British Comedy Guide

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Sunday 9th August 2020, 6:19am [Edited]
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Quote: Alfred J Kipper @ 9th August 2020, 12:25 AM

That was an excellent lesson, how much do I owe you?

Thanks Alf, that'll be 10/-. I presume you know what that is. :D

It's a lot of work to get those all posted and I was flagging a bit with what seemed lukewarm response, so you've given me encouragement to carry on. :)

I hope to get Lesson One posted by this weekend, so I hope you are all (?) paying attention.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 15th August 2020, 6:06am
  • England
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OK, serious business now, with Lesson One, so quiet in class................

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...........And here's your homework

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Sunday 16th August 2020, 9:43am
  • Aldershot, England
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Yes I am, I'm just trying to keep quiet about it in case you send me a bill.

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Alfred J Kipper

  • Sunday 16th August 2020, 10:15am [Edited]
  • Aldershot, England
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The first few sub lessons are very relevant still to sitcom writers. The others are more general to any sort of writer and the scope of the whole course seems very wide, but they are right to do it as very few writers specialise in one form only.

Obviously the advances in IT have made some of it look quaintly obsolete but this was done just before the big advances came in from Microsoft, I think. It looks to me like it's done on a word processor, but in 92 I was using an electric typewriter which I loved, the feel of writing on a proper machine that whirred and dinged and the fact you had to load paper sheets into it fairly carefully was half the fun of writing.

Today's silent keyboard tapping into a laptop which then arranges everything for you is a lot handier, I know, but it does lack the old tactility and rigmarole of proper writing, with dictionaries and reference books and tippex and paper clips and the whole lot. I'm glad I learnt that way, as hard as it was, it made you really learn your craft.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Sunday 16th August 2020, 10:32am
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Quote: Alfred J Kipper @ 16th August 2020, 9:43 AM

Yes I am, I'm just trying to keep quiet about it in case you send me a bill.

Thanks Alf, seems it's only you then, and at the 10 bob I quoted you, a bargain methinks. Cool

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Stephen Goodlad

  • Sunday 16th August 2020, 7:03pm
  • Mirfield, England
  • 3,608 posts

No ya wrong.
I've read em too.
I compare them to the correspondence course I took from The Writers Bureau.

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john tregorran

  • Sunday 16th August 2020, 10:45pm
  • mornington,victoria, Australia
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Me too.Waste of time for me though.I can't think of anything original.
I remember seeing a video where Johnny Speight and Marty Feldman had a disagreement over writing comedy.Marty said you had to write it to please your audience but Johnny insisted you did it to make yourself laugh.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Sunday 16th August 2020, 11:03pm
  • England
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Quote: john tregorran @ 16th August 2020, 10:45 PM

I remember seeing a video where Johnny Speight and Marty Feldman had a disagreement over writing comedy.Marty said you had to write it to please your audience but Johnny insisted you did it to make yourself laugh.

Yes, I remember that. There were some other writers there too (they were all sitting in a semi circle) and it got quite heated between the two of them.

Nice to know others are reading. :)

Quote: Stephen Goodlad @ 16th August 2020, 7:03 PM

No ya wrong.
I've read em too.
I compare them to the correspondence course I took from The Writers Bureau.

Thanks Stephen. :)

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Stephen Goodlad

  • Monday 17th August 2020, 8:27am
  • Mirfield, England
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Unlike other forums, this one has no 'view' count so it's impossible to know how many people are looking at any posts.
It's a handy thing to know if you are being read.

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Monday 17th August 2020, 8:38am
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Quote: Stephen Goodlad @ 17th August 2020, 8:27 AM

Unlike other forums, this one has no 'view' count so it's impossible to know how many people are looking at any posts.
It's a handy thing to know if you are being read.

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Hmm, very interesting - I'll re-post to Aaron. Thank you. :D

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Aaron

  • Wednesday 19th August 2020, 11:35am
  • Royal Berkshire, England
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This is proving a very interesting thread, Herc. Please do continue posting!

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Hercules Grytpype Thynne

  • Saturday 22nd August 2020, 6:04am [Edited]
  • England
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LESSON TWO

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"THE GREAT TART ROBBERY" NB It's as it was sent to me, that is it is only part of a script starting at page 23

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HOMEWORK

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john tregorran

  • Saturday 22nd August 2020, 7:13am
  • mornington,victoria, Australia
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They mention Jack Benny.Lots of his radio shows on youtube.I'm not saying it's as good as Hancock but it comes quite close :)