First Reading:

  • For the first class, please read the syllabus that will be sent upon registration, in the confirmation email.

This class is part of the Newberry’s Adult Education Seminars Program. Learn more about our registration procedures.