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The Hidden Tools of Comedy


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).

• Author is the leading industry expert on comedy.
• Based on the author’s world-famous seminar, which has been presented in cities from London to Singapore, as well as at companies such as DreamWorks, Disney, and Aardman Animation.
• Dozens of film and TV examples showing exactly how the tools work, and unique exercises to help writers make the tools work for them.

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