Comedy at it’s simplest: Man verses gravity

20 05 2011


We all remember those old movies & cartoons where the characters ends up in the air, and starts falling to earth with that typical whistling sound. Or something falls on them, like a Grand piano.
Actually, comedy seemed to involve a lot of falling. And it never gets old, dispute how sophisticated comedy can be. If fact, a lot of comedy happens when the physical meets physics. Once you get anything moving or balancing, then things fall in a heap.
In comedy, there are many forms of falling: The rise & fall in a characters expectations, progress or circumstances. If you look at the effect of gravity on a situation or story, you open up the range of possibilities that your story can go.
I’m not a comic script writer but if I wanted to be one, I would probably explore how ‘gravity’ can play with a characters hopes & intensions.
It’s always funny to see someone who’s at war with gravity.

(For the comedy & Comedians series)
Note: I’m not a Comedian but I wanted to understand what makes good comedy work. So I hope this will help inspire aspiring comedians (& communicators) to develop this very creative craft.
-Your comments are very welcome.

Steve writes & coaches about Creative & Career Development
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