Steve's Blog

New Film Courage Series – The Comic Hero’s Journey

New Film Courage Series – The Comic Hero’s Journey

Film Courage recently released a new series I did with them about The Comic Hero's Journey. The first two videos are out now, with more to come. Hope you enjoy! Here's the introduction video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W0CtkK3MPe0 And here's the second video:...

read more
My 10 Favourite British Comedy Films

My 10 Favourite British Comedy Films

To celebrate my UK workshops, here's an article I wrote for the British Comedy Guide. You can view the original article HERE. My 10 Favourite British Comedy Films I'm often asked, "What's your favourite British comedy?" That's an almost impossible question to answer....

read more

AFI’s 100 Laughs: #98 – The Court Jester

Starring Danny Kaye, Glynis Johns, Angela Lansbury, and Basil Rathbone at his most villianous, with songs by Kaye’s wife Sylvia Fine and Sammy Cahn, and co-written, co-directed and co-produced by Melvin Frank and Norman Panama, this movie is still the delight it was...

read more

AFI’s 100 Laughs: #100 – Good Morning Vietnam

I’ve decided, for no other reason than it’s there, to screen, or in most cases, to re-screen all 100 movies on AFI’s 100 Laughs list and to report back to you, faithful readers, on how the movie has stood the test of time. Or the test of my own set of preconceived...

read more

“Any particular tips for approaching sketch writing?
In particular, any advice for coming up with strong endings?

Read more
Happy Bert-day, Cowardly Lion!

Happy Bert-day, Cowardly Lion!

Bert Lahr was born in New York City on this day in 1895. A star in vaudeville and on Broadway, his career in the movies never really took off--except for this little picture he once was featured in, The Wizard of Oz. Happy Birthday,...

read more

So, a minister walks into a bookstore, and . . .

. . . and buys my book, and writes a whole sermon based on the book! How cool/bizarre/unlikely/cool is that? The recording begins in the middle of the first sentence which went something like, "When was the last time you read a good book on the theory of comedy?" The...

read more

The “Hidden Tools” on Blog Talk Radio

This is an interview I gave last year prior to the publication of The Hidden Tools.  http://www.blogtalkradio.com/michaelwieseproductions/2012/02/14/steve-kaplan--hidden-tools-of-comedy      ...

read more

Archives

Great People

Pilar Alessandra – “The Coffee Break Screenwriter”

Theresa Robbins Dudeck –“Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography”

Chad Gervich – “Small Screen, Big Picture”

Michael Hauge – “Writing Screenplays That Sell”

Ellen Sandler – “The TV Writer’s Workbook”

Resources

Scriptchat: The place to be on Twitter for all things screenwriting

Michael Wiese Books: The place to go for books on filmmaking

Recommended Books

 Impro – by Keith Johnstone

Keith Johnstone: A Critical Biography – by Theresa Robbins Dudeck

Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy – by Greg Dean

Articles

[catlist name=article numberposts=10 pagination=yes instance=1]