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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...

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...

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...

Prison Comedies

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 hundred and twenty five years … Oh God, Oh God … I’ll be a hundred and sixty one when I get out.Take the Money and Run. Life. I love You, Philip Morris. Stir Crazy. The Longest Yard. Porridge. Pardon Us. Doin’ Time. Ernest Goes to Jail....

Plotting and Comic Scenes

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

...Life does not have a coherent narrative. Our successes and failures, as Kipling wrote, are both traitors. Life is a stream of events that happen with scant evidence of overt cause and effect, unlike in drama where we seek to force order...