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Comedy is often mistaken as being easy to write, act, and direct, but it may be one of the most difficult genres in which to work. In this brilliant FilmTalk, Steve Kaplan takes us on a journey into the hidden rolls of comedy to help us better understand what's funny.


  • 32:02 FilmTalk video
  • Q&A with Jason Tomaric
  • Illustrated companion guide


  • What is comedy and how does it differ from drama
  • Tools for writing comedy
  • How to understand the human condition and relate it to the audience
  • How to see the world from a comedic view
I am very impressed by the quality of the video that I have been watching. I will strongly recommend to my peers.”
   - Weimin Zhang,
       San Francisco State University