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Module 1: Comedy Writing

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Writing - Comedy writing 2

Comedy writing 2

People from all walks of life use their experiences to write comedy.

Comedy takes on numerous forms. Some comedy is very subtle and makes you
think about a topic in a different way. Some comedy may have you belly
laughing on the floor in tears. And then of course there is everything in
between.

Think about the way a standup comedian makes an audience laugh and compare
that to the way comedy is used in popular television situational comedies.
A stand up comedian has to capture the audience's attention within the
first few moments. Often they cannot rely on props or props are minimal.
They have a direct engagement with the audience. Sitcoms, on the other
hand, develop characters from episode to episode and there is an ongoing
development of the story.

What about street performers? Some comedians don't even use words to make
their audiences laugh. The famous mime artist Marcel Marceau performed
thousands of times without ever uttering one word. Mr Bean is the modern
equivalent and whilst he doesn't speak he does occasionally grunt!

As you can see there are many different types of comedy.

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