The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing

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The Eight Characters of Comedy is the “How-To” guide for actors and writers who want to break into the world of sitcoms. It has become a staple in acting classes, writers’ rooms, casting offices and production sets around the world. Now, in it’s exciting SECOND EDITION, renowned acting coach and bestselling author Scott Sedita gives you even MORE advice and exercises for breaking down comedy scripts, writing jokes and delivering them with comedic precision. Plus, you’ll find in-depth sections on Sitcom History, ...
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Overview

The Eight Characters of Comedy is the “How-To” guide for actors and writers who want to break into the world of sitcoms. It has become a staple in acting classes, writers’ rooms, casting offices and production sets around the world. Now, in it’s exciting SECOND EDITION, renowned acting coach and bestselling author Scott Sedita gives you even MORE advice and exercises for breaking down comedy scripts, writing jokes and delivering them with comedic precision. Plus, you’ll find in-depth sections on Sitcom History, The Three Pillars of Comedy, Auditioning for Sitcoms, and his acclaimed comedic technique “The Sedita Method”!

Most importantly, you will be introduced to his famous sitcom character archetypes, which will help you build your niche in half-hour comedy…The Eight Characters of Comedy!

Who is normally cast as The Logical Smart One? Why do we love The Lovable Loser? Why is The Neurotic a favorite for actors and writers? How do you play The Dumb One smart? Who are the biggest Bitch/Bastards? What drives The Materialistic Ones? Why is The Womanizer/Manizer so popular? How can you realistically write and play someone In Their Own Universe?

The Eight Characters of Comedy answers all these questions and more, with UPDATED EXAMPLES from current and classic sitcoms, and from many of the greatest sitcom characters and actors of all time! After reading this book, you WILL be ready to work in the exciting world of situation comedy!

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Editorial Reviews

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"... a must-read for every comedic actor!" -- Susan Vash, Casting Director, Happy Endings, The Neighbors

"What makes a great sitcom? Scott Sedita is THE MAN! And this is THE BOOK!" -- Conchata Ferrell, Two and a Half Men

"... an incredibly informative and entertaining book that every writer, actor and comedy lover should read…no…make that, memorize!" -- Rob Lotterstein, Sitcom Writer, Executive Producer

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780977064120
  • Publisher: Atides Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/1/2014
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 360,516
  • Product dimensions: 8.30 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Scott Sedita has years of experience, both in New York and Los Angeles, as a talent agent, casting director, writer and sitcom consultant. He has worked with many of today’s most successful television and film actors and continues to groom future stars through his acclaimed Scott Sedita Acting Studios. He is the author of the bestselling Scott Sedita’s Guide to Making it in Hollywood and the creator of the Actor Audition App.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Preface
Introduction 1
Chapter 1 Who's Funny? 3
Chapter 2 Sitcom History 7
Chapter 3 Half Hour Technique 13
Rhythm 13
Words 14
Punctuation 18
Timing and Pace 21
The Turnaround 22
Triplets 27
Chapter 4 Acting Technique 37
Chapter 5 The Four C's of Comedy 43
Chapter 6 The Characters 45
Episode 1 The Logical Smart One 51
Who is The Logical Smart One? 52
A profile of The Logical Smart One 55
The Logical Smart One...and more 65
Episode 2 The Lovable Loser 71
Who is The Lovable Loser? 72
A profile of The Lovable Loser 75
The Lovable Loser...and more 85
Episode 3 The Neurotic 91
Who is The Neurotic? 92
A profile of The Neurotic 95
The Neurotic...and more 108
Episode 4 The Dumb One 115
Who is The Dumb One? 116
A profile of The Dumb One 119
The Dumb One...and more 128
Episode 5 The Bitch / Bastard 133
Who is The Bitch / Bastard? 135
A profile of The Bitch / Bastard 140
The Bitch / Bastard...and more 150
Episode 6 The Womanizer / Manizer 159
Who is The Womanizer / Manizer? 161
A profile of The Womanizer / Manizer 163
The Womanizer / Manizer...and more 172
Episode 7 The Materialistic One 177
Who is The Materialistic One? 178
A profile of The Materialistic One 182
The Materialistic One...and more 190
Episode 8 In Their Own Universe 195
Who is In Their Own Universe? 196
A profile of In Their Own Universe 199
In Their Own Universe...and more 209
Epilogue: Finding Your Comedic Note 215
Appendix 1 Ten Rules of Comedy 220
Appendix 2 Who Said That? 220
Appendix 3 Glossary (Finding the Funny) 223
Index 231
About the author
Actor Notes
Order forms
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  • Posted June 15, 2011

    Such a smart book!

    This book finally says the things you know, but have been unable to put your finger on. It is easy to read, and funny too. Well, one would hope with a book about sit-coms.

    As an actor, I found this helped me tremendously. It gave me insight into what to do, and how to do it. I can already see the results.
    As a writer, I find it easier to make choices for my characters, now that I have a guideline for their intentions. Even the difficult part of starting the script is made easier when you just decide what character would go with the ones you already have.
    Definitely a must have!

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