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A Lesson on Improv Technique, with Chris Gethard

American actor, comedian, and writer Chris Gethard discusses the importance of learning improv technique. Chris is known for The Dictator (2012), Don’t Think Twice (2016) and The Other Guys (2010) and more! Many of the skills that make for good improvisational comedy also make for successful behaviour in life: slow down, listen, be positive, and have integrity. Take …

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Shane Allen Has Advice For Comedy Writers

The controller of BBC comedy commisioning, Shane Allen gives advice to comedy writers.  At the ‘Build Web Series’ in London Sahne Allen chatted with comic actor Sian Gibson and new comedy writer Ambreen Razia. They discuss discovering and commisioning great comedy television and give advice for aspiring comedy writers.     …

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Comedy Tips: How To Do Physical Comedy

John Cleese, pictured above in 1976 with Monty Python's Flying Circus (from left, Cleese, Michael Palin, Terry Gilliam and Terry Jones), says he worked hard to learn physical comedy by imitation — "It was not something I was naturally gifted at," he sa

Hannah Boyce gives her top three tips on how to do physical comedy.  Hannah Boyce plays Caprice in The Comedy About A Bank Robbery at London’s Criterion Theatre. She told The Stage her top tips on how to do physical comedy.  1. Beats In comedy plays there are beats within the text, …

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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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