- Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: Peter Owen; 3rd Revised edition edition (10 Aug. 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0720613191
- ISBN-13: 978-0720613193
- Product Dimensions: 12.7 x 1.5 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 144,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Pantomime Book Paperback – 10 Aug 2008
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For those not familiar with comedy scripts, they should not be confused with joke books where the gags are immediately obvious on the page, hence some of the confusion raised in other reviews where they find them 'unfunny'. Anyone read the Fawlty towers scripts? Exactly.
For those smart enough to recognise their true value and try them out, they will be ultimately rewarded.
Implicit to Paul Harris' excellent text is the amount of experience that exudes from the writing. This is not just a book of 'flat' comedy scripts, it is a volume of expert information from a man who has performed them at the very highest level. To dismiss them as 'unfunny' is not only falsely superior and disrespectful but also naiive in the extreme.
If you think these gags are old fashioned and won't appeal to todays kids... Buy yourself a Chuckle Brothers DVD - All these routines are there. All the scripts are here!
If there is room for improvement then it must be that some classic routines are not included in this book: The Choir Sketch; The Beer Gag; Who, Why, What (later adapted by Abbott & Costello as 'Who's On First?') and a number of others.
This book contains all the stuff that you need to MAKE a panto. Every year the question comes: 'What's the big comedy scene this year?'. What they don't know is that I get them all from this book!
Get the most out of the unique comedy opportunity that panto offers - These fit seamlessly into any script.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Excellent book ,well worth having ,some very useful tried and tested routines which I hadn't come across before ,found the historical background chapters very interesting.Published 16 months ago by John Hosey
Gags, routines, anecdotes all together in what is fast becoming the Pantomime Bible! If you're writing next years panto, have The Pantomime Book by your side!Published on 5 Feb. 2014 by E. Almond