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

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

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by Scott Sedita
     
 

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At the core of this Hollywood howto guide is the concept of The Eight Characters of Comedy, the eight specific character archetypes used in sitcoms dating back to the advent of TV. Every actor can find a sitcom niche by identifying with one of these eight characters. Using past and current actors and sitcom personalities, Sedita describes in detail where these

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At the core of this Hollywood howto guide is the concept of The Eight Characters of Comedy, the eight specific character archetypes used in sitcoms dating back to the advent of TV. Every actor can find a sitcom niche by identifying with one of these eight characters. Using past and current actors and sitcom personalities, Sedita describes in detail where these characters come from and how actors can play them truthfully.
• who is normally cast as The Logical Smart One'
• why do we love The Lovable Loser'
• why is The Neurotic such a fun character to play' In addition, readers learn how to break down a comedy script, how to identify different types of jokes, how to deliver them with comedic precision, sitcom auditioning techniques, and how to market themselves.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"... 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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780977064106
Publisher:
Atides Publishing
Publication date:
11/28/2005
Pages:
244
Product dimensions:
8.26(w) x 5.62(h) x 0.64(d)

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From the Publisher
"The Eight Characters of Comedy is a must read for every actor who wants to audition for comedy!" -- Susan Vash, Casting Director, Happy Endings, The Neighbors

"Need to know what makes a great sitcom? Scott Sedita is THE MAN! And The Eight Characters of Comedy is THE BOOK!" -- Conchata Ferrell, Series Regular, Two and a Half Men

"Sedita has written 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

Meet the Author

Scott Sedita has years of experience in both New York and Los Angeles as an actor, agent, writer, casting director, and acting coach at his Scott Sedita Acting Studio. He has appeared on numerous shows, including Starting Over, Faking It and Helmets Off, and is resident acting coach on Fight For Fame.

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The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
ErininLA More than 1 year ago
After reading this book, you will never look at sitcoms the same again! And if you are an actor (like I am), this is a very good thing! This book teaches you the eight characters of comedy that are in every sitcom and how each one is essential to the story and/or show. It also helps to identify which character you would best play and how to perfect that character. As one actor in a sea of actors, knowing your comedy niche and type is half the battle. If that's not enough, it also teaches you joke types, technique, and delivery. If you are an actor auditioning or wanting to audition for sitcoms, this book is a must!
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JClifford More than 1 year ago
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!