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The Best App Out There For Comedy Writers

Pitch is the worlds best (only?) comedy writing app. Anyone can read jokes, but writers must be invited. ‘Pitch’ is a comedy writing app ideally for freelancers. It’s like a digital room where comedy writers could collaborate and work together. It launched last July at Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal and …

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TED Talk: Hacking Comedy

In this hilarious talk, Baratunde shows us how to hack a few of our everyday digital experiences. Comedian Baratunde Thurston cares enough to engage the world socially and politically with his provocative brand of technology infused wit. He challenges conventional narratives on race, technology and politics with his particular brand …

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Where to Find Visual Comedy

This is a great 10 minute video analysing Jacques Tati, a master of visual comedy. It explains how the simplest things can be the funniest with intelligent use of props, sound and observation. If you watch a lot of film essays, then you’ve probably heard the complaint that visual comedy is …

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What Key & Peele Teach Us About Comedy

Wisecrack have deconstructed what makes Key and Peele’s sketches so funny. Comedy creators will find some inspiration here, particularly in the idea of looking for humour in everyday human behaviour, and how to translate that into great comedy. If you’ve never heard of Key & Peele then are you even …

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A Louis CK Joke Broken Down

The Nerdwriter deconstructs a short Louis CK joke.  Louis CK is widely regarded as one of the best stand ups around today. This excellent video by ‘The Nerdwriter’ gets to the heart of his craft, focussing on the value of each word and action. Nothing is wasted. It all adds …

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How To Be Funny With Tina Fey

If anyone know’s how to be funny it’s Tina Fey. The comedy genius behind Mean Girls, 30 Rock and Sisters. Watch her masterclass and discover how to make someone laugh in 5 seconds, and the ultimate do’s and don’ts when it comes to nailing timing, punchlines and props.

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How to Do Visual Comedy

If you love visual comedy, you gotta love Edgar Wright. He is the man responsible for Hot Fuzz, Shaun of The Dead, Ant-man and more recently Baby Driver. Edgar Wright is one of the few filmmakers who is consistently finding humor through framing, camera movement, editing, goofy sound effects and …

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Comedy Tips: Simon Pegg On Writing Hot Fuzz

If you’ve ever thought about writing a comedy here is an insight into how the process works.  Here is Simon Pegg and Edgar Wright talking about writing Hot Fuzz. They discuss brainstorming, avoiding distractions and the power of the flip chart. This is a great insight into their creative process, and …

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