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UNDERSTANDING COMEDY: The Rules

Online 10% off - No Minimum - Use Code: ISA10WS
Registration ended: 12/31/2014
Class Begins: 01/24/2015   Ends: 01/24/2015
Class Time: 2:30 pm - (PST)
FEE: $80 Registration Expired
At a Glance
  • Learn the rules behind all great comedy
  • The course presents a critical, and serious (though funny), exploration of comedy as an art form
  • Practically use the tools taught on your next comedy project

COURSE DETAILS

Screenwriter David Misch (“Mork & Mindy”, “The Muppets Take Manhattan”, “Police Squad!”, “Duckman”, “Saturday Night Live”), author of the internationally recognized “Funny the Book: Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy” (assuming you count one interview with Radio Ireland as international recognition), presents a class which comes with an ironclad guarantee that it imparts no usable skills. 

 

Okay, that could be an exaggeration, but “The Rules” is part of “Understanding Comedy”, a course with the same guarantee which David’s taught at USC, Columbia University, and elsewhere.

 

The course involves no screenwriting but rather presents a critical, and serious (though funny), exploration of comedy as an art form. “The Rules” gives writers (and actors, directors, and producers) a closeup view of comedy’s innards, the idea being that understanding comedy will help you do it. Anyway, that’s my story and I’m sticking to it. 

 

Topics covered include:

  • The Rule of 3 (Why are things funnier in threes? Really, why? I mean, why?) 
  • The relationship between Comedy and Logic (hint: they’re bitter enemies) 
  • The calculations involved in timing 
  • Comedy cues and why withholding them is sometimes the best way to get a laugh
  • The foundations of Silly 
  • The evil of punchlines 
  • Comedy “placebos”  
  • And how the mechanics of jokes – surprise, misdirection, pattern recognition – provide a template for all humor.

 As for practical applications, the presentation includes copious clips from TV and movies which show how these principles of comedy translate into actual laughter. So forget all that stuff about no usable skills.


Read this exclusive article written by David Misch for Script Magazine here, that'll be sure to make you laugh and most importantly want to attend this course.  

 

TESTIMONIALS 

“A sell-out crowd, lots of laughing and learning about why and how comedy works; both grad students and faculty got a lot from the evening.” – Alan Kingsberg, Columbia University School of the Arts “It takes a serious mind to analyze comedy. It takes a funny mind to appreciate it. David Misch is of two minds.” – Jason Alexander “Anyone who can engage and hold the attention of my jaded Advanced Screenwriting class knows whereof he speaks. David did so for over two hours and left them wanting more.” – Ron Osborn, Art Center College of Design. 

 

LOCATION

The Writers Store

3510 W. Magnolia Blvd.

Burbank, CA 91505 

 

Product Details

Date available: 09/10/2014

Publication date: 12/19/2012

Return policy: This item is not eligible for return. 

 

Meet the Author: David Misch

Among David Misch’s TV and movie credits are the Emmy-winning “Mork and Mindy”, the Emmy-losing “Duckman”, the Emmy-besotted “Saturday Night Live”, and the Emmy-ineligible “The Muppets Take Manhattan”.  He’s also a playwright, songwriter, blogger, teacher, and recovered stand-up comic.

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