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What Are You Laughing At? A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event

At a Glance

  • Understand the concept of what makes something funny
  • Discover what makes comedy work
  • Dan O'Shannon shares his insider knowledge of the world of comedy

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.

"As hard as it would be to define 'the meaning of life', defining 'comedy' is harder. And somehow Dan O'Shannon does it in his insightful, comprehensive, and funny new book, What Are You Laughing At?: A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event. I've been writing humor for 35 years and I learned stuff! If you're planning on a career in comedy all you will need is this book and a rubber chicken." - Ken Levine, writer/producer, MASH and The Simpsons

Product Details

  • Date available: 01/30/2013
  • Publication date: 07/05/2012
  • Return policy: 30 days

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Meet the Author: Dan O'Shannon

Dan O'Shannon is currently co-executive producer for the ABC show Modern Family, previously working on other Emmy nominated shows such as Fraiser 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. 

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