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...Summer 1914. In order to dedicate themselves to a life of study, the King and his friends take an oath to avoid the company of women for three years. No sooner have they made their idealistic pledge than the Princess of France and her...
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...Autumn 1918. A group of soldiers returns from the trenches. The world weary Benedick and his friend Claudio find themselves reacquainted with Beatrice and Hero. As memories of conflict give way to a life of parties and masked balls, Claudio...

Basic Joke Writing

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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...Probably the most common question asked of professional humorists is ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ I know it’s the most common question I get asked – in fact I’m usually the one asking it, whenever I’m staring at a blank screen...

Delivery

Oliver Double

Oliver Double started his career as a professional comedian before lecturing on and teaching drama and comedy at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of many journal articles on stand-up comedy and comedians. His publications include Stand Up: On Being A Comedian (2005) and Getting the Joke (2nd edition, 2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Getting the Joke : The inner workings of stand-up comedy

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Deadpan Today, although many stand-ups follow Mort Sahl’s example by adopting everyday rhythms of speech, some still take a more stylised approach. Deadpan comedians are a classic example. The word ‘deadpan’ suggests an impassive...
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...Valentine and Proteus are best friends until they fall in love with the same girl. Having travelled to Milan in search of adventure, they both fall for the Duke's daughter Silvia. But Proteus is already sworn to his sweetheart Julia at home...
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...Age recommendation: 12+ Recorded through National Theatre Live on 15th September, 2011. Fired from his skiffle band, Francis Henshall becomes minder to Roscoe Crabbe, a small time East End hood, now in Brighton to collect £6,000 from his...

Improvisation

Oliver Double

Oliver Double started his career as a professional comedian before lecturing on and teaching drama and comedy at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of many journal articles on stand-up comedy and comedians. His publications include Stand Up: On Being A Comedian (2005) and Getting the Joke (2nd edition, 2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Getting the Joke : The inner workings of stand-up comedy

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...While filming a live video at the Wilde Theatre in Bracknell in 1997, Mark Lamarr notices a beetle crawling across the stage. He crouches down to look at it, and some of the audience laugh, seeing what he’s doing. Then he starts having fun...

Insiders and outsiders

Oliver Double

Oliver Double started his career as a professional comedian before lecturing on and teaching drama and comedy at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of many journal articles on stand-up comedy and comedians. His publications include Stand Up: On Being A Comedian (2005) and Getting the Joke (2nd edition, 2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Getting the Joke : The inner workings of stand-up comedy

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...In the late 1990s, Phill Jupitus created an entire full-length stand-up show about the film Star Wars. It started off as ‘a Wookiee impression and a joke about Darth Vader’, which he threw into a 20-minute set at the Comedy Store, pretty...

Magic

Oliver Double

Oliver Double started his career as a professional comedian before lecturing on and teaching drama and comedy at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of many journal articles on stand-up comedy and comedians. His publications include Stand Up: On Being A Comedian (2005) and Getting the Joke (2nd edition, 2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Getting the Joke : The inner workings of stand-up comedy

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2014

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...Stand-up comedy happens by magic. Comedians are born with a fully developed comic talent, and the first time they ever perform in front of an audience, they are greeted with gales of laughter. There are different theories to explain this....
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...In the melting pot of Venice, trade is God. With its ships plying the globe, the city opens its arms to all – as long as they come prepared to do business and there is profit to be made. When the gold is flowing, all is well – but when...