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Why Is That So Funny By John Wright

Why Is That So Funny
by John Wright

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An exploration of the principles and practice of physical comedy by a leading practitioner and teacher. This work contains hundreds of games and exercises useful to teachers and performers.
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Why Is That So Funny: A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy by John Wright

Comedy is recognised as one of the most problematic areas of performance. For that reason, it is rarely written about in any systematic way. John Wright was original founder of Trestle Theatre before establishing his current company, the acclaimed Told By An Idiot (recent success: Playing the Victim). He therefore brings a wide range of experience of physical comedy to this, his first book, a unique exploration of comedy and of comedic techniques. The first part of the book is about the various kinds of laughter that can be provoked by performance. The meat of the book consists of games and exercises devised to demonstrate and investigate the whole range of comic possibilities open to a performer. The result is a deeply but satisfyingly provocative book, in which every assertion in this most subjective of fields is put to the practical test. Everyone interested in how comedy works will be thoroughly stimulated by this book, but teachers and performers will find it invaluable.

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Why Is That So Funny Reviews

'a welcome relief from the flood of performance studies theory, being firmly based in a lifetime of practice ... a must for any budding physical comedy performers - and an inspiration for everyone who treads the boards, whether they think of themselves as 'comedic' or not' Total Theatre Magazine

About John Wright

John Wright is a director and a teacher of performance skills. He set up Trestle Theatre to investigate mime and masks, then founded Told by an Idiot, a theatre company that specialises in physical comedy.

Table of Contents

About Laughter The Gentle Art of Playfulness (Play; Complicity; Theatre as Game) Messing About with Meaning (States of Tension; Rhythm; Timing; Making Choices and Shaping Action) The Gentle Art of Idiocy (Simple Clown; Pathetic Clown; Tragic Clown) The Gentle Art of Ridicule (Parody; Pastiche; Caricature; Burlesque; Buffoon)

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Why Is That So Funny: A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy by John Wright
John Wright
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