Most recently, her poetry collection, Tiny House, was published by Porkbelly Press in 2015, and her essay appeared in Embodied Effigies. But it's really a drama with laughs that come from character. Sitcom writers have an expression for the parts of a script where there are intentionally no laugh lines: laying pipe. Lots of men and women who crack up their friends and co-workers are incapable of writing funny dialogue. I don't know where it comes from. You can read books on comedy writing Writing The Romantic Comedy is very good, as is What Are You Laughing At? I highly recommend this book. Plus, Brad's a riot, both in person and on paper.
You have to keep that agent laughing from the first page--especially the first page--because if she's enjoying herself by the time she gets to the bottom she'll definitely turn to Page two. If laughter is the best medicine, be prepared to feel fit as a fiddle after perusing these pages. Additionally, readers are given sage advice on different tactics for writing comedic fiction versus comedic nonfiction. It's fair to assume that most of these teams got together because they each brought their strength to the table. Just like someone can be taught how to cook. If Judd Apatow's name is on a film be it writer, producer or director we know it'll be something high concept with an abundance of sex jokes, but with an undertone of sweetness.
Her feedback is prompt, detailed and constructive. She's the type of person and writer that anyone would feel lucky to know. So if you're humor challenged when it comes to dialogue, what can you do about it? ~ Courtney Burger The course was great. I'm definitely adding this one to my Recommended Reads list for the workshops and online classes I teach. Sweet Home Alabama wasn't a laugh a minute.
Even the old-time greats like Bob Hope, Jack Benny, and Milton Berle used to spend hours analyzing jokes to see why they worked or didn't work. If laughter is the best medicine, be prepared to feel fit as a fiddle after perusing these pages. This book was disappointing, especially as it was recommended by a good friend who is a gifted writer. The thing is, depending upon the kind of comedy you're writing, you may not need to be as funny as these guys. Unfortunately, all the ideas you come up with are way too serious and downbeat like that bio-pic on Damien the Leper you've been mulling over for three years.
Her classes are a joy. By page four, that's page 4, not chapter 4 I already had developed a unique idea that turned a bland, mildly amusing scene in my screenplay into a side-splitting hilarious one. With more than seventy excerpts from such expert prose and screenwriters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr. I enjoy learning through her and appreciate her sharing tricks of the trade that she learned in her masters program. In conclusion, can someone be taught to write comedy? I find that I feel more confident and prepared as a writer by having her constant editing eye. I feel that working with Melanie has allowed me to be braver with my writing and editing—as she was supportive of experimentation and taking chances with style, vocabulary, and theme.
But that only goes so far and lasts so long. Then do it again and again and again. Her constructive criticism has moved my writing into new directions. A penguin that walks into a bowling alley in a New Yorker cartoon is likely to generate adult mirth from an incongruous caption that mixes sophistication with silliness. Did any of you read the book? Total absence of humor renders life impossible. Often times, she is able to pull out deeper meanings, that even I wasn't consciously aware of while writing. The sample stories provided were examples of good writing and served as models.
When I was in college, writing was taught only in Freshman English; after that class, we were just expected to know how to write. Her insight into my work, in terms of critique, were extremely thoughtful, thorough, and eye-opening. Comedy screenplays are allowed to have some laying pipe sections, but not many. She provides serious critique in an atmosphere that, well, just makes me want to keep on writing! This course has really helped to motivate me creatively. She is a great mentor and holds a wealth of knowledge in the written language.
I used to hear people refer to Sex and The City as a sitcom. Her determination and skill will go very far and I suspect she'll leave a lasting imprint in the written world. Humor is not only predicated on whether we're a victim, participant or observer in the hilarity that ensues but also age, gender, education, ethnicity, social status and even where we live. Check the credits on sitcoms. ~ Mary Purdy I took the nature writing class a few weeks ago and it was one of the best courses I've even taken.
It is not the quality of the book that disappointed me. Lastly, if you don't want to collaborate and if your heart is set on writing comedies, just keep staring at that scene that needs punching up until a funny line pops into your head. You can reach him directly at:. I had not taken an on-line course previously, and didn't know what to expect, but Melanie melted the distance, was always accessible, and never missed a beat with out on-line communication. The reason is if you just see the table of contents then you know what I am talking about. It's magic and it's marvelous and I'm terrified it will all go away.