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Comedy Subgenres

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

...This chapter is devoted to subgenres that, whilst less popular than broad family or romantic comedies still earn their place at the comedy table and have their firm fans. These might be the comedies of independent writer/directors...

Sports 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

...Sport is drama at its simplest and most compelling.Tin Cup. Heaven Can Wait. Happy Gilmore. Caddyshack. Space Jam. White Men Can’t Jump. Bull Durham. Slap Shot. Kingpin. BASEketball. Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story. Whip it. The Bad News...

Mocking Society: Parody, Mockumentary and Satire

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

...A parodie, a parodie! To make it absurder than it was. Parody Parody is one of the easier forms of comedy, as it starts out with something in existence, that which we look on as stale. It is easy to laugh at the SF/Horror movies...

Transgression

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

...Natural Born Killers. Three Kings. American Psycho. Happiness. Man Bites Dog. Bonnie and Clyde. Springbreakers. Life is Beautiful. South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut. To Be or Not To Be. Obvious Child.What you can and cannot portray...

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...

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....

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...

Narrative 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

...The love impulse in men very frequently reveals itself in terms of conflict. Screwball Intolerable Cruelty. My Man Godfrey. The Awful Truth. Bringing Up Baby. It Happened One Night. How To Lose a Guy in 10 Days. The Palm Beach Story....

Dark Comedy and Farce

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

...Tragedy is when I cut my finger, comedy is when you fall down a drain and die. Dark comedy A Clockwork Orange. Swimming With Sharks. The War of The Roses. Kind Hearts and Coronets. Ruthless People. Throw Momma From The Train. Arsenic...