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Highlights

The Comedy Intensive is a two-day course that explores the hidden tools and principles of comedy: what it is, how it works, why it works, what’s happening when it’s not working and what you can do to fix it, and offers proven and practical methods and techniques. 

On Day 1, we explore the Hidden Tools–useable, practical tools that you can apply immediately to your work. Day 2 focuses on character, structure, comic premise and specific ways of applying the tools to text. 

The workshop covers includes interactive exercises, solo and group writing activities, as well as a liberal use of clips from current and classic comedies to illustrate our points and principles.

This class is ideal for: 

  • Screenwriters
  • TV Writers
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Actors
  • Creative Executives 
In this class, you will be able to:
  • Cover story ideas, formats and approaches to different styles of comedy
  • Reveal and understand comedy from the inside out
Course Outline:

I. Premise

The Art and Science of Comedy

a) Introduction and Overview
b) Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard
c) Comedy Perception Test – Are you seeing 20/20?
d) Funny vs. Comic – The difference
e) The Comedy Equation

II. Set-up

The Hidden Tools of Comedy

a) Winning
b) Non-Hero
c) Metaphorical Relationships
d) Positive (and Negative) Actions
e) Active Emotion
f) Straight Line/Wavy Line
g) Four Elements of Jokes
h) The Tools Applied
g) Learn how to use these essential tools in your work

III. Development

Comedy Practicum

a) Entire History of Comedy…in 15 minutes.
b) Comedy Archetypes
c) Comic Premise—The Lie That Tells the Truth
d) Developing the Comic Premise
e) The Comedy Paradigm

IV. Payoff

Structure and Development

a) The Comic Hero’s Journey
b) Art of Romantic Comedy
c) Sitcoms & Pilots
d) Final Q&A

Notes:
  • No taping or recording of the seminar is allowed.
  • A list of local restaurants will be made available at the event.
  • Lap tops permitted only if they do not disturb other students.
  • Please arrive one hour before the seminar to sign-in and get your materials.

Class Starting Saturday, March 07

2 sessions

  • Saturday, March 07, 9:30AM- 5:00PM
  • Sunday, March 08, 10:00AM- 5:00PM

The class identified is made available through CourseHorse, a 3rd party marketplace for Comedy classes and more. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the merchant, Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive - LA, in connection with this offer. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to CourseHorse will be directed back to Groupon.

What You'll Get

The Comedy Intensive is a two-day course that explores the hidden tools and principles of comedy: what it is, how it works, why it works, what’s happening when it’s not working and what you can do to fix it, and offers proven and practical methods and techniques. 

On Day 1, we explore the Hidden Tools–useable, practical tools that you can apply immediately to your work. Day 2 focuses on character, structure, comic premise and specific ways of applying the tools to text. 

The workshop covers includes interactive exercises, solo and group writing activities, as well as a liberal use of clips from current and classic comedies to illustrate our points and principles.

This class is ideal for: 

  • Screenwriters
  • TV Writers
  • Directors
  • Producers
  • Actors
  • Creative Executives 
In this class, you will be able to:
  • Cover story ideas, formats and approaches to different styles of comedy
  • Reveal and understand comedy from the inside out
Course Outline:

I. Premise

The Art and Science of Comedy

a) Introduction and Overview
b) Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard
c) Comedy Perception Test – Are you seeing 20/20?
d) Funny vs. Comic – The difference
e) The Comedy Equation

II. Set-up

The Hidden Tools of Comedy

a) Winning
b) Non-Hero
c) Metaphorical Relationships
d) Positive (and Negative) Actions
e) Active Emotion
f) Straight Line/Wavy Line
g) Four Elements of Jokes
h) The Tools Applied
g) Learn how to use these essential tools in your work

III. Development

Comedy Practicum

a) Entire History of Comedy…in 15 minutes.
b) Comedy Archetypes
c) Comic Premise—The Lie That Tells the Truth
d) Developing the Comic Premise
e) The Comedy Paradigm

IV. Payoff

Structure and Development

a) The Comic Hero’s Journey
b) Art of Romantic Comedy
c) Sitcoms & Pilots
d) Final Q&A

Notes:
  • No taping or recording of the seminar is allowed.
  • A list of local restaurants will be made available at the event.
  • Lap tops permitted only if they do not disturb other students.
  • Please arrive one hour before the seminar to sign-in and get your materials.

Class Starting Saturday, March 07

2 sessions

  • Saturday, March 07, 9:30AM- 5:00PM
  • Sunday, March 08, 10:00AM- 5:00PM

The class identified is made available through CourseHorse, a 3rd party marketplace for Comedy classes and more. Groupon is not affiliated with or sponsored by the merchant, Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive - LA, in connection with this offer. Please contact Groupon customer service for all inquiries related to this offer. Inquiries placed to CourseHorse will be directed back to Groupon.

The Fine Print

Promotional value expires Mar 8, 2020.

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  • Must be 18 or older to attend
  • Voucher valid only for date and time listed; may not be exchanged, altered, or redeemed for other dates, but may send a friend in place.
  • Must present CourseHorse confirmation email upon arrival.
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  • Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.
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  • Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services. Offer is not eligible for our promo codes or other discounts.

Steve Kaplan's Comedy Intensive - LA

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