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The Art of Laughs

Can comedy be learned? Turns out it can be – just like pottery – according to Aussie comedy legend Tim Ferguson.

After a weekend comedy writing course, Sydney stand-up comedian and I.C.E Screen Cultures participant Lizzy Hoo learned why some of her jokes were working and others, not so much. The weekend course armed her with a notepad full of comedy tips and tricks she could use on stage, screen and web. All those ideas in the back of her mind now seem possible.

Apart from stand-up comedy, Lizzy has a few comedy scripts in the pipeline, which she thought were close to pitching, including a web series about a Kevin Lee – a Chinese mechanic living in suburbia. Not anymore! She’s going to revisit these scripts and dust them with some Tim magic before pitching them to producers.

From the Golden Girls, Utopia and 30 Rock to his own experiences with the Doug Anthony Allstars, Tim explained, in his endearingly hilarious way, how to crack a joke at a local open mic night or write the next Kath and Kim.

Words & Image: Lizzy Hoo

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