Funny Bones: the structure of comedy
a craft workshop for genre authors
- Format: available in lengths from one to six hours.
- Technical requirements: projector/screen if available.
FUNNY BONES with Damon Suede
Being funny is a serious business. Even in the darkest books a dash of humor can make your scenes sizzle because audiences love to laugh. Careful comic plotting and characterization can turn “meh” into mesmerizing. Defy gravity! We’ll tackle the ins-n-outs of making folks smile with tips and tricks that will help you find the rib ticklers underneath your romance.
Funny Bones is a craft workshop looking at comic theory, and the craft of writing humor in all kinds of genre fiction. Covering history, technique, and project planning, this session explores:
- the mechanics of comedy
- recipe for a comic beat and humorous rhythm/pacing
- the power of rhythm and pace
- comedic characters and the role of jokers in the genre plot, and the possibilities of a comic ensemble
- Applications of wit and schtick to leaven your manuscript regardless of genre
Though this class operates primarily as a lecture, there are exercises throughout to provoke relevant discussion and experimentation.
- A comprehensive theory of humor and the craft of evoking laughter.
- A dissection of joke construction and humorous beats
- An analysis of comic characters and the power of ensemble comedy casts
- Exercises and references to develop your own comic voice.
- "Funny Bones" for the Long Island RWA (March 2015)
- Matt Besser, Ian Roberts, & Matt Walsh - Upright Citizens Brigade Comedy Improvisation Manual
- Greg Dean - Step by Step to Standup Comedy
- Larry Gelbart - Laughing Matters
- Keith Giglio - Writing the Comedy Blockbuster
- Charna Halpern, Del Close, Kim Johnson - Truth in Comedy: the manual for improvisation
- David L. Hirst - Comedy of Manners
- Steve Kaplan - Hidden Tools of comedy: the serious business of being funny
- David Nihill - Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker
- Sol Saks - Funny Business: the craft of comedy writing, 2nd edition
- Athene Seyler - The Craft of Comedy
- John Vorhaus - The Comic Toolbox: how to be
funny even if you're not
- Maurice Charney - Comedy High and Low: an introduction to the experience of comedy
- Albert Cook - The Dark Voyage and the Golden Mean: a philosophy of comedy
- Robert Corrigan - Comedy, Meaning and Form
- Jessica Milner Davis - Farce
- Wes D. Gehring - Romantic vs. Screwball Comedy: charting the difference
- Walter Kerr - Tragedy & Comedy
- Harold C. Knutson - The Triumph of Wit: Moliere and Restoration Comedy
- Harry Levin - Playboys and Killjoys: an essay on the theory and practice of comedy
- Garry Marshall - Wake Me When It’s Funny
- Wylie Sypher (ed.) - Comedy: essays by George
Meredith & Henri Bergson
- Maria Aitken - Style: acting in high comedy
- Stuart E Baker - Georges Feydeau and the Aesthetics of Farce
- David G. Grote - The End of Comedy: the sitcom and the comedic tradition
- Doris Milberg - The Art of the Screwball Comedy: madcap entertainment from 1930s to today
- Mark Rubinfeld - Bound to Bond: gender, genre, and the Hollywood romantic comedy
- John Rudlin - Commedia Dell'Arte: an actor's handbook
If you'd like to book Damon to come present a workshop for your group or chapter, just give a holler.