Art of the Laugh gives readers an inside look at the process and
philosophies that have been
used to create some of the most innovative sketch comedy in America.
Written by John Sweeney, owner of the Brave New Workshop (BNW) Comedy
Theatre, this handbook shares the creative process used by the theatre
to write and perform originally scripted sketch comedy for over 45
years. Revealing the BNW's eight
of improvisation, along with the
detailed process of idea generation, scripting, rehearsal, and performance,
this text acts as a road map to immediately improve your skills as
a writer, director, or performer. Developed from - and as part of the
curriculum for the theatre's school, the Brave New Institute - this
handbook also contains a CD with sample scripts, audio performances
and worksheets to aid the reader.
The files included on this site are:
If you're interested in taking classes at the Brave New Institute (the organization highlighted in The Art of the Laugh), then please visit the company's website at http://www.bravenewinstitute.org.
you'd like to see how this process has been used for more than 45 years
to write sketch comedy, visit the theatre that practices what it teaches
- the Brave New Workshop Comedy Theatre at 2605 Hennepin Avenue in
Minneapolis. The web site with current show listings can be viewed