Bring the Funny: The Essential Companion for the Comedy Screenwriter

Bring the Funny: The Essential Companion for the Comedy Screenwriter

by Greg DePaul

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ISBN-13: 9781138929258
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 07/25/2016
Pages: 230
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

Table of Contents

Act 1: You vs. Yourself

1. The Funny

a) What is the Funny? (An age-old question. Try my age-old answer.)

b) Do I have the Funny? (I hope so.)

c) Can I order it online? (No! It’s like the force. Look within.)

d) Pop quiz!

2. Everything Matters

a) Prepare yourself (Sit down at your computer, roll up your sleeves and get ready not to write.)

b) Follow your heroes (The all-stars of comedy screenwriting) c) Mind your mentors (Well, me, for one)

d) Live the page (How to walk, talk, and blow your nose like a comedy screenwriter)

e) Pop quiz!

3. Get on Your Horse

a) What is a screenplay? (You think you know.)

b) A.I.C. (Pardon my French!)

c) Writing hat

e) Editing hat

f) Ass hat (Again, my French!)

g) The long haul of the feature screenwriter (Pack a lunch.)

h) Season to taste (the Michael Arndt example)

i) Pop quiz!

Act 2: You vs. the Page

4. Funny Peeps

a) Character (The undefinable element you must define)

b) Writing Inside-Out (starting with character)

c) Writing Outside-In (ending with character)

d) Relate-ability ("Hey, that idiot onscreen is me!")

e) Your character stable (where live the confidante, the antagonist, the mentor ...)

f) Pop quiz!

5. The Big Idea

a) Act 2 is all. (Everything else is small.)
b) High concept (This stuff comes from God. Or cocaine. Or both.)

c) Low concept (AKA "Execution Dependent")

d) Genre-bending (where X meets Y)

e) Fish outta water (and flopping on the deck.)

f) Comic Justice (Healing the world one script at a time.)

g) The idea factory (Build it and they will come.)

h) Pop quiz!

6. The String of Pearls

a) The DWR’s (Dramatic Writing Rules. Ignore them at your peril.)

b) The Conceit (You get one big gulp at the beginning.)

c) Escalation (A DWR that’s so important it needs its own section.)

d) Farce (It’s everywhere. Ya just gotta see it.)

e) Plotting (Get out your index cards ...)

f) Sub-plotting (and cut them into little pieces.)

g) Gapping (What not to write.)

h) Really Important Comedy Screenwriting Rule #99 (which trumps all other rules.)

h) Pop quiz!

7. The Pearls Themselves

a) What is a scene? (Again, you think you know.)

b) Master Scenes ("Supper’s ready!")

c) Scenes a Faire (They’re obligatory for a reason.)

d) Act Outs (AKA Buttons)

e) Subtext (Much discussed, much misunderstood)

f) Setpieces (Leave them in flames.)

h) Pop quiz!

Act 3: You vs. the World

8. The Biz

a) The comedy-industrial complex (what’s being made now)

b) Pitching (Who needs it, who doesn’t, how to do it, why not to)

b) Agents (in Latin they are known as Tenpercenticus Exploiticus)

c) Managers (AKA agents who want to be producers)

d) Producers (What do they actually do?)

e) Everybody else (There is anybody else?)

f) Pop quiz!

9. The Life

a) Sacrifice (You wanna be famous? Get out a knife and lay your son on a rock.)

b) Collaboration (And you became a writer to get away from people!)

c) Other screenwriters (Yes, they exist.)

d) Pop quiz!

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very funny, worth reading even if you're not a screenwriter. DePaul breaks down recent hit comedies in a way you can understand. And he's been there. Worth reading.