Aristotle defined comedy as an imitation of men worse than the average where tragedy was an imitation of men better than the average. However, the characters portrayed in comedies were not worse than average in every way, only insofar as they are Ridiculous, which is a species of the Ugly. The Ridiculous may be defined as a mistake or deformity not productive of pain or harm to others; the mask, for instance, that excites laughter, is something ugly and distorted without causing pain. It is in this sense that Dante used the term in the title of his poem, La Commedia.
Advice from Playwright Jessica Bylander This is a guest post by Jessica Bylandera writer, editor, and playwright. It was VERY loosely inspired by real-life events my aunt sleep walks on Ambien, drives to the store, and buys weird food. This was my second time writing and producing a show for Fringe, and it was a whirlwind of activity and emotions.
Producing my own show was a crash course in the art of hunkering down, getting stuff done, and rolling with the punches. Here are a few tips for writing a hit comedy. Take a leap of faith. When I decided to write a play, I came across many helpful articles online. I use the standard screenplay formatting Courier, point font for all my scripts some use Times New Roman for plays, but my actors have yet to complain about the font.
The rule of thumb in screenwriting is that a page of script equals about one-minute of run-time. Screenwriting programs, like Final Draftsimplify the whole formatting thing, and some web-based programs, like Celtxare free. Just be sure to save backup PDF copies of your files often in case of total website meltdown.
Comedy is so subjective. It also risks coming off as inauthentic and forced. My goal with my writing is to make myself laugh. Write what makes you laugh. First, accept that there will be quiet points in the script.
I like to add a comic-relief character or two. They bring most of the laughs and provide relief from the more straightforward protagonist, and lighten up serious moments in the script.
Also remember that all good stories need conflict and tension, meaning that comedies need antagoniststoo. These are team efforts. I found my actors through an open casting call posted to a site called Dragonuk Connectswhich is basically Craigslist for film and theater folk, and posted on local theater-related Facebook groups.
Your area might have one, too.
Now is also the time to set your budget. There are a lot of moving pieces, and it WILL add up. My budget included the Fringe registration and application fee, rehearsal space free space is hard to come by in a citystipends for cast and crew it was nominal, but it added upcostumes and set, marketing materials, printing costs for so, so many iterations of the scriptand random incidentals.
Good ear for dialogue or not, you get a better sense of pace and story arc when you hear it aloud. In a great article for the theater website Howl Round, D. As with any story, having an unexpected, borderline insane premise is the best way to stand out from the crowd.
The Fringe Festival, for one, is all about a grabby premise and title. A catchy title should be unusual, but not too hard to remember. Among writers, there are those who have no trouble talking up their projects and those who are more bashful.
Learn to sell the heck out of your projects. You worked hard on them and should be proud. For my play, I set up a Facebook page that I updated frequently, attended Fringe parties and walked the streets handing out promotional postcards, cross-promoted with other comedies in my venue, and sent out an email blast through MailChimp to friends and family when tickets went on sale.
When talking up your project, think of it less as bragging and more as selling one more ticket, copy of your book, website click, and so on. Not everyone will love your work.
As I wrote in a recent post on my blog, the hell — and the joy — of putting yourself out there is that you WILL be judged. Buy yourself some champagne.The (Increasingly) Definitive Resource List for Aspiring Audio Dramaturges Interested in writing, directing, or producing radio drama?
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