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Title: Online Comedy Writing Classes


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Next exit A Career in Comedy Writing
ClassesYouValue - Online Comedy Writing Classes
  • Your guideposts for understanding and
    implementing David Evanss
  • The Seven Laws of Comedy Writing

Website http//www.classesyouvalue.com/Vince-Curr
en/Find-Your-Funny.html
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RULES OF THE COMEDY RODEWAY
  • THIS WAY
  • TO LAUGHTER
  • ?

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1. Be able to throw away your best joke
  • According to David Evans, sitcom writer and
    author of The Seven Laws of Comedy Writing,
    Ill come up with one joke that seems
    sensational and clearly eclipses all the other
    jokes in a script-- that doesnt exactly fit. I
    want it to fit. It would be wonderful if it fit.
    But it doesnt.

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SLOW DOWN--DANGEROUS TEMPTATION AHEAD
  • Dont force humor into a script
  • It may feel wasteful not to use your best
    joke, but a joke that doesnt blend with the
    characters, scene, and storyline youve developed
    becomes a detriment to your script, NOT an asset

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2. If you dont laugh, nobody else will
  • Dont ignore your comedic instincts
  • Write what makes YOU laugh, not what
  • you will hope will make someone else
  • laugh

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  • Dont rely on comedy writer tricks trust your
    own sense of humor
  • If youre writing comedy and youre not
    genuinely, spontaneously laughing at what youre
    writing, something is radically wrong (Evans)

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3. Character is 98 percent of comedy
  • Remember that comedy is not a joke superimposed
    onto a situation it grows organically out of the
    characters.
  • Therefore

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  • Create characters with definitive personality
    traits and richly developed personae
  • Comedy is naturally propelled forward by
    fully-realized characters simply behaving like
    themselves. With funny characters, every
    situation becomes an opportunity for
    unpredictable laughs!

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4. ...and timing is the other 98 percent
  • Comedy comes to life through its delivery.
    Timing is key!
  • From a beat of silence to repetition, make sure
    your script builds in timing directions for your
    cast

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Pioneers in comedic timing
  • Bob Newhart (left)
  • and Lucille Ball (above)

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5. The power of the step sheet
  • Step sheets help keep your scenes organized and
    your timing on track
  • The process is simple Write down the sequence
    of scenes youre going to have in your comedy
    script. Then write down in just a sentence or two
    what happens in each scene (Evans).

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  • Steps sheets SHOULD NOT detail a scenes jokes or
    dialogue
  • Your goal is to briefly summarize changes in the
    story or in the characters, so you can easily
    chart the progression of your script
  • The step sheet will help you eliminate
    unnecessary scenes and/or pinpoint holes in your
    story progression

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6. Hold the jokes and make the story funny!
  • Remember, comedy is more than simply a series of
    jokes
  • Dont overload your script with canned humor

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  • A quick test to make sure youre not relying too
    heavily on jokes
  • Tell the basic story without any of the jokes.
    If the story is still funny on its own, youre on
    the right track! If not, its back to the
    drawing board!

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7. Turn off your TV-- and keep it off!
  • Many aspiring writers think that in order to
    write for TV, they have to mimic what is already
    successful
  • Resist the urge to imitate! The problem with
    what is already on TV is just that--its been
    done before!

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  • Turn off the tube and get creative! This means
    being true to your own comic vision! Whether you
    grew up on a farm in the midwest or a penthouse
    in a major city, look to the humor that exists in
    your everyday life. Afterall, the people and
    events that surround you are what molded your
    sense of humor in the first place. Keep it
    authentic by following the old adage--write what
    you know!

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Thank You
  • ClassesYouValue -
  • Online Comedy Writing Classes
  • Website
  • http//www.classesyouvalue.com/Vince-Curren/Find-Y
    our-Funny.html
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