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The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting & Writing

The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting & Writing
Your Price: $31.95 CDN
Author: Scott Sedita
Publisher: Atides Publishing
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 326
Pub. Date: 2014
Edition: 2nd
ISBN-10: 0977064123
ISBN-13: 9780977064120
About the Book:

The Eight Characters of Comedy is the "How-To" guide for actors and writers who want to break into the world of sitcoms. It has become a staple in acting classes, writers' rooms, casting offices and production sets around the world. Now, in it's exciting Second Edition, renowned acting coach and bestselling author Scott Sedita gives you even MORE advice and exercises for breaking down comedy scripts, writing jokes and delivering them with comedic precision. Plus, you'll find in-depth sections on Sitcom History, The Three Pillars of Comedy, Auditioning for Sitcoms, and his acclaimed comedic technique "The Sedita Method". 

Most importantly, you will be introduced to his famous sitcom character archetypes, which will help you build your niche in half-hour comedy...The Eight Characters of Comedy. Who is normally cast as The Logical Smart One? Why do we love The Lovable Loser? Why is The Neurotic a favourite for actors and writers? How do you play The Dumb One smart? Who are the biggest Bitch/Bastards? What drives The Materialistic Ones? Why is The Womanizer/Manizer so popular? How can you realistically write and play someone In Their Own Universe? The Eight Characters of Comedy answers all these questions and more, with UPDATED EXAMPLES from current and classic sitcoms, and from many of the greatest sitcom characters and actors of all time. After reading this book, you WILL be ready to work in the exciting world of situation comedy!

What people say:

"Every actor auditioning for sitcoms should read The Eight Characters of Comedy!" - Collin Daniel, Casting Director on Superstore and The Odd Couple

"Scott Sedita's keen insight and analysis of The Eight Characters of Comedy is amazing! There has never been anything like this in print before. AND IT WORKS! I have seen his acting students create wonderful characters from this astute understanding of sitcom characters." — Mary Lou Belli, Emmy-Award Winning Sitcom Director

"In sitcom casting, the guy who gets the most laughs wins. Understanding how to build realistic, complex, yet funny characters is vital to getting those critical laughs in the room. Scott's unique and fascinating book is a fun starting point for any actor or writer hoping to break into comedy." — Patrick Baca, CSA, Board of Governors, Casting Society of America

About the Author:

Scott Sedita has years of experience, both in New York and Los Angeles, as a talent agent, casting director, writer and sitcom consultant. He has worked with many of today's most successful television and film actors and continues to groom future stars through his acclaimed Scott Sedita Acting Studios. 

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