Sitcom Acting

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Next ONE DAY COMEDY INTENSIVE : September 21st, 2014!!!!

 

Hello, I'm glad you're here!

You must love comedy, or more specifically, the sitcom. And you must also love acting. Am I right?

Well, welcome to SitcomActing.com!

Everything you need to know about acting in sitcoms is right here!

Starting with questions like:

  • How do I know I’m funny?
  • What sitcom character would I play?
  • How do I land a role on a sitcom?
  • What does it take to become a sitcom star?

Whether you’re auditioning for a co-star or a series regular on a half hour comedy, sitcom guru and acting coach Scott Sedita will teach you The Sedita Method of sitcom acting, which comes with it’s own terminology, coined phrases and unique glossary.

Scott’s internationally best-selling book, “The Eight Characters of Comedy. A Guide to Sitcom Acting & Writing,” has become a “bible” to Hollywood comedy writers, directors, producers, and actors; and is used as a textbook in over 80 colleges and universities. Since its first printing in 2005, "The Eight Characters of Comedy" has created a sitcom vernacular used in the industry from character types like "The Lovable Loser," "The Manizer," and "In Their Own Universe," to sitcom joke terminology like "The Turnaround" and "Triplets," and sitcom rules like "Don't Change a Word" and "Follow the Punctuation!"

Scott Sedita Acting Studios of Los Angeles knows funny! They have a wide variety of Acting for Sitcom Classes, Sitcom Seminars and Comedy Intensives to help you find your funny, "win the audition room," and book the role! Conveniently located in the heart of Hollywood, Sedita's Sitcom Acting Classes teach you how to break down a sitcom script, understand comedic intentions, identify different types of jokes, and discover which sitcom character works best for you!

Knowing the art of the funny and which of the Eight Characters of Comedy you play best puts you way ahead in the TV sitcom game! So HOW do you get started?

Scott Sedita's Ten Tips to Becoming a Sitcom Star

Praise for Scott Sedita and his book The Eight Characters of Comedy

The BACKSTAGE review of The Eight Characters of Comedy

Watch clips of Scott Sedita in action

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The Internationally bestselling acting book...
The Eight Characters of Comedy [2nd edition]
A Guide To Sitcom Acting And Writing


The definitive book on TV Comedy for Actors and Writers. Used as a textbook for Acting in Sitcoms & Writing for Sitcoms in over 80 colleges and universities. Read by television networks & studios. Implemented by TV Comedy Actors, Producers, and Writers. A bestseller among Acting books! The only how-to sitcom book on the market.

The Eight Characters of Comedy is a Hollywood “How-To” guide for actors and writers who want to break into the world of situation comedy.

Renowned Hollywood acting coach Scott Sedita will teach you how to break down a sitcom script, identify "Triplets" and "Turnaround" jokes and deliver them with comedic precision. You will learn about sitcom history, specific sitcom auditioning techniques and how to market yourself in this competitive industry. 

Most importantly, you will be introduced to The Eight Characters of Comedy, eight specific character archetypes that will help you discover your niche in half hour comedy.

BUY THIS BOOK AND PEOPLE WILL LAUGH AT YOU!

Industry Praise

“Need to know what makes a great sitcom? Scott Sedita is THE MAN! ”

- Conchata Ferrell, Series Regular, Two & a Half Men


“Sedita's sitcom class is a must for every actor who wants to audition for comedy!"

- Susan Vash, Casting Director, Happy Endings, The Neighbors


“Every actor auditioning for sitcoms should read this book!"

- Collin Daniel, Casting Director, Hot In Cleveland


"Scott Sedita's Sitcom Class took my acting level to a whole new level!"

- Allie Grant, Series Regular, Suburgatory


"Sitcom guru Scott Sedita's 'One Day Sitcom Intensive' is a MUST for every actor who auditions for comedy."

- Rob Lotterstein, Executive Producer, Shake It Up!


“This may be one of the best acting books I've ever had the good fortune to pick up! And it's funny!"

- Backstage


"Scott Sedita sitcom class and his Eight Characters of Comedy have had a huge influence on my directing and has made communicating with actors much easier."

- Roger Christiansen, Sitcom Director (over 100 episodes of Friends)


"If I'd read Sedita's book, The Eight Characters of Comedy when I was auditioning for sitcoms, I would be living in a much nicer house now!"

- Judy Carter, Author, The Comedy Bible


Sedita’s keen insight and analysis of The Eight Characters of Comedy is amazing! AND IT WORKS! I have seen his acting students create wonderful characters from this astute understanding of sitcom characters.”

