Writing the Comedy Movie by Marc BlakeWriting the Comedy Movie by Marc Blake

Writing the Comedy Movie

byMarc Blake

Paperback | December 17, 2015

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It is often suggested that there are 'secrets' to comedy or that it is 'lightning in a bottle', but the craft of comedy writing can be taught. While comedic tastes change, over time and from person to person, the core underpinning still depends on the comedic geniuses that have paved the way. Great comedy is built upon a strong foundation. In Writing the Comedy Movie, Marc Blake lays out - in an entertainingly readable style - the nuts and bolts of comedy screenwriting. His objective is to clarify the 'rules' of comedy: to contextualize comedy staples such as the double act, slapstick, gross-out, rom com, screwball, satire and parody and to introduce new ones such as the bromance or stoner comedy. He explains the underlying principles of comedy and comedy writing for the screen, along with providing analysis of leading examples of each subgenre.
Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows.
Title:Writing the Comedy MovieFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.7 inPublished:December 17, 2015Publisher:BloomsburyLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1628925957

ISBN - 13:9781628925951

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Table of Contents

Introduction - Why Laugh? 1. It's all Greek to me: Comedy History from Aristophanes to Juvenal Establishing the Basic Tropes and Forms 2. Swiftian Satire and Shakespearean clowns: How the Elizabethans Attacked the Great and the Good with Parody and Lampoon 3. Wildean Wit: How Comedy Plays Became the Basis for the Comedy Movie 4. Silent Slapstick: How Chaplin, Keaton and Lloyd Exploited Visual Comedy 5. Dumb and Dumber: How Laurel and Hardy Created the Perfect Double Act Template 6. It Happened one Night: How Zingy Screwball Comedy led to the Rom Com 7. Sullivan's Travels to Team America: Social Satire from the 1940s to the Present Day 8. Auteurs from Woody Allen to Sasha Baron-Cohen: One Man, One Vision 9. Here come the Girls: Women in Comedy from Kooky Girl to Leading Actress 10. The Subgenres: Fish out of Water and the Coming of Age Comedy 11. Road and Buddy Movies, Frat Boy Frolics and Gross Out 12. Sports, Military and Ensemble Comedy 13. Farce and Black Comedy 14. Crime, Caper and Heist 15. Satire, Parody and Mockumentary Appendices - Interviews with Directors, writers and Producers - Writing Exercises Filmography Bibliography Index

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A comprehensive and insightful survey of cinematic comedy forms and genres.