Q: What can an actor do to help a comedy script/scene/moment that is just badly written or structured? What do you do when the writing is bad, but the director wants a laugh?
A: One approach is not to worry about what you say; focus on who you are. Always play the character.read more
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
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
Here's an article in LA Screenwriter by Angela Bourassa that covers 3 of my Hidden Tools of Comedy. You can READ IT...read more
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
When I was a kid, I think I really liked Jerry Lewis’ The Nutty Professor. I think. It’s been a long time. But now? Not so much. The Nutty Professor (1963), was produced, written (with Bill Raymond), directed, and starring Jerry Lewis in what many believe is his...read more
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
I was among a number of comedy experts who got to opine on South Park's brutal take-down of Donald...read more
“Any particular tips for approaching sketch writing?
In particular, any advice for coming up with strong endings?
Great Web Sites Scriptchat: The place to be on Twitter for all things screenwriting Michael Wiese Books: The place to go for books on filmmaking Great People Pilar Alessandra: "The Coffee Break Screenwriter" Theresa Robbins Dudeck: "Keith Johnstone: A Critical...read more
Radio interview I did this summer with James Barbour talking about my new book, The Hidden Tools of...read more
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