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    Intercultural Comedy with Jesse Appell
    “Intercultural comedian” Jesse Appell of Laughbeijing and the US-China Comedy Center guides Avenues students through an improv class – entirely in Chinese – and discusses why comedy is an act of cultural exchange: bit.ly/2lrYGWC
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In improv comedy workshops, Jesse led students through a series of games and activities designed to improve eye contact, hone concentration and encourage spontaneity

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Students read their books to one another.

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Students played scores from a variety of films.

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The managing board hard at work on edits and layout.

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Students needed to think rationally, philosophically and creatively in order to solve problems and come to agreements.

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