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
A practical guide to creating the comedy movie, referencing its subgenres, history, and tropes, along with exclusive interviews with craft practitioners.
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.
A solid source of information that combines practical comedy tips
in an academic context. The writing style is engaging and
oftentimes funny, providing expert analyses with a variety of
classic comedy examples taken from the last hundred years ...
Provides valuable insight into the comedy industry for those
interested in learning about the craft, or perhaps rediscovering
their passion for it. * Alphaville: Journal of Film and Screen
A comprehensive and insightful survey of cinematic comedy forms and genres. * Paul Gulino, Associate Professor of Film, Chapman University, USA, and author of Screenwriting: The Sequence Approach *
Marc Blake has written a very cool guide that will help new and experienced writers complete the comedy movie they've only been talking about writing. He covers the full spectrum of the types of comedies one can write: bromances, parodies, teen, gross out, dark and sex comedies, to name a few. Belongs on every comedy writer's shelf. * D.B. Gilles, Professor of Undergraduate Film, New York University, USA, and author of Writer's Rehab and You're Funny! *