James Geary, deputy curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard , is the author of Wits’ End: What Wit is, How It Works, and Why We Need It, I Is an Other: The Secret Life of Metaphor and How It Shapes the Way We See the World and the New York Times bestseller, The World in a Phrase: A Brief History of the Aphorism, among other books.

In ‘5 Ways to Be Witty’, Geary playfully examines what wit is and how it works through film clips, folktales, literary anecdotes, jokes, and juggling—of ideas, words and balls. Come play word games, do short creativity tests, and take part in a pun competition, the winner of which receives a free copy of Geary’s book, Wit’s End!