Writers Quote Wednesday Comedy

One of my favorite movies of all time is the 1982 comedy, My Favorite Year. Film legend, Peter O’ Toole plays a washed up swashbuckling actor, Alan Swann, who needs money, so he accepts a guest spot on a television comedy variety show. Hollywood newcomer, Mark Linn-Baker is the enterprising junior comedy writer, Benjy Stone, who idolizes Swann and works himself silly to keep Swann on the straight and narrow. Side note here, this is LIVE television and Swann is not used to having to get it right, the first time. There are some heavy hitters in this movie and their comedic timing is impeccable.

“Screams, I guarantee you, screams”

At one point in the film, Swann sums up his philosophy on going from the world of drama to this television program, by quoting the great Shakespearean actor, Edmund Kean. On his deathbed, Kean is rumored to have said,

Dying is easy, comedy is hard

 Over the years, I found being an actress in local community theatres to be most rewarding. I did my share of drama, won awards and worked with some terrific people. But the comedies were definitely more taxing!  We had to sync our timing, keep the energy flowing and remember where we were when we had to “hold” for laughs. If we “broke character” we could have ruined the entire production. If you didn’t do it right, then you absolutely DIED on the VINE!

Smiling and laughter

Comedy’s side benefits

Earned through sweat and tears

©2016 Annette Rochelle Aben

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#WQWWC Theme is “Comedy”! Cathartic or Tragic? Yes.

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19 responses to “Writers Quote Wednesday Comedy

  1. I would love to have seen you performances in comedies. I’ve not seen “My Favorite Year” but plan to do so soon based on your post. Thank you!

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  2. I wouldn’t be able to keep a straight face! LOL! You must have been amazing in theater. Have a perfect week. This editing is killing me, but I am staying with it. Hope to have something for you to beta read soon. ❤

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  3. Every kind of work needs a die heart dedication to get 101/100. Nice article

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  4. You are correct, your quote fits perfectly, comedy/humour is harder than straight forward character acting which is bloody hard. Timing and flow are everything. I would have liked to have been in the back row watching you perform. 😇

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  5. I agree, comedy is very hard. I think that is why most comedians are brilliant people.

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  6. My pleasure. Looking forward to reading more.

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  8. Hi Annette! I’ve always known that being funny is hard work. I so admire those few people that are natural comedians. You’re a very amusing and entertaining person, so I can see how you’d be an award winning actor in the theater. Your haiku is both good and true. 🙂 xx

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