SHOW ME THE FUNNY!
WHILE OTHER BOOKS give you tips on how to “write funny,” The Hidden Tools of Comedy offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy itself, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. Steve Kaplan unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy, deconstructing sequences in popular films and television to show when comedy works, when it doesn’t, and why.
“I rarely think about why something I'm working on is funny. I’m usually just fixated on the fact that it’s not funny enough. Steve takes this ephemeral topic and reduces it to tangible terms that are both practical and illuminating.”
— DAVID CRANE, creator and executive producer: Friends, Episodes
“Fresh insights with a ‘why didn’t I think of that’ on every page. Steve Kaplan is a true comedy maven.”
—ELLEN SANDLER, co-executive producer: Everybody Loves Raymond
“Everything you need to be a comedy writer except the searing self-doubt, crippling anxiety, and suffocating social awkwardness.”
— CHAD GERVICH, writer: Dog With a Blog
About the Author
STEVE KAPLAN is the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy writing and production. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, and Yale, Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program, and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan’s Punch Line Theatre. He has served as a consultant to DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, HBO, and has worked with producers and production companies all over the world.
In an engagaing FilmTalk on youtube link below, Steve Kaplan reveals the science of comedy and how you can find truth in humor. -
In an engagaing FilmTalk on youtube link below, Steve Kaplan takes us into the world of comedy to help us understand not only the art of funny, but also the art of being ourselves.-