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Creating (and Developing) Your Comic Premise

Seminar - Studio City Brought to you by Scriptwriters Network
Registration ended: 10/16/2014
Class Begins: 10/18/2014   Ends: 10/18/2014
Class Time: 1:00 pm - (PDT)
FEE: FREE Registration Expired

Writing a spec script? Polishing up your romantic-comedy screenplay? This workshop addresses the problems and pitfalls in conceiving a comic premise, and the steps to develop that premise into a successful comic screenplay. 


For more than a decade, Steve Kaplan has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other TOP UNIVERSITIES, Steve Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre. He has given comedy workshops at such companies as DreamWorks, Disney, HBO, Paramount, Touchstone and others.


In New York, Steve was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, where he developed writers such as Peter Tolan(Analyze This), writer and producer David Crane (Friends, Episodes), writer/producer Tracy Poust (The Crazy Ones, Ugly Betty, Will & Grace), Michael Patrick King (Sex and The City), David Ives (All In The Timing), Howard Korder (Boardwalk Empire), Lisa Loomer, and Kenneth Lonergan.


In Los Angeles, he created the HBO New Writers Project, discovering HBO Pictures screenwriter Will Scheffer (Big Love),and performer/writer Sandra Tsing Loh; and the HBO Workspace, a developmental workshop in Hollywood that introduced and presented performers such as Jack Black and Tenacious D, Kathy Griffin, Nia Vardalos and Paul F. Tompkins. At the Workspace, he was Executive Producer for the award-winning HBO Original Programming documentary DROP DEAD GORGEOUS.


His recently PUBLISHED BOOK,The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny, is one of the top-rated BOOKS ON screenwriting at


Steve has been teaching his Comedy Intensive workshops to thousands of students around the world, with workshops scheduled in Los Angeles, New York, London and Singapore.