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

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

by Scott Sedita


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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780977064120
Publisher: Atides Publishing
Publication date: 02/01/2014
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 516,071
Product dimensions: 8.30(w) x 5.50(h) x 1.00(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1Who's Funny?3
Chapter 2Sitcom History7
Chapter 3Half Hour Technique13
Timing and Pace21
The Turnaround22
Chapter 4Acting Technique37
Chapter 5The Four C's of Comedy43
Chapter 6The Characters45
Episode 1The Logical Smart One51
Who is The Logical Smart One?52
A profile of The Logical Smart One55
The Logical Smart One...and more65
Episode 2The Lovable Loser71
Who is The Lovable Loser?72
A profile of The Lovable Loser75
The Lovable Loser...and more85
Episode 3The Neurotic91
Who is The Neurotic?92
A profile of The Neurotic95
The Neurotic...and more108
Episode 4The Dumb One115
Who is The Dumb One?116
A profile of The Dumb One119
The Dumb One...and more128
Episode 5The Bitch / Bastard133
Who is The Bitch / Bastard?135
A profile of The Bitch / Bastard140
The Bitch / Bastard...and more150
Episode 6The Womanizer / Manizer159
Who is The Womanizer / Manizer?161
A profile of The Womanizer / Manizer163
The Womanizer / Manizer...and more172
Episode 7The Materialistic One177
Who is The Materialistic One?178
A profile of The Materialistic One182
The Materialistic One...and more190
Episode 8In Their Own Universe195
Who is In Their Own Universe?196
A profile of In Their Own Universe199
In Their Own Universe...and more209
Epilogue: Finding Your Comedic Note215
Appendix 1Ten Rules of Comedy220
Appendix 2Who Said That?220
Appendix 3Glossary (Finding the Funny)223
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"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

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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!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!