1st Edition

Performing in Comedy A Student's Guide

By Ian Wilkie Copyright 2016
    238 Pages
    by Routledge

    238 Pages
    by Routledge

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    Ian Wilkie contends that comic acting is a distinct art form, and as such demands a unique skillset. By exploring the ways in which performance choices and improvised moments can work in conjunction with texts themselves, Performing in Comedy offers an indispensable practical tool for enhancing comic performance.

    This volume is a must-read for any actors, directors or students who work with comic texts. Wilkie synthesises theories and principles of comedy with practical tips, and re-evaluates the ways in which these ideas can be used by the performer.

    Most importantly, these skills – timing, focus, awareness – are teachable rather than being innate talents. Exercises, interviews and guides to further resources enhance this comprehensive exploration of comic acting.

    1. Theories of Comedy

    2. Interplay and Intercommunication

    3. Ensemble and Group Work

    4. Rhythm, Tempo and Timing

    5. Working with Text and Comic Styles

    6. Working in Film and TV

    7. Advice from Practitioners


    Ian Wilkie is a tutor in post compulsory education at the Institute of Education, London, and a visiting lecturer at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. He is an editor for the Comedy Studies journal .