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Steve Kaplan is the author of The Comic Hero's Journey, The Hidden Tools of Comedy and the Serious Business of Being Funny. Artists he's taught, directed or produced have won Oscars, Emmys, Golden Globes and WGAS awards. He's cofounder of Manhattan Punch line Theatre and Creator of the HBO New Writers Project KaplanComedy.com
Steve Kaplan The Comic Hero's Journey We discuss the difference between the classic Campbell/Vogler hero's journey and Kaplan's model of the Comic Hero's journey, along the way discussing the ...
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The function and value of comedy.
Comedy helps us live with who we are.
We're afraid people will find out who we really are
The great comic gesture is the shrug.
Drama vs comedy
Comedy is the art of telling the truth about people. Dramas tell a wonderful, beautiful lie. Dramas help you dream about what you could be. Drama takes out silly, ridiculous or absurd parts of drama.
What if Hamlet let out a fart?
Comedy is about being okay being human.
Comedy is the art of hopefutile, ridiculous, unattainable hope.
It is life affirming, life giving. It's the will of people to not only survive but to thrive in the face of unbelievable and inescapable problems
What's the difference between comedic movies and stand-up comedy?
Comedy movies are thematic, Movies put characters in impossible or improbably situationthe WTF stage
Ordinary person struggling against insurmountable odds, without many of the skills or tools with which to win yet never giving up hope.
What is a hero? What's a comic hero? What's the difference.
Hero's Journey hero has a goal. Comedic hero is dragged kicking and screaming and doesn't have goal, but ends up waking up and transforming, usually with the building of relationships, family and community.
Categories of comedy
In comedy, character determines events.
What have you learned from the history of comedy, which your book explores
What's the difference between the hero's journey and the comic hero's journey
The role of characters
Trickster- colors outside the box, breaks the rules
Mask to Mensch
Object of Desire
Voice of reason: character who sees the truth and tells the truth
Stages in Comic Hero's Journey
Race to the Finish
Develop impossible situation through and by characters
In hero's journey, hero goes off to right a wrong.
Decision points: There's no question what the character is going to do, why even bother wasting time showing it
Discovering true goal
Moment of hopelessness?
Protagonist has a blip
Moment of self doubt
The moment the mask is put back on
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