Week Six :: July 27–August 2

What’s Funny?

In Partnership with the National Comedy Center

Come learn and laugh with us as Chautauqua Institution again partners with the National Comedy Center for a week exploring how comedy changes us and, in turn, society.

  • Comedy can do more than hold up a mirror to our world; it can, in fact, change it. We look at the potential of comedy — particularly political comedy — to change minds and influence decision-making.
  • Among the topics to explore are: What does your sense of humor reveal about you? How can we be challenged by things we don’t find funny?
  • We look at the challenging intersection of free speech, political correctness, and humor, and what we can learn from that uncomfortable space.


Interfaith Lecture Theme :: What's So Funny About Religion?

Theme description in progress. 

  • Sunday, July 28, 2019 | 02:30pm

    New York State Summer School of the Arts School of Choral Studies

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    90 high school students from across New York State gather at SUNY Fredonia each summer to study and sing at the New York State Summer School of the Arts. They are chosen by state-wide auditions and enthusiastically offer a Sunday afternoon of song each summer.

    Location: Amphitheater


  • Monday, July 29, 2019 | 04:00pm

    Augustin Hadelich and Orion Weiss

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    Note: Due to high expected attendance, complimentary tickets MUST be obtained in advance of this event. Tickets are on a first-come basis at the Welcome Center Ticket Office which opens at 7 a.m.

    Location: Lenna Hall


  • Wednesday, July 31, 2019 | 08:15pm

    The Capitol Steps: "Make America Grin Again"

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    No matter who or what is in the headlines, you can count on The Capitol Steps to tackle both sides of the political spectrum and all things equally foolish. What more would you expect from the group that puts the "MOCK" in Democracy?

    Location: Amphitheater