Top tips for aspiring comedy playwrights

Producing an original comedy play can be a challenging but also exciting task and we’ve put together our list of top tips to help you on your way.

• Make yourself laugh
If you can’t make yourself laugh then who can you make laugh?! Comedy is a very subjective genre and trying to please everyone can be difficult and can sometimes come across as being forced. Try breaking it down and focus on yourself, write what makes you laugh instead of what you think people will find funny.

• Do what works for you
You may be the type of person who loves to have a definite plan and be organised or you may prefer to be free. When it comes to comedy playwriting there is no right or wrong way to do it, simply do what works best for you.

• Keep reminding yourself of what your play is about
Once you’re in the flow of writing it can be easy to stray from your storyline. Try summarising your play in a sentence or two and each time you sit down to write have a quick glance at it. This should help you to stay focused when you’re scribbling away!

• Write, write, write…
No matter how good or how bad you think your words are, get them down on paper! Not only will this help you to get into a habit of writing but it will also make it easier when you’re re-drafting your script. So write, write and write!

• Read your play aloud to yourself
A play on paper can sound very different to when it’s read out loud. So it’s important that you keep reading your play aloud to check its sounding as you want it and of course to see if it’s making you laugh!

• Get feedback
An important part of comedy playwriting is to get regular feedback from outside sources. Try getting a group of your friends together and have them read your script aloud, this will help you to get a better sense of the pace and the story and it’s a great excuse for a social gathering!

• Believe in yourself
For some of you, this may be your first attempt at writing a play and it can often be a daunting experience. But the key to success is believing in yourself and believing that you have the ability to write a brilliant comedy play.

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