Did you take comedic acting or writing in school? Was there a lot of time devoted to the whole set-up/punchline paradigm, or dissection of the Rule of Three?
Yeah. Important stuff, all, but we don't think things are going to get too scholarly at the Comedy ShortsLab:LA, which will be presented by Sundance Institute at the Silent Movie Theatre on Saturday, Aug. 6. Well. We're not going to say the tenets of ha-ha won't be on the table, but given the star wattage of the participants, we'll wager a lot of the focus will be on their technique, take, and what they're bringing to this particular table.
The delightful Julie Delpy is on the line-up, as is Bobcat Goldthwait and Mike White. Mike White! Of "Freaks and Geeks"! Score. There are many other mirthful industry people who will be jesting and winking during the day. We can learn from them, and their jesting and winking, be rest assured.
It's described as a "one-day symposium on the craft of comedic short form filmmaking and exhibition." Price is $200, and last we heard was that there are a few spots left.
Here's a helpful audio overview of the day. Funny people with cinematic ambitions and a couple of hundred dollars, get on this, and pronto.