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Action

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...Guess what the director shouts at the start of every take? I’ll give you a clue: it ain’t ‘Talk!’ Whoever heard of Talkies!?You SLUG the guy.You KISS the dame.You TOTAL the car.That’s movies. A similar order of events unfolded...

Call To Action

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...Joseph Campbell, the famous mythologist and soup heir, coined the phrase CALL TO ACTION. It describes the moment in a narrative when the HERO is ‘called’ to start the adventure. In ancient times, this might be conveyed via a unicorn...

Action and Animated Comedy

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Comedy Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Action Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Beverly Hills Cop. Smokey and the Bandit. 48 Hrs. The Blues Brothers. Bad Boys. Night at the Museum. 21 Jump Street. How To Train Your Dragon. Kick Ass. Hot Fuzz. The Heat. Charlie’s Angels. Spy Kids. Kung Fu...

Actors, Amateur

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...Every so often an ‘auteur’ will use AMATEUR ACTORS in a film. They’d have you believe it makes things more ‘authentic’.Italian neo-realism was one such nadir. Suddenly, every fisherman with sad eyes was thumbing a ride to Casting Centrale...

Ass, Kicking

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...In the climactic firefight of Joseph Zito’s 1988 gut-punch, Red Scorpion, Dewey Ferguson (M. Emmet Walsh) is fighting to disable the pinko threat in Africa alongside elite soldier Nikolai Petrovitch Rachenko (Dolph Lundgren). As the combat...

Ass, Feeling It In The

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...People talk about their gut. I talk about my ass.If I know something’s right, if something’s really right, I’ll FEEL IT IN MY ASS. I’ve come to rely on my ass. I know my ass and my ass knows me. My ass won’t take any shit from me, and I...

Driving Cars Through Walls/Wire Fences/Shop Windows

Richard Ayoade

Richard Ayoade is a writer and director. In addition to directing and co-writing Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace, he has adapted and directed Joe Dunthorne’s novel Submarine for the screen, and is the co-writer (with Avi Korine) and director of the film, The Double. As an actor he is best known for his roles as Dean Learner in Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace and Maurice Moss in the Emmy Award-winning The IT Crowd, for which we was awarded a BAFTA as Best Performance in a Comedy. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Grip of Film : by Gordy LaSure

Faber & Faber Limited, 2017

Book chapter

...Don’t be a baby about it, just put your foot to the floor and step outta the rubble before the whole thing blows.You’ll need to kick YET MORE ASS once the Feds catch up.See: ass, yet more...

Christmas Comedy

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Comedy Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Bad Santa. Home Alone. Gremlins. A Muppet Christmas Carol. National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation. Love Actually. Arthur Christmas. Scrooged. Serendipity. The Holiday. Ernest Saves Christmas. Elf. The Santa Claus. Trading Places. The Shop...

Sketch Comedy and Television

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Comedy Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Monty Python’s Flying Circus. Saturday Night Live. Kids in the Hall. Robot Chicken. Kentucky Fried Movie. In Living Color. MADTV. The Muppet Show.The joke is the basis of all comedy, be it one-liner, pun, wordplay, quip, pointed comment...

Performative Comedy

Marc Blake

Marc Blake is the author of several books on comedy and comedy/sitcom writing. A stand-up comedian and comic novelist, he has had his own BBC radio series and has written for many famous comics and for numerous TV comedy shows. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing the Comedy Movie

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...Most movie comedy relies on narrative, and much of this book is devoted to understanding how each subgenre is constructed and the tales they tell. Being comedy, there is always the aspect of performance and how overt it should be. Can...