Monday, 9 October 2006

Why is That so Funny?

“There should be no subjects about which you cannot make jokes. The right to offend is far more important than any right not to be offended” Rowan Atkinson.

"To theatre practitioners the word mime is about as acceptable as paedophilia."

'Why is That so Funny' is a brilliant book by an excellent theatre practitioner called John Wright, I can't recommend it enough to anyone with a passion for physical comedy and the exploration of genuine clowning and its uses in contemporary theatre.

John Wright is one of the first writers to de-mystify the skill of comedy and dispel much of the hocum around the art, that many think cannot be taught. His idiot proof approach and incredibly accessible exercises enable the user to approach areas such as comedy timing and develop techniques to quite simply, become funnier.

The section on clowning is worth the cost of the book alone and has inspired me to purchase 10 red noses in a bid to transform myself into a very tall clown with big hair.

I'll let you know how that goes...


  1. How cool is that??? Oooh! And I get firsties! Anyway, the book sounds interesting. I'll look for it!

  2. Didn't know I needed the nose to be a tall redheaded clown...


  3. I agree with the mime quote. They are very difficult to watch. Have fun with the noses!

  4. Now that would call for a double take with a comic stop!! eh? eh? See? Im learning!! :-) x

  5. You would not believe how much social havoc a man wearing ugg boots causes!! ha ha!

  6. I ain't to keen on clowns.I find um a bit disturbing.


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