The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny

Written by:
Steve Kaplan
Narrated by:
Steve Kaplan , Sean Pratt

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
October 2023
8 hours 1 minute
While other books give you tips on how to “write funny,” this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. The Hidden Tools of Comedy unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy. Kaplan deconstructs sequences in popular films and TV that work and don’t work and explains what tools were used (or should have been used).
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I’ve known Steve Kaplan since his days at The Manhattan Punchline and The HBO Workspace. In his new book, The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny, Steve debunks the myth that comedy can’t be taught. Which, by the way, he’s also proved in a long, distinguished career: Professor Kaplan’s comedy calcium builds up funny bones. -- Scott Carter, producer/writer (Love & Respect with Killer Mike (PBS), Real Time with Bill Maher (HBO), playwright ("The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord") and creator/host of "Ye Gods with Scott Carter" podcast.

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