Comedy Intensive Workshop with Steve Kaplan

This 2-day comedy writing intensive workshop from a Los Angeles film and television veteran offers proven and practical methods and principles that help you reveal and understand comedy from the inside out. Steve Kaplan has served as a consultant to such companies as Dreamworks, Disney and HBO and he’s coming to Raindance Toronto. From the […]

Comedy Intensive Workshop with Steve Kaplan
February 7, 2015
February 8, 2015
10:00am to 5:00pm
Raindance Toronto
Steve Kaplan
Raindance Toronto
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276 Carlaw Ave. Suite 222, Toronto, ON, M$M 3L1, Canada

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The course covers story ideas, formats, approaches to different styles of comedy, the construction of sitcoms and films and more. In addition to the taught material (see below), help and constructive criticism will be offered. You will have the opportunity to discuss videos clips (shown during class) and real scripts and screenplays.

I. Premise


a) Introduction and Overview
b) Dying is Easy, Comedy is Hard
c) Comedy Perception Test - Are you seeing 20/20?
d) Funny vs. Comic - The difference
e) The Comedy Equation

Steve Kaplan


a) Script Analysis (TV and Film)
b) Clips from classic and current comedy TV shows and films demonstrating the principles and tools of Comedy
c) Exercises and demonstrations of comedy principles
d) Final Q&A

Steve Kaplan



Day 2. Morning
a. Straight/Wavy Writing Exercise
b. Comedy Archetypes
c. Comic Premise—The Lie That Tells the Truth
d. Developing the Comic Premise
Day 2. Afternoon
a. Comedy Screenplay Structure
b. The Art of Romantic Comedy
c. Sitcoms & Pilots
d. Final Q&A


Sunday also includes:  a)  Script Analysis b)  The Annotated Groundhog Day  c) Final Q & A

Here's What They're Saying About Steve Kaplan

"I loved it. It was informative as much as entertaining. Mr. Steve, you are fuuuunnnyy."  -  Michael M., Toronto

About Steve Kaplan

For almost 20 years, Steve Kaplan has been the industry's most respected and sought-after expert on comedy. The artists he's taught, directed or produced have gone on to be nominated for 43 Emmy Awards, 1 Academy Award, 3 Golden Globe Awards, 1 American Comedy Award, 6 Writers' Guild of America Awards and several others. (They've WON 10 Emmys, 1 Oscar, 2 WGA Awards and the American Comedy Award.) In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre.

In New York, Steve was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan Punch Line Theatre, where he developed writers such as David Ives (All in the Timing), Howard Korder (Boys Life, Boardwalk Empire)Peter Tolan (Analyze This, Rescue Me), writer and producer David Crane (Friends), writer/producer Tracy Poust (Ugly Betty, Will & Grace), Michael Patrick King (The Comeback, Sex and The City, Will & Grace), Steve Skrovan (Everybody Loves Raymond), and Mark O'Donnell(Hairspray) and introduced such performers as Lewis Black, Nathan Lane, John Leguizamo, Mercedes Ruehl and Oliver Platt.

Read more about Steve Kaplan here

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