Tools for Comedy—A Pragmatic Definition

Last time I talked about the rules for playing comedy, then hedged my bets with an epigraph from Pirates of the Caribbean. The truth is, there aren’t rules as such. Rules imply that if you break them, you’re doing something wrong, but comedy is pretty pragmatic. Funny is funny, whether you do it “right” or […]

Rules for Playing Comedy: Choose Funny [1]

“… the code is more what you’d call ‘guidelines’ than actual rules.”—Geoffrey Rush,Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl A bit of common, but terrible, advice I see on playing comedy is to treat it the same as drama. There’s a grain of truth in that, but it’s a grain that’s embedded […]