Author Archives: Tim

Narrative Comedy Themes

By | September 9, 2018

[Excerpt from The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy] Every TV comedy needs a theme or what is known in feature-film development as a ‘controlling idea’. This inspires a show’s moral framework, the subtextual message that drives the show. Once you’ve had some initial thoughts about a project, take the time to identify its overarching […]

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The Principles of Comedy

By | July 1, 2018

[Excerpt from ‘The Cheeky Monkey – Writing Narrative Comedy’ – Currency Press] For as long as it’s been recorded (the earliest satires date back to ancient Greece), comedy has been comprised of a range of elements and principles that have not changed. Comedy may have a thousand skins but its bones remain the same. Just […]

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