- Paperback: 192 pages
- Publisher: Nick Hern Books (28 April 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1854597825
- ISBN-13: 978-1854597823
- Product Dimensions: 13.4 x 2.7 x 21.3 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 165,833 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Why Is That So Funny?: A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy Paperback – 28 Apr 2006
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John Wright's magnum opus... a real labour of love and it is hard to believe that there is any aspect of the subject that he does not explore and explain...essential. --British Theatre Guide
A must for any budding physical comedy performers - and an inspiration for everyone who treads the boards, whether they think of themselves as 'comedic' or not. --Total Theatre Magazine
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This book is a manual of useful exercises; a personal philosophy of performance; and a lifelong journey of discovery and exploration around the broad area of theatrical clowning and physical comedy. It is written in a jargon-free style, whose use of self-effacing anecdote made me laugh out loud on a number of occasions. The descriptions of the exercises are precise and detailed, enabling the experienced teacher to visualise and adapt easily. The book has a resemblance to Keith Johnstone's classic text 'Impro', in both its structural format and its very real enjoyment of and passionate engagement with its subject matter. In a time where educators are encouraged to 'facilitate' rather than teach, where the notion of 'failure' has been erased from the curriculum, John Wright teaches us the most valuable lesson of all - failure is fundamentally and absolutely how we learn - we just have to 'keep getting up', keep taking risks, and keep trying new things - and always, always, watch the audience.
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This book is an Aladdin's Cave of wonderful ideas and insights. It has a generosity that holds back nothing of the knowledge, experience and insights of the author. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Kieran Ryan
If you need reasoning for physical comedy then this book is a mustPublished on 2 Mar. 2015 by Stephen Grindle
Wow! If you are serious about understanding comedy in all its facets and getting many many practical and ideas, this book cannot be beat. John Wright knows his stuff!Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by barrybaker
Essential for training performers and actors alike. A new and fun way to approach acting and making your own work.Published on 12 Jan. 2013 by faerie_faller
What a great book! It has opened my eyes to the way games can be used as a rehearsal tool, not just to warm up.Published on 4 July 2012 by DamienWS
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