How Comedy Sketches Work

In this blog I describe how the classic comedy sketch works. It is a form that has endured. You can hear examples from Peter Cook and Dudley Moore through to Monty Python, into Not the Nine O'Clock News to Mitchell & Webb, Catherine Tate, right up to more offbeat shows like Jam, Cowards and Cardinal Burns. A clash of points-of-view The classic sketch has a clash of perspectives. Essentially: * one character has a normal point-of-view - that we the audience understand and share. * and the other character has an abnormal, conflicting point-of-view (POV). The comedy comes from the clash of perspectives and watching the two characters dancing around each other, trying to get their way, both stu

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