Monday, December 3, 2007

how to be funny

Animation Comedy and Gag Writing by Jean Ann Wright

"Why does Johnny Bravo refuse to cross the road?…Because he’s no chicken!"

some of the comedy devices listed:

Impersonation/Disguise (a character in costume or drag)

Role Reversal and Anthropomorphism (two forms of reference and you oscillate between them)

Pretense and Exposure (hypocrisy, The Emperor’s New Clothes)

Pull Back and Reveal (the basic gag element is at first hidden from the audience)

Hidden Element (the basic gag element is hidden from one of the characters)

Misunderstanding, Turnabout (things are the opposite of what we expect)

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