EP116 – Steve Kaplan – The Comic Hero’s Journey.

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EP116 – Steve Kaplan – The Comic Hero’s Journey.


Total run time: 1 hour 27 mins 16 secs.

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About this episode…

Steve Kaplan is one of the industry’s most respected experts on comedy. He’s consulted on projects with DreamWorks, Disney, Aardman Animation, HBO and more as well as directed shows which have won Emmy’s Academy Awards, Golden Globes and more! He’s written two books, the most recent is the Comic Hero’s Journey.

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In this podcast we talked about…

  • His history and why he started to believe comedy would save his life. [0 mins]
  • Do you find teaching comedy means that the students follow a formula? How do you help them break that? [9 mins 42 secs]
  • I think there’s a formula for writing jokes, but not telling them. What do you think? [11 mins]
  • The difference between the hero’s journey and the comedian’s journey. [20 mins]
  • Why he set up the writers room. [25 mins]
  • How to fix characters that aren’t working.
  • How to ask “what would this character do” and developing their relationship with the world.
  • How do you not take over someone else’s idea when you’re working on it? [37 mins]
  • How does format change how you edit / script edit a show? [49 mins]







Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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