Workshop Information

So Funny it Hurts: Creating Comic Violence

Intermediate, Advanced / Acting
Presented by Benjamin Reigel

“Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.” --Mel Brooks

Drama is conflict. Sometimes that conflict is violent, and people get hurt. And sometime (in a play at least) that pain should make us laugh! From slaps, to pratfalls, to bullies and cowards getting what they deserve, physical pain, and the ability to make us laugh at it is absolutely necessary for a stage performer.

In this workshop, we will be exploring the use of unarmed stage violence in pursuit of comedy. Participants will pair off to learn and work on short comic combat choreographic sequences. We will work on clean techniques, comic timing, and "acting" the fights.

This is a hands-on physical workshop. Participants should expect that they will be coming in actual physical contact with each other. Please wear appropriate movement clothing, and be willing to remove shoes. Attendance will be limited 24 participants.