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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, Bert!

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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...

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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      ...

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Coming to a Bookstore Near You . . .

2013-01-16 . . . even though by the time this is published, there may not be any bookstores left open. In any event, on July 1, 2013,  my book The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny will be published by Michael Wiese Productions. Woot...

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ISA Podcast Dec. 2011

In this podcast, sponsored by the International Screenwriter's Association, we talk about the 8 myths of comedy. The Comedy Perception Test. And the 8 Hidden Tools of Comedy. And the last half hour is reserved for a Q&A session — your chance to have one of your...

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Interview, Part 2

2012-02-18 This is the second part of an interview with German journalist and film-maker Harald Dudel, recorded during the Chicago Comedy Intensive in November 2010

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Happy Birthday, Andy Kaufman

Happy Birthday, Andy Kaufman

Andy Kaufman would have been 62 on Tuesday, January 17th. Never one to label himself a 'comedian,' Andy trail-blazed meta-comedy, almost daring his audience to get angry, or leave, as he read The Great Gatsby to them—in its entirety Andy was one of a kind. While...

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Interview- Part 1

  Being interviewed at the Chicago Comedy Intensive, November 2010 by Harald Dudel, editor of a German film magazine.

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Top Ten Comedy Movies

Sometimes at the end of one of my workshops or seminars, I’m asked, “What’s your favorite comedy?” I find that an almost impossible question to answer. How can I select just one? I love comedy, I love comedians, I love great writing—there are literally dozens I can...

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The Secrets to Writing a Successful Sitcom Spec

by Steve Kaplan You’re sitting in your living room, watching TV and thinking to yourself, “That’s not funny.  I can do better.” In fact you know you can do better.  In fact, you’ve got this great idea for this great new sitcom!  What is an aspiring sitcom writer to...

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