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Micheál Jacob

Getting It On - Writing and producing television comedy

Getting It On - Writing and producing television comedy

Getting It On - Writing and producing television comedy is a brand new book written by former BBC comedy executive, Micheál Jacob.

"I can think of very few people in the world better qualified to write about the art, craft and sheer hard slog of making comedy than Micheál Jacob. He has done it himself professionally - more than most people who write such books - and got the best out of others who do it on TV and elsewhere. You are in the presence of one of the best." - Jon Plowman

Getting It On is a concise guide to the world of television comedy. Drawing on the author's wealth of experience in script development, production and teaching, the book is intended both for writers, and for people who work with them.

The first part explores the historical foundations of sitcom, advises on how to approach writing, and looks at different ways to create and develop characters and situations. A section on structure is followed by detailed analyses of five comedies in different styles, ranging from farce to mock documentary to audience sitcom, examining the method of each show and how characters work in stories.

A section on sketch comedy is followed by an insider's view of how scripts are produced, from initial idea to series commission. It demystifies the processes that are common across the television industry, illustrated by the writer's experiences of the good, the bad, and the whimsical, covering both single camera and audience sitcom, and working with actors.

A final section offers advice on how to develop a career, as a writer, and in production.

First published: Monday 2nd December 2013

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