What Are You Laughing At ?


Dan O'Shannon

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What Are You Laughing At?: A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event Paperback – Illustrated, July 5, 2012

If you’re looking for a book that will teach you how to write comedy, we suggest you keep moving. You still have time to pick up a copy of Writing Big Yucks for Big Bucks before the store closes. However, if you want to understand the bigger picture — what is comedy, why do we respond to it the way we do — then you’ve come to the right place.
What Are You Laughing At? presents an entirely new approach to comedy theory. It challenges long-held beliefs and shows how the three main theories of comedy (incongruity, superiority, and relief) are not in conflict; but rather, work as parts of a larger model. There are many examples pulled from the author’s own experiences, writing for shows such as Cheers, Frasier, and Modern Family. By the end, you’ll have an understanding of just what happens when man meets comedy. It will change the way you hear laughter.

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About the Author

Dan O’Shannon is currently co-executive producer for the ABC show Modern Family, previously working on other Emmy nominated shows such as Frasier and Cheers. O’Shannon has also lectured in classes at UCLA, USC, and taught a course on writing at Cleveland State University, where he holds an honorary doctorate.

Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Continuum; Illustrated edition (July 5, 2012)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 272 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1441162933
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1441162939
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 14.9 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 6 x 0.66 x 9 inches

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