Institute for Travesty,

Comedy, and Humor Studies

WELCOME

to the Institute for Travesty, Comedy, and Humor Studies (ITCHS). ITCHS was established for the research and study of comedy as a dramatic form and of humor, the spice of comedy. ITCHS uses a variety of research methodologies from multiple disciplines, notably including literary criticism, rhetoric, and the empirical sciences.                             

 

Shakespeare's Comedies

Vitalist Film Comedies

Classic Film Comedies

Sombre Comedy

Senior Comedy

 The Essence of Comedy

List of Works Discussed

Collections of Essays

Memorial Notes

Humor Quotient  Newsletter

Humor and Art

Humor and Mathematics

The Humor Corner

Humor and Aging

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What's New?

Exploring Shakespearean Tragedy

Developing an Analog to

ITCHS Comedic Theory

Trending

Everyman: Conversion Comedy

A Case in Point The Cherry Orchard

Forrest Gump: Finding the Dominant Humor Form

Comedic Structure in Henry IV, Part 1

Recent Shooting Stars

Les Précieuses Ridicules: Satire, the Satiric, and Comedy

Shakespeare’s comedy and humor in Much Ado about Nothing

Sir John Falstaff and his many humors

Senior comedy in On Golden Pond and Driving Miss Daisy

Vitalist comedy in Fiddler on the Roof  

Full-length critical works published on this site include

Comedic Tenor, Comic Vehicle: Humor in American Film Comedy

Comedy in a New Mood

December Comedy: Studies in Senior Comedy and Other Essays

Cheshire Smile:  Humor Texture and Personality in Shakespeare's Comedies

Four Seasons:  Variations in American Vitalist Film Comedy

Excerpts from Comedy in Space, Time, and the Imagination.

 

ITCHS is the home of the Humor Quotient Newsletter and the designer and administrator of the Humor Quotient Test and the Langerian/Bergsonian Vitalist Humor Test.

We hope that students of literature, psychology, sociology, and other disciplines will find useful sources in the e-volumes we publish here.

 

ITCHS is at its core a collaborative effort. We are proud of thousands of volunteer associates who have made our research discoveries possible.  And we are constantly looking to increase the number of scholar affiliates with whom we continue our efforts. If you are a humor scholar, a comedy scholar, a scholar in a related field like travesty,  satire, or tragedy and especially if you are a graduate student looking for a dissertation topic and institute affiliation, we want to hear from you.  We are experts in research design and quantitative analysis, and we are anxious to consider possibilities for collaborative research and publication. 

 

Queries of ITCHS should be directed to Paul Grawe, Project Director,  ITCHS@hbci.com.

 

 

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