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What are the rules to creating Comedy for the stage?

by Dan Buzzo on November 18, 2014

Comedy can be particularly hard to teach, even though for many drama students it seems to be a go-to genre.

There are the writings of John Wright, for instance, which can provide brilliant classroom aids, but for a practical subject such as Drama and Theatre Performance, there is only so much you can glean from a book. 

Being able to watch a video of a detailed practical workshop delivered by John Wright himself, in which he outlines some of the rules of creating comedy, can however really start to bring the process of creating comedy to life. 

Couple this with video clips of techniques and exercises from the playful and bawdy comedy group Spymonkey and the considered fastidious comedy of Tim Crouch and, according to Phil King, Chair of NISDA and Head of Drama at Bedales, Pumpkin Interactive's DVD, "Creating Comedy" provides not only be an invaluable aid to practical work, but also a potentially lesson-guiding resource.

Comedy generating strategies covered include: games and play, rhythm, timing and surprises, crossed objectives, double acts,  major/minor and creating comedy characters. 

This double DVD also includes examples of top-band student performances and ready-to-use teaching materials.

Creating Comedy, created by Pumpkin Interactive,  will help enforce that there are rules that underpin comedy and will hopefully point the way to more quality performances from your students when they come to devise examination pieces. 

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