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Comedy About Sex

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

...Teen comedy Gregory’s Girl. 10 Things I Hate About You. Pretty In Pink. Weird Science. The Sure Thing. Clueless. Mean Girls. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. The Breakfast Club. Animal House. Porky’s. Beach Blanket Bingo. Fast Times at Ridgemont...

Double Acts: Buddy Movies, Bromance and the Road

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

...Comedy teams grew out of burlesque and vaudeville. In 1910, Hank and Lank (Victor Potel and Augustus Carney) were a big success and produced a new short almost each week, matched in popularity only by Mutt and Jeff, a pair of animated...

Audience

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

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...People say a movie should never look down on the AUDIENCE. But what is the audience doing when it’s sat on its ASS in a theater?Lookin’ up.Why?Because you gotta look up to something… How can we look up to anyone in Real Life? Everyone...

Awards

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

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...At each AWARDS ceremony people are nominated, or ‘nom’d’, for various awards. Not all of them will be ‘winners’. People in such a state of triumph that the word describing them will not bear contraction – Ayo...

Two-Stage Bar Bribes

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

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...TWO-STAGE BAR BRIBES (incl. shoe-shine/street-corner bribes) come in three stages:Stage 1. HERO asks for info; snitch says, ‘Who wants to know?’; hero offers ‘x’ dollar(s); brief comic business w/r/t value of ‘x’; handover of ‘x’ dollar(s...

Brawn

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

...Just because a HERO has BRAWN don’t mean he ain’t got brains to spare. In Rowdy Herrington’s 1989 bar-security dramedy Road House, Dalton (Patrick Swayze) is a professional ‘cooler’: an expert doorman able to handle the rowdiest clubs...

Crime, Caper, Mob and Heist Movies

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

...You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!Ruthless People. Fargo. A Simple Plan. Throw Momma From the Train. Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. Kind Hearts and Coronets. The Ladykillers. Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid. Thelma & Louise...

Casting

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

...How do you keep an audience in The Grip of Film for ninety minutes or more?CASTING Steven Seagal is a good start.Why?Because if you suspect the filmmakers have made bad decisions, like not casting Steven Seagal, you can’t truly give...

Premise and Character

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

...Every character believes the story is happening to them. On titles Whereas drama and thrillers rely on plot and event, comedy relies on ideas. The big ‘what if’ is stretched to the limit in the comic screenplay whose function is to explore...

Cutting To The Chase

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

...Any good editor will tell you the same thing: CUT TO THE CHASE.But don’t cut during the chase.Ideally, you should cut out all the material between your various chases.Do you remember seeing a chase sequence in Orson Welles’s 1941 tycoon...