- Mary Lou Belli, Emmy-Award Winning Sitcom Director


“In sitcom casting, the guy who gets the most laughs wins. Understanding how to build realistic, complex, yet funny characters is vital to getting those critical laughs in the room. Scott’s unique and fascinating sitcom class and book is a fun starting point for any actor hoping to break into comedy.” 

- Patrick Baca, CSA, Board of Governors, Casting Society of America


"He is the MUST SEE comedy coach, and this is the MUST TAKE comedy class!"

- Jennifer Finnigan, Series Regular, Better With You


“This will be another bible for actors as they are preparing for auditions and creating a comedic character. I insist that all of the actors who study with me take Scott’s One Day Comedy Intensive class!"

- Judy Kerr, Dialogue Coach, Seinfeld


"Scott Sedita is a comedic genius! He teaches actors what it takes to understand the theories and techniques of breaking down sitcom scripts and characters. I have ALL my clients read The Eight Characters of Comedy.”

- Mara Santino, Talent Manager, Luber Roklin Entertainment


“In his book, Scott Sedita has dissected comedy archetypes in a way that is revolutionary, insightful and great fun to read. Sedita's One Day Comedy Intensive: this secret weapon should be part of any aspiring actor’s or writer’s arsenal.”

- Jed Seidel, Executive Producer, Hollywood Heights


“Scott Sedita is truly a genius! The Eight Characters of Comedy is an indispensable secret weapon for comedy TV writers. In a pilot script it's very important that characters are clearly defined and have razor sharp edges. Scott's book helps me achieve this and has earned its place on my desk as a top-notch reference guide... indeed, it's a writers GPS that guides you in creating clear, relatable and funny characters. Every TV comedy writer should own this book.”

- David Holden, Sitcom Writer, Executive Producer


“The Eight Characters of Comedy has a permanent place on my list of recommended books for my actors!”

- Brianna Barcus-Ancel, Vice President, Clear Talent Group


“There is no other book available that helps new sitcom actors understand the craft of sitcom acting and how they can break into the industry! The Eight Characters of Comedy gives actors (and writers) a blueprint for creating real and hilarious, complex characters that will get them work in this challenging genre.”

- David Sweeney, President, Sweeney Entertainment


“In sitcoms, character is everything. Scott Sedita's The Eight Characters of Comedy breaks down all the classic genre archetypes with keen insights and thoughtful analysis. It's an invaluable tool that will give any aspiring sitcom actor or writer a leg up in making his or her work stand out and shine. Don't be The Lovable Loser or The Dumb One. Be The Logical Smart One and buy this book!”

- Manny Basanese, Sitcom Writing Teacher, UCLA Extension


“I wanted to get better at comedy, so I went to Scott Sedita. A few months later, I booked a series regular on a sitcom! Karma? Maybe. Sedita? Absolutely!”

- Jonathan Chase, Actor

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Scott Sedita's Guide to Making It In Hollywood


Scott Sedita's TV Appearances

Are you funny? Scott talks with Judy Kerr about the book and what it takes to work in comedies and sitcoms.
Scott coaches everyday people to fulfill their dreams in the USA Network series, CHARACTER FANTASY: ep. Sherman Klump
Scott (with Keesha Sharp from Girlfriends) talking with Gregory Mantell about his book and how to make it in the business.
CHARACTER FANTASY:
Audrey Hepburn
CHARACTER FANTASY:
Catherine Zeta-Jones
CHARACTER FANTASY:
Music Video

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Your Sitcom Coaches

Scott Sedita - Sitcom Coach Tony Rago - Sitcom Coach
Scott Sedita Tony Rago

 

 Backstage Review

This may be one of the most interactive books I've ever had the good fortune to pick up! Sure, it starts off relatively didactic, with author Scott Sedita taking you by the hand and leading you through sources of comedy and the genesis of the modern sitcom formula. This takes only a dozen pages, though. The next 200 or so are peppered with examples of comic writing that are impossible not to read aloud. The initial ones serve to impress upon the actor/writer the importance of every word and punctuation mark in "finding the funny" (and it's remarkable the difference one spot of ink can make); later chapters are illustrated with snippets from a wealth of sitcoms, extant and no longer in first run. As you read along and pick up the rhythms, a little voice starts making itself heard in the back of your head. It's saying, "God, I'm good."

