Why is that So Funny?: A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy

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Nick Hern, 2006 - Drama - 334 pages
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A practical investigation of how comedy works, by a well-respected practitioner and teacher.

Comedy is recognised as one of the most problematic areas of performances. For that reason, it is rarely written about in any systematic way. John Wright, founder of Trestle Theatre and Told by an Idiot, brings a wide range of experience of physical comedy to this unique exploration of comedy and comedic techniques.

The book opens with an analysis of the different kinds of laughter that can be provoked by performance. This is followed by the main part of the book: games and exercises devised to demonstrate and investigate the whole range of comic possibilities open to a performer.

Why Is That So Funny? will be invaluable to teachers and performers and fascinating for anyone interested in how comedy works.

'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

'John Wright's magnum opus... a real labour of love and it is hard to believe that there is any aspect of the subject that he does not explore and explain... essential' British Theatre Guide

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The reason I hadn't written was that I found myself reading lots of books, all of them quite long, and with less time than usual, which made my writing about them be affected. Finally, I have finished ... Read full review

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User Review  - Colin - Goodreads

This is very much a book by an actor, full of anecdotes about his personal experience. Especially his personal experience of a trip to Bali he once took. Theatre of any kind is a difficult thing to ... Read full review

About the author (2006)

John Wright is a director and teacher of theatre whose work is in much demand all over the world. He co-founded Trestle Theatre Company in the early eighties and co-directed much of their work. In 1992 he co-founded Told by an Idiot with Paul Hunter and Hayley Carmichael.

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