Whether you’re writing a comedy or any other genre, this program will be valuable for you. We’ve analyzed some of the best comedies and present methods to write at their level.
Comedy Writing for Screenplays
Comedy Writing for Screenplays
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Day 1: What is funny and how does it apply to movies?
Day 2: Creating Movie Concepts for laughter.
Day 3: Setup/Punchline — A simple structure for humor.
Day 4: Character Comedy
Day 5: Action — Physical humor
Day 6: Dialogue — Writing Funny Lines
Day 7: Dialogue 2 — More Ways to Write Funny Lines
Day 8: Callbacks, One ups/toppers, running gags: The key to belly laughs
Day 9: Sight and prop gags
Day 10: Applying “Better than Sex” to your screenplays
Advertisers say “sex sells,” but in the movie business, many readers, producers, actors enjoy good comedy more than sex in screenplays.
No matter what genre you write, it can benefit by writing better humor. Dramas, thrillers, mysteries, sci-fi’s, and horror flicks all have some comedy in them.
You need to be able to write comedy even if you’re not writing a comedy
But if you’re writing in the romantic comedy or comedy genre, you had better be a professional at writing comedy.
Many studio readers want a “laugh-a-page” from a comedy screenplay. One of the marks of a great writer is their ability to evoke emotion in a reader. That emotion could be fear, concern, sadness, love or laughter. Of all of those, laughter is said to be the most difficult…until you know how to cause it.
Whether you’re writing a comedy or any other genre, this program will be valuable for you. We’ve analyzed some of the best comedies and present methods to write at their level
As you see above, we work with one area of comedy writing each day. You’ll have an assignment each day that will give you a deeper understanding of that day’s skill.
By the time you leave this program, you’ll have the understanding to put more comedy in any script you write. Comedy writing will be within your control, just like other forms of writing.
So many of the courses I take, I have found I’m required to exact or apply the lesson taught; which of course, is why I take courses. But in the humor course, I felt my wings were not clipped, that I could apply the lesson and have a good time. There’s a freedom in humor. I like that, and I enjoyed the course. Thanks. Karen Crider
Actionable, useful advice on writing comedy situations, characters and dialogue given in an easy to understand
way with numerous (and hilarious) examples. There is some required watching of movies involved but that’s just
part of the fun. If you’ve never tried writing comedy before, this is the course you want. Even if you’re what your
friends or colleagues call “naturally funny”, this will still sharpen that skill, while giving you some fresh ideas to get
to the heart of your characters incongruity and the scripts comedic through-line. You’ll leave this class understanding
what Comedic Principles are, and how to properly apply them. That alone is worth the price of admission.
Ruthie Harris (verified owner)
Comedy gold – will take any scene from flat-to-funny in ten days.