Whether you are an interculturalist or not, you’ll love Caitlin Kunkel’s story of adapting the curriculum she wrote for The Second City in Chicago to teach satire and stage a show in Amman, Jordan. It was more about bringing her expertise for the process, not judging the content, says Kunkel, an accomplished comedy writer and satire teacher.
Which is good, since a lot of what transpired was in Arabic, which she doesn’t speak. “I didn’t have to know what they were saying to know if something was funny. If the entire class is laughing, the audience, the techs, the translators…It’s funny. It doesn’t matter if I understand it,” she said.