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PAST 240 Writing Comedy for TV

This course introduces students to writing for the world of TV comedy: late night, sketch, episode, and 30-minute serial comedy. Students begin with a study of the basic principles and devices of comedy and how they function in these different genres. Next, they explore various forms of TV/web comedy, learning the structures and key elements of the 30-minute TV episodic show, the comedic episode, and late-night/sketch comedy. In addition to analyzing examples of these, students choose from all comedic TV/web forms covered and write 25-30 pages of comedic material suitable tor broadcast media. Collaborative writing in pairs or teams is encouraged.


2 credits