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Performing In Comedy

Author : Ian Wilkie
ISBN : 9781317429296
Genre : Performing Arts
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Ian Wilkie contends that comic acting is a distinct art form, and as such demands a unique skillset. By exploring the ways in which performance choices and improvised moments can work in conjunction with texts themselves, Performing in Comedy offers an indispensable practical tool for enhancing comic performance. This volume is a must-read for any actors, directors or students who work with comic texts. Wilkie synthesises theories and principles of comedy with practical tips, and re-evaluates the ways in which these ideas can be used by the performer. Most importantly, these skills – timing, focus, awareness – are teachable rather than being innate talents. Exercises, interviews and guides to further resources enhance this comprehensive exploration of comic acting.
Category: Performing Arts

Comedy Acting For Theatre

Author : Sidney Homan
ISBN : 9781350012783
Genre : Drama
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Analysing why we laugh and what we laugh at, and describing how performers can elicit this response from their audience, this book enables actors to create memorable – and hilarious – performances. Rooted in performance and performance criticism, Sidney Homan and Brian Rhinehart provide a detailed explanation of how comedy works, along with advice on how to communicate comedy from the point of view of both the performer and the audience. Combining theory and performance, the authors analyse a variety of plays, both modern and classic. Playwrights featured include Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, Christopher Durang, and Michael Frayn. Acting in Shakespeare's comedies is also covered in depth.
Category: Drama

Performing Greek Comedy

Author : Alan Hughes
ISBN : 9781107009301
Genre : Drama
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A new account of Greek comedy performance from its sixth-century origins to New Comedy, drawing upon fresh visual evidence.
Category: Drama

Performing Live Comedy

Author : Chris Ritchie
ISBN : 9781408147245
Genre : Performing Arts
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Comedy is a global multibillion dollar industry and it is also one of the easiest ones to get into. Performing Live Comedy is for anyone who has ever thought about getting up onstage and being funny or for those who have already started. It offers a breakdown of the process of live comedy and provides a basic toolbox for the student and aspirant comedian, covering all aspects of live comedy such as stand-up, music, double acts, ventriloquists and magicians. Gender, sexuality, ethnicity and disability are also covered in this book as well as ethical considerations on what we should or should not joke about. The book breaks down the entire process of live comedy from writing a simple one-liner to creating a complete act, from organising an open spot at the local comedy club to getting into the Edinburgh Festival and running your own venue. Performing Live Comedy is full of advice and original interviews with comedians and writers currently involved in the comedy industry such as Rob Grant (Red Dwarf), Shazia Merza, Henning Wehn, Ed Aczel, Paul Zerdin and Lucy Greaves.
Category: Performing Arts

Restoration Comedy In Performance

Author : J. L. Styan
ISBN : 0521274214
Genre : Drama
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Restoration comedy disappeared from the stage for nearly 200 years until it was revived early this century. Without the benefit of a performance tradition has suffered from an inappropriate literary and moralistic criticism which continues to this day. Yet this brilliant court and coterie comedy of sexual and social behaviour was an extraordinary success in its own time, and enjoys a unique place in theatrical history as an example of the interplay possible between the stage and the audience. In this book John Styan persuades us that only through a performance approach to the great plays of Etherege, Wycherley, Dryden, Shadwell, Vanbrugh, Congreve and Farquhar can we recover a sense of their value. Restoration Comedy in Performance is liberally illustrated with contemporary drawings and modern photographs, and it draws extensively upon documentary and visual evidence of the seventeenth century in order to suggest the importance of the costume and customs, manners and behaviour of the age to an understanding of the sort of theatre and drama it produced. Professor Styan also discusses the problems encountered in the early attempts to revive the comedies in the twentieth century, and pauses frequently in order to offer a descriptive account of a moment of staging or to recreate a scene or a sequence of comic repartee or action. The book aims to bring back to life, therefore, something of a lost art form, not as a piece of conventional stage or production history, but as a true attempt to recognize the virtues of Restoration comedy as a performing art.
Category: Drama

Critical Theory And Performance

Author : Janelle G. Reinelt
ISBN : 0472064584
Genre : Performing Arts
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The first comprehensive survey of the major critical currents and approaches in the lively field of performance studies
Category: Performing Arts

Scripts And Scenarios

Author : Richard Andrews
ISBN : 0521353572
Genre : Drama
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Examines in a different light the innovative and influential scripted comedies of the Italian Renaissance.
Category: Drama

Mockumentary Comedy

Author : Richard Wallace
ISBN : 9783319778488
Genre : Performing Arts
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This book is the first to take comedy seriously as an important aspect of the popular mockumentary form of film and television fiction. It examines the ways in which mockumentary films and television programmes make visible—through comedy—the performances that underpin straight documentaries and many of our public figures. Mockumentary Comedy focuses on the rock star and the politician, two figures that regularly feature as mockumentary subjects. These public figures are explored through detailed textual analyses of a range of film and television comedies, including A Hard Day’s Night, This is Spinal Tap, The Thick of It, Veep and the works of Christopher Guest and Alison Jackson. This book broadens the scope of existing mockumentary scholarship by taking comedy seriously in a sustained way for the first time. It ultimately argues that the comedic performances—by performers and of documentary conventions—are central to the form’s critical significance and popular appeal.
Category: Performing Arts

A Hint To Husbands

Author : Richard Cumberland
ISBN : OCLC:1167535236
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Zen And The Art Of Stand Up Comedy

Author : Jay Sankey
ISBN : 9780878300730
Genre : Performing Arts
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An insider's look that explains stand-up comedy. How to get ideas, and write jokes, how to take the stage and master delivery and timing and how to market yourself.
Category: Performing Arts

