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Just found this on the web. Interesting stuff that's sure to be thought and debate provoking!
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Whew, comedy is such as serious topic sometimes!
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I never could get through more than a chapter or two of Fitzkee without taking a break!

Dry doesn't even come close.

But great material!
Not enough card trick, though.

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Frankly I don't think much of what Fitzkee wrote it worth a hoot.
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You can tell he's a very smart guy and he knows it. Most people don't find this combination likable. People like this often get a bad reputation. His work is very hard to read but once I get into it, I don't it find so much as dry but challenging. It took me two hours to get through this read. Considering I'm leaving tomorrow for a three month journey, haven't packed a thing, or let alone rehearse, you should have an idea as to how smart I am. I'm very likeable! Smile

Take this passage:
"If the comedy, however, is ludicrous, it comes from reflecting upon what is to the disadvantage of another. However, it is less to the disadvantage of another than it is ridiculous. A thing or person may be ludicrous without implying moral demerit or deprecation of the moral character of the object. It arises from a cause independent of the subject. As an example: The pompous, dignified president of a bank would be ludicrous if a suspender, quite by accident, should be seen hanging below his coat tail. It is associated more or less to that which is personal and it causes laughter because it is absurd, incongruous or preposterous."

It sounds at first "mumbo jumbo." But after reading it over and over, referring to his example and back and forth, he starts making since. Here I find he philosophically paints an accurate picture of the nature and psychology of why ludicrous is funny. Or maybe I've read it so many times, I'm seeing a circus in the clouds.
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I think Pete hit the Nail on the head...
I think a student of our Art should read those books file it away in your brain and just go out there and see what works in todays world. I will bet you that if you return to those files in your brain you will say hey Fitzkee had something correct and a lot of things wrong...You can Discect comedy till you turn blue, but in the end. You'll learn that somethings just work and somethings don't and yet what works for you wont work for others...
cheers chris
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