by Ashley Scott Meyers In this week's episode of the podcast I interview screenwriter, actor, and producer Chad Ridgely about his two new horror/comedy features, Massacre on Aisle 12 and 6:66 P.M. We also talk about his move from the east coast, his first few years in LA, and how he sold a pilot script.... Continue Reading →
by Angela Bourassa Greg DePaul (@GregDePaul) isn’t what I’d call a traditional screenwriting teacher. In his new comedy screenwriting book, Bring the Funny, you won’t find detailed descriptions of how to format your script or an in-depth breakdown of proper three act structure. (For those, you can and should turn to Robert McKee’s Story and... Continue Reading →
by John Bucher (@johnkbucher) [Editor's Note: Steve Kaplan has a Comedy Intensive coming up at the end of January in Los Angeles. Learn more and sign up here!] A scientific study once found that 96% of people think they have an above average or average sense of humor. I think we can all agree that a significant... Continue Reading →
It's hard for winners to do comedy. Comedy is inherently subversive. We represent the underdog as comedy usually speaks for the lower classes. We attack the winners.
All I need to make a comedy is a park, a policeman and a pretty girl.
The appreciative smile, the chuckle, the soundless mirth, so important to the success of comedy, cannot be understood unless one sits among the audience and feels the warmth created by the quality of laughter that the audience takes home with it.
I love fantasy. I love horror. I love musicals. Whatever doesn’t really happen in life is what I’m interested in. As a way of commenting on everything that does happen in life, because ultimately the only thing I’m really interested in is people.