Have you ever felt like you’re stuck in a creative loop? You start a script, get halfway done, but because you can’t figure out the ending, you abandon it, then start a new one. And then it happens again. And again. ►► http://bit.ly/2H4HiFY So writer/producer Dan Harmon tackled this problem. He took centuries of storytelling … Read more
Comedian and writer Jen Spyra has penned jokes for Stephen Colbert, the 69th Emmy Awards and multiple satire publications. From her humble beginnings as a student and improvisor at iO in Chicago to her current roles as writer and voiceover performer on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert, Spyra shows us the skills and experience … Read more
“Hits & Misses” author and former “Saturday Night Live” staff writer Simon Rich walks us through a week of writing for the iconic show. SNL, has been functioning. I believe in pretty much exactly the same way since 1975. On Monday, you meet the hosts more and calls on you one at a time – … Read more
In this video, I talk about 5 TIPS TO CREATE COMEDIC CHARACTERS! First off, get inspired! Just try to pay attention to your surroundings and people you come into contact with, watch on tv or in a movie, or just observe from a distance. You can get inspiration from anywhere. Second – play dress up! … Read more
In this Film Courage video interview, The Happytime Murders Co-Writer Todd Berger talks about how he writes what makes him laugh Transcript Film Courage We had this comment: come in from [ Youtube, subscriber ], Milly Purpose “. How do you know people will laugh or share and have sort of the same humor that … Read more
A behind the scenes look at being a comedian in Paris. Today I show you how I write my jokes and then test them out at a comedy night.
The SNL 40 special featured an appearance by Bob Odenkirk, the newly minted star of BETTER CALL SAUL. He talks about the time he spent writing on SNL, the intense challenges involved in writing sketches, guidelines necessary for successful sketch comedy, and the unmitigated respect he learned to have for Lorne Michaels. He also talks … Read more
Dan Harmon is the writer behind several of my favourite shows. In this episode, I take a look at Harmonquest, where he puts his narrative instincts to work in an improvised setting. In short, practice may not make perfect, but it makes it hard to be bad.
These underlying rules unite shows like I Love Lucy, Seinfeld, Arrested Development, and Rick and Morty. Transcript Humor is supposed to be the domain of the original, the subversive, of course, I’m not gon na take my shirt off on my special and the unexpected. Let’s make a kind of Spanish Inquisition, nobody expects the … Read more
There is a lot you can learn by understanding how Key and Peele write comedy.