Master Class Archive: Comedy Writing for Television

Live Online Learning

The entertainment industry adage goes that comedy is the hardest genre to write. This three-hour, live, online master class with a celebrated comedy writer of TV and films revealed the creative process of crafting scripts that engage audiences with humor and pathos. The class focused on how to develop memorable characters, a strong story at the core of your screenplay and how to create successful comedic setups and payoffs.

Topics presented included:

  • Determining what genre of comedy works for your voice and story
  • Developing memorable characters
  • Writing comedic dialogue vs. writing comedic action
  • Creating successful setups and payoffs
  • Testing your material with audiences
  • Finding collaborators