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When you think about comedy, what comes to mind?  Slapstick, jokes, laughing?  Well, comedy is much deeper and is a reflection on who we are as humans. In this FilmTalk, accomplished comedian Steve Kaplan provides shocking insight into comedy and how it relates to the human condition.


  • 29:36 video
  • Q&A with Jason Tomaric
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • What is comedy
  • How to define "funny"
  • How to approach comedy as an actor, director, or writer
  • How comedy reflects truth and human nature
  • The difference between comedy and drama
 "Jason proves that top-notch production values are within the reach of anyone who has ever dreamt of making his own movie. You’ll learn far more about filmmaking with this practical, thorough and meticulously organized site than you ever will watching "Project Greenlight." Jason knows what he’s talking about, because he’s actually done it!"
   - Steve Skrovan, Executive Producer,
         Everybody Loves Raymond