An introduction to comedy with royalty-free plays and sketches
By Marsh Cassady
For big laughs, comedy relies on exaggeration, incongruity, automatism, character inconsistency, surprise and derision. Finally, here’s a book that defines and demonstrates each of these devices with twenty-two short sketches and one-act plays. This unique overview of high and low comedy defines all comedy genres: absurdism, tragicomedy, farce and melodrama. A discussion precedes each type of comedy illustrated, explaining the comic devices used. The reader will find many insights along the way about how to write and perform each comedy style successfully. The wide variety of scripted comedy material in this book makes it ideal for those who are teaching, practicing their acting or rehearsing for actual performances. Read more...
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