AMES, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa State University course is teaching stand-up comedy to help students with their public speaking.

Students are learning to write and tell jokes during the Comedy College course being taught at the Ames campus. They’re also learning to improve their sense of humor.

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Gavin Jerome, a professional entertainer who is helping to teach the course, says humor has practical applications for any student in any major.

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He also says there are techniques and formulas to being funnier.

The course’s final test will have students performing a stand-up routine at a campus nightclub in early December.

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