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Hidden Tools of Comedy [Kindle Edition]

Steven Kaplan
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Book Description

While other books give you tips on how to “write funny,” this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. The Hidden Tools of Comedy unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy. Kaplan deconstructs sequences 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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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2558 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions (30 Oct. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00GPCF84K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,911 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
The Hidden Tools of Comedy shows writers how to write from the viewpoints of authentic characters in ordinary conflict situations that amuse and embarrass viewers and other characters watching them. Good scriptwriting books always try to include all the pivotal factors for creating highly watchable comedy and drama. By showing us what isn’t comedy, Steve also teaches drama as it is often seen as the similar but opposite side of the comedic coin. Steve uses real scripts from funny and not so funny movies - ie drama and also reveals a little of what goes on in his comedy classes. Steve Kaplan places a great emphasis on how all the characters including secondary characters must be believable when responding to real situations. He shows how authenticity is what adds real value to comedy. The scenes from these authentic films are the ones that endure and we talk about. The book is suitable for actors, writers and directors and this is what makes it worth reading. Hidden Tools of Comedy is a practical book that debunks the myths, suggests other useful books. This book is a must for aspiring writers of comedy. Aspiring comedic writers are urged to study the comedic scripts, watch the films mentioned and undertake a few exercises. If this work is done, there is every chance that these writers will be on their way to writing funny in a way that is personal and real for them as well as other people. Don’t just believe me, there are a lot of funny writers/performers/animators, yes animators who have benefitted from the comedy insights of Steve Kaplan. He has worked with David Crane, Ellen Sandler, David Fury, Disney, the list goes on...and on...and on...
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By Gary R
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Comedy is a serious business, but it's great to have a laugh with your teacher along the way. And boy, what a teacher. And boy, did this book make me laugh! I am a professional TV scriptwriter working on a spec sit-com and I devoured this book. It entertained me and taught me so much about comedy, so that even after years of writing for the box, I now have many more tools (and I use that word purposely) with which to accomplish my task and thereby give my work the best possible chance of being made. Many thanks, Steve.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very helpful. 27 Jun. 2014
By S Smyth
Format:Kindle Edition
With the aid of this book, the aspiring comedy writer who has had no other exposure to the fundamentals of comedy, should be able to be up and running with the minimum of fuss. That said, there will be considerable effort required, to become proficient with the concepts and how they work together. All of the explanations and exercises are clearly laid out and emphasise the important aspects, that too often get lost in the intricacies of technique, that too often, even by seasoned professionals, are an end unto themselves, to divert attention from the weaknesses in their comedy.
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2.0 out of 5 stars I was very disappointed in this book 3 April 2015
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was very disappointed in this book. As a working stand up comedian I love reading books about comedy, how to write and how to deliver it. This is of almost no use for that. If you are interested in writing a sitcom, then it might be of some worth but for anything else it is pretty much useless.
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