Comedy 101 – The Modules

Here’s a summary breakdown of the 15 learning modules in our abridged online course Comedy Writing 101. All of the modules contain short lecture videos which were recorded in front of an audience of BA scriptwriting students.

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Module 1)
Introduction
Short introductory video by tutor,  plus general introductory notes.

Module 2)
Repetition & Callback – How & Why to Use Them
Three short video tutorials on repetition and callback. Links to specific examples in sketch shows, entertainment shows and stand-up.  PDF general hints and tips notes. Audio tutorial.

Module 3)
3) Why Do We Laugh at Pain?
Short video tutorial on the two ways pain is used in comedy writing. Links to specific examples in sketch shows, cartoons and sitcom. Short audio tutorial.

Module 4)
List Gags and Escalation
Two short video tutorials on mixing and matching these two comedy writing tools. Three sample PDF scripts to study. Links to specific examples of list gags in sketch shows, comedy songs and sitcoms. Short audio tutorial.

Module 5)
Rule of Three
Two short video tutorials on this key comedy writing rule and when to break it. Short audio tutorials.

Module 6)
Sound & Rhythm
Short video tutorial on using the sounds of words themselves to get laughs. PDF study notes and PDF sample script to study. Links to specific examples in sketch shows and sitcoms. Short audio tutorial.

Module 7)
How to Use Opposites
Two short video tutorials on the three ways of using opposites. Side By Side, Reversal and Substitution. Links to specific examples in sketch shows and Light Entertainment.

Module 8)
Crossed Purposes
Short video tutorial on crossed purposes sketches including an analysis of the famous Fork Handles sketch. Links to specific examples in sketch shows and farce. Short audio tutorial.

Module 9)
Cut Gags & Reveals
Short video tutorial on these two related writing tools. Link to specific example in Alan Partridge. Short audio tutorial.

Module 10)
How To Use Running Gags
Two short video tutorials on running gags and “front cloth” performance. Tutor explains the difference between vertical and horizontal runners. Short audio tutorial. Links to specific examples in sketch shows and farce.

Module 11)
Script Layout
Short video tutorial on importance of using the correct script layout. PDF script layout examples. Short audio tutorial. Links to external resources and software.

Module 12)
Testing Material & Building Your Brand
Three  short video tutorials on the importance of getting your material “on its feet” in front of an audience –  how to build your brand as a writer online and on stage, and how to showcase your material in Edinburgh. PDF notes on how to build your brand as a writer.

Module 13)
Submitting Scripts & Pitching Your Ideas
Two  short video tutorials on submitting scripts & pitching your ideas. PDF notes on Television Commissioning, PDF of  successful programme pitch document (Channel 4). External resources.

Module 14)
Agents & Collaborators
Two  short video tutorials on how to find the right agent and how to find a writing partner you can work with successfully.  External resources. Link to Think Funny Facebook group.

Module 15)
Final hints, tips and resources & summing up

Short closing video from the tutor.  Summary of key “Do’s” and “Don’ts”. Useful external resources for moving forward. Final hints and tips. Reading list.

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