The Way of the Laugh
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The Way of the Laugh

How to write jokes and turn them into sketches.
4.0 (1 rating)
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18 students enrolled
Created by Jim Hodgson
Last updated 1/2019
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 1 article
  • 4 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Students will learn how to prepare themselves to be funniest, how to find humor and craft it into jokes, and how to form jokes into sketches and beyond.
Requirements
  • Have a desire to be a comedy writer.
Description

Ever thought comedy writing might be for you? If you have, then you're right. It is! Anyone can be funny, and, more importantly, the world needs all the humor it can get. Join me as a student of the laugh.

In this course we'll get into the philosophy of great joke writing, then build on those skills to write full-blown comedy sketches. Come on in and let's have some fun.

Who this course is for:
  • People who want to learn more about writing comedy, or anyone who just wants to be funnier.
Course content
Expand all 13 lectures 49:26
+ Introduction
1 lecture 03:49

Want to write comedy? You should! I hope you will start and never, ever give up. In this video we get our minds ready to produce the work we were born to make.

Preview 03:49
+ The Shape of a Joke
1 lecture 05:36

In this video we get into the shape of a joke. It's one of those things most everyone already sort of knows intuitively, but it is critical to focus on this most basic building block.

Preview 05:36
+ Goals and Writer's Block
1 lecture 04:19

Let's make sure we have some achievable goals so we can make great work.

Preview 04:19
+ The Release of Tension
1 lecture 04:33

Where to find funny: releasing tension.

Release of Tension
04:33
+ Context and Relationships
1 lecture 02:22

Jokes need context. Let's think about some ways to make sure we give them the best possible chance of success.

Context and Relationships
02:22
+ Wit is sh*t, funny is money
1 lecture 02:24

Wit is a great spice to add to your comedy, but you can't eat spice. Or at least, you probably shouldn't eat only spice.

Wit is Sh*t, Funny is Money
02:24
+ Sketch Writing Tools & Tips
1 lecture 04:51

We're going to need some tools to write sketches, so let's talk about those.

Sketch Writing Tools & Tips
04:51
+ Act I - Premise, Setting, and Characters
1 lecture 07:18

What makes a good Act I, and how to set yourself up to hook your audience as fast as possible.

Act I - Premise, Setting, and Characters
07:18
+ Act II - Escalating
1 lecture 03:41

Act II is when we, as writers, really get to have some fun.

Act II - Escalating
03:41