Synopses & Reviews
Dying is easy, comedy is hard. So keep your comedy blockbuster alive and well and buy this book. Comedy has always been the backbone of the film business. In an age of sequels and brand-name movies based on established properties, the original comedy screenplay still delivers high profits. Writing the Comedy Blockbuster guides the writer as they learn what goes into writing the next comedy classic.
About the Author
Keith Giglio grew up in New York City in a family that felt like the cast of a Woody Allen movie. His love of film comedy began at an early age. After graduating New York Universitys Tisch School of the Arts, Graduate School of Film and Television, Keith moved to Los Angeles because he didnt want to miss the riot. He began writing with his wife, Juliet, and they sold their first four scripts. He is a member of the Writers Guild of America and has had 6½ movies produced and many more optioned. In addition to writing and producing, Keith teaches screenwriting at UCLA Extension and New York Film Academy.
Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS
Foreplay or How Tina Fey can kick Bruce Willis ass
What is a comedy blockbuster?
How to bust a gut or Comedy College 101
A criminally brief history of film comedy
The comedic idea
The importance of being inappropriate a.k.a. The blues brothers are not role models
The comedic logline a.k.a. The pitch
A fools journey a.k.a. I know a guy just like that
The rock and roll school of screenwriting
The R-rated comedy
The eight comic sequences
Comic sequence A: a.k.a. Well begun is half done
Sequence B: Setting up the inappropriate goal a.k.a. “youre going to do what?” or why crashing a wedding is a good idea!
Sequence C: The mad, mad, mad world a.k.a. Sometimes girls throw up on you
Sequence D: It just keeps getting worse a.k.a. How much pain can Ben Stiller take?
Sequence E: Love is in the air a.k.a. Why Andy chooses love over sex
Sequence F: What was I thinking? a.k.a. Yes, Im a liar but…
Sequence G: Time to grow up a.k.a. Why are Ashton and Natalie so sad even though they said “no strings attached”
Sequence H: The new me a.k.a. Why Ben Stiller, Jim Carrey, Hugh Grant, Natalie Portman are running at the end of the movie
Funny is Money