Comedies

Writing Challenge: Inciting Incident

How do you rock your protagonist’s world without setting up your Act Two too quickly? That’s what we’re looking at today with the The Inciting Incident and the film “Being John Malkovich”.

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Election

Before Hilary and that other guy, before Leslie Knope and Bobby Newport, there was Tracy Flick v. everyone. When Election premiered in 1999 it was not a commercial hit, but garnered awards season attention and has since grown to cult status. Directed and co-written by Alexander Payne, the story is adapted from the book by […]

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Beetlejuice

It’s Halloween! I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan. As you know, I do not appreciate being scared and even something as hilarious as Beetlejuice is realllllly cutting it close for me in terms of comfort-ability. That doesn’t mean scary movies don’t have a structure worth studying though. While Beetlejuice may be from the […]

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Don’t Think Twice

In the past couple of years, the number of television and films centering on a world behind-the-scenes of comedy appears to have grown at a steep incline. Being a comedy nerd myself and having worked in the industry for several years, I love these projects but I always wonder if they resonate to anyone outside […]

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Florence Foster Jenkins

While most Oscar-hopeful films wait until the fall to enter the rat race, a few tend to pop up over the summer. They’re the movies that might get a few technical awards nominations, but usually win attention for one or two main acting roles in an otherwise enjoyable-but-predictable movie. This is exactly what Florence Foster […]

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That 70’s Show

A friend asked me over the weekend what my favorite three-camera sitcoms of all time are. I was supposed to narrow it down to my absolute favorite but I realized just how many amazing comedies have influenced me over the years. Obviously, shows like Cheers, I Love Lucy, Friends, and Seinfeld were tossed around and […]

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Another Period

There has been a push in period comedies in the last few years, with the History Channel even creating its own late night comedy on Thursday nights called “Night Class”. — It’s really good too. — To that end, if you’re looking for a way to fit into this quickly growing subgenre, Another Period is […]

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