The art of comedy writing / Arthur Asa Berger
- Berger, Arthur Asa, 1933-
- New Brunswick, N.J. : Transaction Publishers, 
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- Physical Description:
- ix, 127 pages ; 24 cm
- 1. Comic Techniques in Dramatic Comedies -- 2. The Braggart Captain: Miles Gloriosus -- 3. Make What You Will of Comedy: Twelfth Night -- 4. No Trusting to Appearances: The School for Scandal -- 5. The Devices of Absurdity: The Bald Soprano -- 6. Beyond Devices.
- "In The Art of Comedy Writing, Arthur Asa Berger argues that there are a relatively limited number of techniques - forty-five in all - that humorists employ. Elaborating upon his prior, in-depth study of humor, An Anatomy of Humor, in which Berger provides a content analysis of humor in all forms - joke books, plays, comic books, novels, short stories, comic verse, and essays - The Art of Comedy Writing goes further. Berger groups each technique into four basic categories: humor involving identity such as burlesque, caricature, mimicry, and stereotype; humor involving logic such as analogy, comparison, and reversal; humor involving language such as puns, wordplay, sarcasm, and satire; and finally, chase, slapstick, and speed, or humor involving action. Berger holds that the approaches which a comic selects and the way in which they are applied define a comic's hallmark style. The techniques also allow us to conduct sociological investigations into what kinds of humor Americans, Germans, Japanese - or members of any culture or subculture - use and prefer." "This book is a unique analytical offering for those interested in humor. It provides writers and critics with a sizable repertoire of techniques for use in their own future comic creations. As such, this book will be of interest to anyone inspired by humor and the creative process - professionals in the comedy field and students of creative writing, comedy, literary humor, communications, broadcast/media, and the humanities."--BOOK JACKET.
- 1560003243 (alk. paper), 9781560003243 (alk. paper), 9781412814898 (pbk.), and 1412814898 (pbk.)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 119-122) and indexes.
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