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Steve Kaplan`s seminar "Sitcom and Hidden Tools of Comedy"

Steve Kaplan`s seminar "Sitcom and Hidden Tools of Comedy"
On May 31 seminar Steve Kaplan gathered in Kiev screenwriters, directors, editors, producers - professionals from leading TV channels, prodcos.

For almost 15 years, Steve Kaplan has been the industry’s most sought-after expert on comedy writing and production. In addition to having taught at UCLA, NYU, Yale and other top universities, Steve Kaplan created the HBO Workspace, the HBO New Writers Program and was co-founder and Artistic Director of Manhattan’s Punch Line Theatre.

In addition to teaching his class, Kaplan has served as a consultant to such companies as Dreamworks, Disney, HBO and others.

Steve’s former students have Written or Co-written

  • Ugly Betty
  • Big Love
  • Everybody Loves Raymond
  • Hairspray (with John Travolta)
  • Friends
  • Sex and the City

and many others

Steve’s former students have been nominated for:

  • 43 Emmy Awards
  • 6 WGA Awards
  • 3 Golden Globes
  • 1 Academy Award 

Whether you’re writing a comedy screenplay, working on a sitcom script, writing a spec script, or directing or producing a comedy, Steve Kaplan’s Comedy Seminar is a must for any serious professional. Find out why the top writers, producers and directors from ABC, Disney, Dreamworks, NBC, Paramount, Touchstone Television and others attend his famed class.

On May 31 seminar gatherd over 140 professionals -  screenwriters, directors, editors, producers  from leading TV channels, prodcos. Representatives of such companies as: Star Media, А Vision, Sisters Production, Friends Production, Postmodern, FILM.UA, Kvartal 95, UMH Group, CINEMOTION, Selena Films, Sputnik Vostok Production,  StarLightMedia, TV channels: 1+1, Ukraine, TET, U, First TV channel (Russia).

Steve Kaplan talked about the difficulties of creating comedy, many pitfalls and  writers' mistakes and the very nature of the ridiculous, clearly explained the difference between ridiculous and comical. Steve Kaplan gave his own knowledge of the Hidden Tools of Comedy, explaining their application examples from different years of American sitcoms. Also Steve announced his book, which goes on sale in July 2013.

"It is with great enthusiasm and excitement that I look forward to bringing my comedy writing classes to Kiev at the end of May. I've worked with many great comedic writers and artists in Hollywood and around the world over the past 30 years, and look forward to continuing that tradition in the Ukraine."  -  Steve Kaplan

Steve Kaplan’s Seminar – for the first time in Eastern Europe!

Steve Kaplan official site



8:30 - 9:30 Registation
09:30 - 11:00

A brief overview of the Philosophy of Comedy, the Comic Equation and the Hidden Tools of Comedy - Non-Hero and Seinfeld; Winning and Modern Family; Metaphorical Relation and Friends;

11:00 - 11:15 Coffe Break 
11:15 - 12:45 Traditional vs Contemporary Sitcoms—Multicamera (Everybody Loves Raymond) vs. Single Camera (Modern Family); Creating the Sitcom Premise—High Concept (Episodes), Workplace (The Office) Family (Everybody Loves Raymond
12:45 - 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 - 15:30 The Archetypical Characters of Sitcom—The Fixer; The Fool; The Father; The Foil; The Flirtation; Creating a Dynamic Cast of Characters (Everybody Loves RaymondThe Simpsons); Story, Structure, Set-ups and Punch Lines—deconstructing an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond
15:30 - 15:45 Cofee Break
15:45-17:15 The Writers Room—we'll take scenes from an unproduced sitcom script and run a virtual Writers Room; Dialogue Fixes; Runs; Set-ups; Punch Lines and Blow-Offs 
17:15 - 17:30

Final Q & A