THE SLAVES OF COMEDY

TAristotle (Poetics) said ‘Comedy is an imitation of characters of a lower type – however, not in the sense of the word “bad” … it consists in some defect or ugliness which is not painful or destructive. To take an obvious example, the comic mask is ugly and distorted, but does not imply pain.’ Comic…

COMIC ARCHETYPES & THE SEED OF CHARACTER

To avoid comic archetypes becoming stereotypes or clichés, place them in a fresh identity and setting of your own devising. Stanley Kubrik’s Dr Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb is widely regarded as a breakthrough in cinema satire. The story concerns the US President’s attempts to save the world…