The Eight Characters of Comedy by Scott Sedita


A Guide To Sitcom Acting & Writing…

The Eight Characters of Comedy is the definitive, “How-To” guide for actors and writers who want to break into the world of sitcoms. It has become a staple in acting classes, writers’ rooms, casting offices and production sets around the world. It is also read by television networks and studios, and is used as a textbook in over 80 colleges and universities.

Now, in it’s exciting second edition, renowned acting coach and bestselling author Scott Sedita gives you even more advice and exercises for breaking down comedy scripts, writing jokes and delivering them with comedic precision.

Plus, you’ll find in-depth sections on Sitcom History, The Three Pillars of Comedy, Auditioning for Sitcoms and Scott’s acclaimed comedic technique The Sedita Method!

Most importantly, you will be introduced to Scott’s famous sitcom character archetypes, The Eight Characters of Comedy, which will help you find and build your niche in half-hour television.

Who is normally cast as The Logical Smart One? Why do we love The Lovable Loser? Why is The Neurotic a favorite for actors and writers? How do you play The Dumb One smart? Who are the biggest Bitch/Bastards? What drives The Materialistic Ones? Why is The Womanizer/Manizer so popular? How can you realistically write and play someone In Their Own Universe?

The Eight Characters of Comedy answers all these questions and more, with updated examples from current and classic sitcoms, and from many of the greatest sitcom characters and actors of all time!

After reading this book, you will be ready to work in the exciting world of situation comedy!

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2 reviews for The Eight Characters of Comedy by Scott Sedita

  1. Mapuana

    Scott Sedita’s book “The Eight Characters of Comedy” Is SO GOOD!!! It breaks down and distills comedy in a way that is approachable, smart, and so much fun. I plan to take one of Scott’s classes when I am back in LA. Thank you for this book, thank you, thank you!

  2. Mitchell Roy

    I own a copy of the “first edition” of this book. I studied at the studio sometime back in 2009 or 2010. This book is definitely worth your time. I am sorry it took me this long to finally write a review (LOL), but since I plan on coming back to the studio soon to freshen up after all these years, I figured I would give you my three cents worth. The book is very clearly written and is easy to follow. It gives great explanations about techniques with examples from modern sitcoms and also some not so modern ones. It will help you clearly define what type of person you are naturally, thus allowing you to focus on auditions for that type of character and not the characters you are not right for. This will save you alot of time in the future even if you just read this book once.

    So for all you current and/or future students thinking of attending the studio to study comedy, READ THIS BOOK.

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