Acting Comedy

1st Edition

Christopher Olsen

Routledge
Published September 8, 2015
Reference - 170 Pages
ISBN 9781138891418 - CAT# Y181047

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Summary

Despite being roundly cited as much harder to perform than its dramatic counterpart, comic acting is traditionally seen as a performance genre that can’t be taught. At best it is often described as a skill that can only be learned "on the job" through years of practice, or given to a performer through natural talent.

Acting Comedy is an effort to examine this idea more rigorously by looking at different aspects of the comic actor’s craft. Each chapter is written by an expert in a particular form—from actors and directors to teachers and standup comedians. Topics covered include:

  • how performers work with audiences
  • how comic texts can be enhanced through word and musical rhythm analysis
  • how physical movements can generate comic moments and build character.

This book is an invaluable resource for any performer focusing on the minute details of comic acting, even down to exactly how one delivers a joke on stage. Christopher Olsen’s unique collection of comic voices will prove essential reading for students and professionals alike.

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