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Plotting Comedy with Paul Basset Davies


Plotting Comedy

with Paul Bassett Davies

The craft of comedy writing is to turn a plot into a funny story.

The plot of a comedy, like any form of drama, is a series of events. What's important is how you tell the story. Even the darkest material can be delivered in a funny way: murder, suicide, war, divorce, nuclear apocalypse – all can be the subject of comedy, from The Ladykillers to Dr. Strangelove. But think about the way you tell a joke: if you just deliver the basic information it's not funny. It's only when you know how to use comedy dynamics – set-up, expectation, misdirection, suspense, narrative rhythm, payoff – that you'll make people laugh.

This webinar examines those dynamics under three headings:

  1. What makes comedy characters funny.
  2. How to use those characters to create and complicate the story.
  3. Why the worst  thing that can happen is usually the best thing in comedy.

We'll also look at the crucial differences between Sitcom, Comedy-Drama, Rom-Com and Comedy Caper, and why it's vital to know them, and use them to your advantage.

Paul Bassett Davies

is a veteran comedy writer and producer for stage, TV, radio and film. He's worked with the biggest names in British comedy, and had his own BBC radio sitcom. He wrote the screenplay for the feature animation 'The Magic Roundabout' and his one-man shows have won awards at the Edinburgh festival. His first novel, 'Utter Folly', topped the Amazon humorous fiction chart in 2012, and his new novel, 'Dead Writers in Rehab' is published by Unbound this April.

Paul has been running his acclaimed comedy writing workshopu for many years, and teaches students at several colleges and universities.

How does it work?

Not later than 24 hours after you have made payment you will receive an email with invitation to the webinar and individual token that lets you (and no-one else) access the webinar. 

Reminders about coming webinar will be sent to the same e-mail address to make sure you remember about joining Paul in time for the session. 

You can also join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad® , Android® or Black Berry® device via the ClickMeeting app. 

Recording of this session will be available to you for 48 hours after the webinar.

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Euroscript (UK) and (PL) join forces and start their professional friendship with a series of webinars. The tutors are inspiring. The topics are hot. And the prices are symbolical!We start with learning how to plot comedy on May, 8th at 8pm (Central European Time). On following Mondays we'll learn about writing suspense (May, 15th) and writing female characters (May 22nd). In mid July we're planning and offline event: weekend workshops with Euroscript tutors in Warsaw, Poland.

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