The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny

The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny


By (author) Steve Kaplan

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  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
  • Format: Paperback | 280 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 20mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 15 July 2013
  • Publication City/Country: Seattle
  • ISBN 10: 1615931406
  • ISBN 13: 9781615931408
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 56,774

Product description

A paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, providing practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. Kaplan deconstructs secrets and techniques in popular films and TV that work and don't work, and explains what tools were used (or should have been used!).

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Author information

For more than a decade, Steve Kaplan has been the industry's most sought-after expert on comedy writing and production. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale, and other top universities, Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program, and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan's Punch Line Theatre. He has served as a consultant to such companies as DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, HBO, and has worked with producers and production companies in Australia, Canada, New Zealand, London, Ireland, and Sweden.