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What Are You Laughing At?: A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event (Continuum)
Attention comedy fans and comedy writer! Modern Family writer and executive producer Dan O'Shannon will discuss and sign his book What Are You Laughing At?, a fascinating new approach to comedy.
"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!" -- Ken Levine, Writer/producer MASH and The Simpsons
Dan O'Shannon sold his first sitcom script in 1985. As a writer and producer, he has made significant contributions to some of the most acclaimed network comedies of the past 25 years such as Newhart, Cheers, and Frasier. Currently, he is an executive producer and writer of the ABC show Modern Family. His various awards include but are not limited to 3 Emmys, 2 Golden Globes, 5 WGA awards and an Academy Award nomination. O'Shannon has also lectured in classes at UCLA, USC, and taught a course on writing at Cleveland State University, where he hold an honorary doctorate.
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
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.