How to Write a Comedy Act Script

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To write a comedy act script, find out whether your jokes are funny, test out improv or script jokes on friends and family, and then write in the dialog and action for the script. Test out the material from a comedy script several times, and on different people, using advice from a writer, director and editor in this free video on writing comedy.

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Alright folks in this clip we're going to talk about how to write a comedy act script. I suppose it goes without saying that the keys to comedy are a sense of humor. Obviously you have to be able to reach people on that level and many of the great comedians will tell you that that is not necessarily an easy thing to do. For some people it does come more naturally than others, but first and foremost you need to find out whether it be the easy way or the hard way, whether you are a funny person. If you have the ability to create material that people laugh at, you probably already know this and are ready to move on to the next step. So when it comes to writing, a couple of different ways that you can kind get that going is if it really depends on your technique. I largely suggest whether you actually take the time to craft a script or to just shoot on the fly, try a great deal of improv and testing to kind of gauge people's reaction to the material that you're putting out there. Bring in a test audience of some of your friends and family. See what jokes land and then which ones fall flat on their face. That is key first and foremost to find the material that's going to get people going. When it comes to actually writing the material, you're going to want to sit down and write it just like any other script, honestly. If it's a sketch type of a situation, you write obviously what's happening in the sketch, kind of setup the gag, write in all the dialogue, bring in some performers, you're going to try it out and see how the words are playing off each other, again using that test audience could possibly work as well. Basically unlike a dramatic script, you're going to take time to really hone the jokes in this thing and bring in a fresh audience repeatedly to present it to because once certain people have heard it more than once, their ears start to become stale. So test the material over and over until you're sure that it's the best and the funniest that it can be. Lock it down at that point and I would say follow this routine or this strategy whenever you're trying to create material for your sketch comedy group.

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