Performance And Identity In Irish Stand Up Comedy

Author : S. Colleary
ISBN : 9781137343901
Genre : Performing Arts
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One of the cultural phenomena to occur in Ireland in the last two decades has been the highly successful growth of stand-up comedy as a popular entertainment genre. This book examines stand-up comedy from the perspective of the narrated self, through the prism of the fabricated comedy persona, including Tommy Tiernan, Dylan Moran and Maeve Higgins.
Category: Performing Arts


Author : Michael Shurtleff
ISBN : 0802719023
Genre : Performing Arts
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The casting director for Chicago, Pippin, Becket, Gypsy, The Graduate, the Sound of Music and Jesus Christ Superstar tells you how you can find your dream role! Absolutely everything an actor needs to know to get the part is here: What to do that moment before, how to use humour; create mystery; how to develop a distinct style; and how to evaluate the place, the relationships and the competition. In fact, Audition is a necessary guide to dealing with all the "auditions" we face in life. This is the bible on the subject.
Category: Performing Arts


Author : Lorie Brau
ISBN : 9781461634102
Genre : Art
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An introduction to the theatrical art of comic storytelling that originated in the Edo period, Rakugo sheds light on Japanese culture as a whole: its aesthetics, social relations, and learning styles. Enriched with personal anecdotes, Rakugo explicates the art's contemporary performance culture: the image, training and techniques of the storytellers, the venues where they perform, and the role of the audience in sustaining the art. Laurie Brau inquires into how this comic art form participates in the discourse of heritage, serving as a symbol of the Edo culture, while continuing to appeal to Japanese today. Written in an accessible manner, this book is appropriate for all levels of student or researcher.
Category: Art

British Pantomime Performance

Author : Millie Taylor
ISBN : 9781841501741
Genre : Performing Arts
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Three of Charles Dickens's much-loved Christmas novellas-The Cricket on the Hearth, The Battle of Life, and The Haunted Man-are brought to life in this classic audiobook collection.
Category: Performing Arts

The Dark Side Of Stand Up Comedy

Author : Patrice A. Oppliger
ISBN : 9783030372149
Genre : Performing Arts
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This book focuses on the “dark side” of stand-up comedy, initially inspired by speculations surrounding the death of comedian Robin Williams. Contributors, those who study humor as well as those who perform comedy, join together to contemplate the paradoxical relationship between tragedy and comedy and expose over-generalizations about comic performers’ troubled childhoods, addictions, and mental illnesses. The book is divided into two sections. First, scholars from a variety of disciplines explore comedians’ onstage performances, their offstage lives, and the relationship between the two. The second half of the book focuses on amateur and lesser-known professional comedians who reveal the struggles they face as they attempt to hone successful comedy acts and likable comic personae. The goal of this collection is to move beyond the hackneyed stereotype of the sad clown in order to reveal how stand-up comedy can transform both personal and collective tragedies by providing catharsis through humor.
Category: Performing Arts

How To Produce Perform And Write An Edinburgh Fringe Comedy Show

Author : Ian Fox
ISBN : 1466438770
Genre : Performing Arts
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About the book This book shares eleven years experience of producing shows at the Fringe for the price of two café lattea and a muffin, without the social awkwardness of having to sit with the author in a coffee shop. This guide is aimed at performers interested in producing their first shows at the Edinburgh Fringe. Highlighting the author's personal experiences of half-full houses, flat mates gone bad, hostel horror stories, campsite calamities, and general comedy cock-ups. Although the author's background is in producing and performing stand-up comedy, the principles of venue hire, promotion and publicity are the same for shows of other genres, such as sketch comedy, cabaret and theatre shows, as are the problems of managing large groups of performers. The section on how to write shows details the author's approach to writing his shows as opposed to being a general how to write comedy guide. Unofficial about the book As well as the usual advice on booking venues and ordering flyers, what I've tried to do is give my personal experiences of the Fringe, so for most of the pieces of advice there is a story about how I ended up doing stuff that way. The final section of the book is a collection of first-hand war stories from the Fringe which most of the people who have read them have laughed at. There are a couple of shall we say incidents involving assaults with deadly weapons, mental break downs, general flat mate gone bad stories and heart attacks which don't generally raise a laugh but they all happened and made the experiences much more interesting. I've used pseudonyms in some cases or omitted names entirely because you might well have been gigging with the people involved recently. I've also included my approach to writing two shows I did at the Fringe to give you an idea of working practices and how I put shows together. Hopefully the reader will be able to take something away from my experiences. The book will hopefully be updated as I go along. If you bought it – and I'm pleased to say that it is off the grid with sales, then do say hello. Both the Kindle and on-demand printed version have an address in them which lists where you can find the updates on-line, It seems a bit unfair you having to pay for small updates. Quotes about this book "If you're a young comedian starting out I would urge you to read this book instead of going to Edinburgh."Ian Cognito "Ian's book helped me bring my show from NYC to Edinburgh. It helped me write it, market it, produce it and sell it. Most of all, it helped me have fun with it. Ian knows his stuff." - Peter Michael Marino, New York (formerly of Off-Broadway smash 'STOMP'"This is the complete guide. Anybody thinking of taking a show to the Fringe needs this book!" David Crawford, Screen and Stage Actor featured in George Romero's 'Dawn of the Dead'"Essential for anyone going to the Fringe. It's got everything you need to know but might never think of. The ultimate guide - and lots of great anecdotes.” - John Fleming, Organiser Annual Malcolm Hardee Comedy Awards“I have never had any aspiration to perform at The Fringe, but I found I could hardly put down this book such was the interest it evoked in me, so I guess if I was a person who did want to experience the phenomena then this should be a must read.” -"Even those that have already been performing at the Fringe for a few years are still likely to take something new away the book."British Comedy Guide
Category: Performing Arts