Helaine Becker & Claudia Dávila
Maple Tree, 2005 (2005)
Reviewed by Hilary Williamson
re you a budding comic or clown, do you like making people laugh, or are you simply interested in learning jokes, tricks and cartoon drawing techniques? Then have a look at
. In it, the authors of
Clowning Around, Practical Jokes, Cool Comedy, Cartooning, and More ...
t starts with the
Lowdown on Laughter
, including the fact that kids laugh way more than adults do, and that laughter is good for us. There's a detailed anatomy of a laugh, a joke is dissected, and types of humor explained (with examples).
has tips on timing, body lingo,
, props, putting it all together, and (occasionally)
. Next comes a series of games for
practice (they make great party games too!)
eady to try
? Find out your clown type (
), and take
Clown Fashion 101
(don't forget to make a secret pocket). Then learn how to make an entrance, to fall (a lot), and practice individual and paired routines. Next come
including how to prepare
. Finally, come tricks of the trade for drawing
Comic Strips and Cartoons
, including visual language shortcuts, how to create the gag, and flipbook animation.
ou can have all kinds of fun with
. Explore your comic intelligence, try out gags and routines on friends, create a cartoon strip, and make all kinds of tasty recipes like
Ghoulish Goblin Eyeballs
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