Introducing SREP: set-up, reveal, escalation, payoff

Smack The Pony. Doon Mackichan. Copyright: Talkback Productions

In this exclusive extract for BCG Pro subscribers from Chapter 5 of my book Creating Comedy Narratives for Stage & Screen, I discuss my model of how sketches, scenes and routines unfold: SREP, or set-up, reveal, escalation, payoff. I know how helpful this structure is from years of working with it with writers of all kinds.

The extract follows Chapter 4 where I discuss comedy games and worlds - and Monty Python fans note that Chapter 4 features an exclusive look into the Michael Palin archive at the British Library where we examine and discuss original, handwritten Monty Python scripts!

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