Item description for Funny Business: An Introduction to Comedy With Royalty-Free Plays and Sketches by Marsh Cassady & Theodore O. Zapel...
Overview 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. Now 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. Following each sketch or play are notes reviewing what must be considered for acting the roles and preparing the total production. The book explains why references to events, places and people, both past and present are so important to each play or sketch. The reader will find many insights along the way about how to write and perform each comedy style successfully.
Publishers Description For big laughs, comedy relies on exaggeration, incongruity, automatism, character inconsistency, surprise and derision. Now, 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 drama material included makes the book very user-friendly for teaching, acting practice and live presentations. All characterizations are appropriate for student actors in their teens or twenties. Sample sketches include: Bardic Blackouts, Users, Father Knows Better, in the Appelations, The Monolog.
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Studio: Meriwether Publishing
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.44" Width: 5.47" Height: 0.81" Weight: 1.02 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 2000
Publisher Meriwether Publishing
ISBN 1566080371 ISBN13 9781566080378
Availability 0 units.
More About Marsh Cassady & Theodore O. Zapel
Cassady is a former actor/director and university professor with a PhD in theatre. He is fiction/drama editor of Crazyquilt Quarterly. While teaching at Montclair State he started a program of workshops, classes and special projects in playwriting. He has written more than 40 books including novels, short stories, drama collections, haiku, biography, and books on theatre and storytelling.
Reviews - What do customers think about Funny Business: An Introduction to Comedy With Royalty-Free Plays and Sketches?
NOT Funny - and only for Teens Jan 29, 2002
Although the basic tenants of comedy are presented here, the sketches that are used as illustrations are: (a) not funny and (b) useful for teens or younger only. This book seems geared to for middle school teaching usage when there's not much other material around. I put together sketches each year for a community variety show and was looking for some new inspiration. Hopefully, I thought, this book could give some "Second City" types of baselines. This book definitely did NOT come even close. Additionally, the this site write-up did not properly identify that the book is geared to young themes and interests, ignoring older funny-bones.
Excellent reference book Aug 5, 1998
Marsh Cassady has really nailed all of the forms of comedy in a concise, fun and easy to read way. It's difficult to explain comedy without making it unfunny. Cassady successfully engages the reader with scenes that illustrate how irony, incongruity, absurdity, and other classic methods of tickling our funny bones, work. I originally thought that Funny Business would be a good gift for a graduating senior but soon wanted it for my own reference. I highly recommend Funny Business.