The Art of Comedy Writing

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Just as a distinctive literary voice or style is marked by the ease with which it can be parodied, so too can specific aspects of humour be unique. Playwrights, television writers, novelists, cartoonists, and film scriptwriters use many special technical devices to create humour. Just as dramatic writers and novelists use specific devices to craft their work, creators of humorous materials--from the ancient Greeks to today's stand-up comics--have continued to use certain techniques in order to generate humor. In 'The Art of Comedy Writing', Arthur Asa Berger argues that there are a relatively limited number of techniques--forty-five in all--that humorists employ. Elaborating upon his prior, in-depth study of humour, 'An Anatomy of Humor', in which Berger provides a content analysis of humour in all forms--joke books, plays, comic books, novels, short stories, comic verse, and essays--'The Art of Comedy Writing' goes further.
Berger groups each technique into four basic categories: humour involving identity such as burlesque, caricature, mimicry, and stereotype; humour involving logic such as analogy, comparison, and reversal; humour involving language such as puns, wordplay, sarcasm, and satire; and finally, chase, slapstick, and speed, or humour involving action. Berger claims that if you want to know how writers or comedians create humour study and analysis of their humorous works can be immensely insightful. This book is a unique analytical offering for those interested in humor. It provides writers and critics with a sizable repertoire of techniques for use in their own future comic creations. As such, this book will be of interest to people inspired by humour and the creative process--professionals in the comedy field and students of creative writing, comedy, literary humour, communications, broadcast/media, and the humanities.

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Autor: Arthur Asa Berger
ISBN-13 :: 9781412814898
ISBN: 1412814898
Erscheinungsjahr: 01.09.2010
Gewicht: 200g
Seiten: 127
Sprache: Englisch
Sonstiges: Taschenbuch, 226x152x8 mm
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