Comedy Writing Intensive With Steve Kaplan


Steve_SeminarComedic moments in story can take the pressure off, put the pressure on and move an audience to think. The Comedy Intensive is a two-day course that explores the hidden tools and principles of comedy and how to use them effectively.

Course Description

The Comedy Intensive is a two-day course that explores the hidden principles of comedy: what it is, how it works, why it works, what’s happening when it’s not working and what you can do to fix it.

On day 1, we explore the Hidden Tools – useable, practical tools that you can apply to your work immediately.  Day 2 focuses on character, structure, comic premise and specific ways of applying the tools to text.

The workshop includes interactive exercises, solo and group writing activities, as well as a liberal use of clips from current and classic comedies to illustrate our points and principals.

Schedule

Course Outline:

I. PREMISE

THE ART AND SCIENCE OF COMEDY

a) Introduction and Overview
b) Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard
c) Comedy Perception Test – Are you seeing 20/20?
d) Funny vs. Comic – The difference
e) The Comedy Equation

II. SET-UP

THE HIDDEN TOOLS OF COMEDY

a) Winning
b) Non-Hero
c) Metaphorical Relationships
d) Positive (and Negative) Actions
e) Active Emotion
f) Straight Line/Wavy Line
g) Four Elements of Jokes
h) The Tools Applied
g) Learn how to use these essential tools in your work

III. DEVELOPMENT

COMEDY PRACTICUM

a) Entire History of Comedy…in 15 minutes.
b) Comedy Archetypes
c) Comic Premise—The Lie That Tells the Truth
d) Developing the Comic Premise
e) The Comedy Paradigm


IV. PAYOFF

STRUCTURE AND DEVELOPMENT

a) The Comic Hero’s Journey
b) Art of Romantic Comedy
c) Sitcoms & Pilots

Jun 20 – Jun 21

More Information

Dates of course
Jun 20 – Jun 21
Application deadline
Jun 5
Tuition
$285.00
Tuition assistance
No
Location
Seattle