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February 19, 2016

BE RELATABLE

 

Why are sitcoms funny? What compels us to laugh at them? Why do we keep tuning in to our favorite shows week after week, or sometimes ten, twenty, thirty-plus years after their original air date? Why do we find ourselves binge watching the same series for 8 straight hours?... (more)

The Inkslinger: A Sitcom Blog

by Sarah McLean

March 4, 2016

ARCHETYPES IN WRITTEN COMEDY

 

Have you watched The Carmichael Show? You may have missed it. Their 6 episode run quietly debuted over 3 weeks at the end of last summer on NBC, just before the new Fall season. If it somehow escaped your live viewing schedule or DVR recording, I suggest you go watch it... (more)

March 18, 2016

INTERVIEW WITH DIRECTOR MARY LOU BELLI

 

I recently spoke with Emmy award-winning director, writer, producer and author Mary Lou Belli. If you’ve watched TV in the past 30 years then you’ve probably seen a show she’s directed. Her scrolling list of IMDb credits include: Sister, Sister, The Hughley’s, Girlfriends, Monk, The Game, Hart of Dixie, and NCIS: New Orleans. We talked about the relevance and relatability... (more)

April 1, 2016

LIKEABLE ANTI-HEROES

 

Selena Meyer is the worst. So is Frank Gallagher. And Michael Scott. Archie Bunker. Sue Sylvester. Charlie Harper. The main cast of Seinfeld and Arrested Development. In real life these people would arguably be the most despicable human beings ever. And we’d hate everything about who they are and even cross the street to avoid their paths. In sitcoms, however.... (more)

April 15, 2016

A CATASTROPHIC BREATH OF FRESH AIR

 

I've alluded to in previous posts how sitcoms change with the times and often reflect current societal patterns. There have been many in the last few years that have turned the traditional sitcom model on its head. One of the best examples, in my opinion, is Catastrophe.... (more)

April 29, 2016

THE STATE OF THE SITCOM

 

We all know there is an exorbitant amount of television constantly in production. This new ‘Golden Age’ is churning out more content than we can watch in a lifetime. Television, as a new medium, was introduced to households in the 1940s, but it wasn’t until the 1950s.... (more)

May 27, 2016

SINGLE-CAMERA VS. MULTI-CAMERA

 

I’m surprised how often I hear people say they don’t like sitcoms. They are often described by the following terms: not realistic, too jokey, not funny, simple, and stupid. What people usually end up meaning is they don’t like multi-camera sitcoms. They do like some sitcoms.... (more)

June 10, 2016

A CHARACTER STUDY: SITCOM CHARACTERS! THEY'RE JUST LIKE US!

 

When we think of sitcom characters our minds automatically head toward the words broad, one-dimensional, generalized and unrealistic. With this default thinking we fail to recognize that these characters are reflections of ourselves and therefore have a variety of emotions, thoughts, feelings, traits and intentions that are always happening under the surface..... (more)

June 24, 2016

UTILIZING THE DRAMA IN COMEDY

 

Comedy mirrors real life, from its foibles to its triumphs. That’s what makes it funny. If comedy is being completely honest, it’s also, at times, dramatic. Actors are taught early on to find the comedy and lighter moments in a drama so performances are layered and.... (more)

July 8, 2016

FILMED IN FRONT OF A LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE, PART 1

 

If you’ve never seen a live taping of a sitcom I highly suggest it. Depending on your love of comedy and sitting in a small, cold theatre for about 4 hours, it may not be something you want to do numerous times, however, for an actor, TV watcher, or sitcom fan, it’s a very ..... (more)

August 5, 2016

FILMED IN FRONT OF A LIVE STUDIO AUDIENCE, PART 2

 

I talked last post about live sitcom tapings and how, once again, Netflix has changed the game. This time I want to talk a little more about the ways attending a taping differs from watching on TV, why, when at a taping, people still insist on watching the monitors instead..... (more)

October 28, 2016

TELEVISION AND THE WORLD – A HISTORY LESSON

 

I’ve talked before about how television and movies often reflect what is happening in the world, and vice versa. I’ve recently been making my way through CNN’s The Sixties, The Seventies and The Eighties – a Tom Hanks’ produced documentary-style program covering each decade in depth – from TV and entertainment to music to current events and political affairs. .... (more)