But back to the book itself. It's nicely laid out, with nothing extraneous and lots of helpful sidebars. Although reducing the world of comedy to eight stock characters may seem a bit, well, mechanical, there is plenty of elbow room within each classification. And they are, for the record: The Logical Smart One, The Lovable Loser, The Neurotic, The Dumb One, The Bitch/Bastard, The Womanizer/Manizer, The Materialistic One, and characters who are In Their Own Universe. Each label comes with a full definition, profile, motivations, copious examples of characters, and, on occasion, helpful suggestions when it comes to physicalizing such comic types. Sedita, a respected acting coach, closes out with a handy guide to "finding your comedic note" as well as a thorough glossary to the terminology of the land of chuckles. The back cover promises, "Buy this book and people will laugh at you." But it's more likely, by the time you've finished the book, you'll be laughing at yourself and wondering how the sitcom world has muddled through without you for so long.

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Scott Sedita's Ten Tips to Becoming a Sitcom Star!

Comedy is back! The sitcom is alive and well, which means, ACTORS get ready, be prepared for your next sitcom audition.

Here’s some tips to get you one step closer to becoming a successful sitcom actor:

1. Find your funny.

In what way are you funny? What's funny about you? Being aware of what makes up your personal "funny"—finding the comedy in yourself and your everyday life—is the first step to becoming a successful sitcom actor. Your sense of humor is your innate ability to be funny, what I call your Funny Gene. It has a number of influences, especially your upbringing. So, who tickled your funny bone growing up—a relative, a teacher, a best friend? Or did you learn how to be funny by watching great comedic actors? Also remember that comedy comes from drama, and drama comes from pain. Thus, comedy comes from pain. Are you able to draw humor from your pain? Once you've found your funny, you need to identify where your comedic strengths lie.

2. Identify your comedy character.

Is your sense of humor dry and sarcastic? Silly and lighthearted? Shameless and quirky? Knowing your comedic qualities will help you identify your comedy character. I've discovered eight specific comedic character archetypes that have been used since the advent of television. In my bestselling book "The Eight Characters of Comedy," I break down each one and its unique personality traits. Are you patient and brutally honest like the Logical Smart One? Are you the desperate but hopeful Lovable Loser? Are you one of those unpredictable, unflappable eccentrics living In Their Own Universe? Each character has its own comedic attributes, and inevitably you'll find one with which you'll experience a natural, organic merge. Focusing on your comedy character will help you find your all-important comedic niche.

3. Explore your comedy.

To be a successful sitcom actor, you have to study the art form, and the best way to do that is in class. In comedy class, not only will you learn how to properly execute comedic technique; you'll also get an opportunity to hone this new, powerful career tool: your comedy character. You'll get to work that character in various scenes, exploring its history, motivations, actions, and comedic strengths. You'll get to interact with other characters and possibly explore new secondary characters for yourself. Most important, comedy class will help you see where you're getting laughs, which will help you build your comedic repertoire.

4. Stick to the script.

Comedy is all about rhythm, timing, and pace, and it's your job as a comedic actor to identify those things in each and every piece of scripted comedy you perform. Comedy, when done right, is like a good song. Just as a musician plays the melody as composed, a comedic actor must stick to the script. That means following the words exactly as written. Don't add or drop words or attach handles to the beginnings of sentences, like "Look," “Listen,” "I mean," "Well," and "So." And don't change the punctuation! Always remember that a period is not just the end of a sentence; it's the end of a thought. Blowing past it or changing it to a question mark will not only change the intention of the line but also the "music" in the dialogue.

5. Learn to break down comedy scripts.

Comedy is made up of three things: conflict, desperation and the unpredictable. These themes are found in story lines, jokes, and characters. Like drama, comedy must have conflict - two opposing sides, two opposing philosophies, two opposing cultures and two opposing characters. Putting two of the Eight Characters of Comedy together gives you instant conflict. And keep in mind that comedy consists of positive and negative forces that work against each other to create the humor in the script, especially in the dialogue. Breaking down comedy scripts will help you identify classic jokes like "the turnaround," in which a character says something with 100 percent conviction, then turns it around with equal conviction. Try it yourself: "You're going to Disneyland! (BEAT) Not!" There are also "triplets": The character sets up with two simple and similar lines of dialogue, then on the third line hits the joke with something different and unpredictable.

6. Perfect your funny.

As you develop your character and learn your comedic technique, you'll also start to examine more-subtle but important tools for your comedy, especially in the script itself. You need to identify the operative word (a word used over and over in a scene), callback jokes (jokes repeated over the course of a script), the hard consonants (k, t, and p) used by the writer to maximize the effect of comedic dialogue, and the funny words (Vitameatavegamin) used to enhance the punch line. Some writers will clue you in to important words by underlining, italicizing, or bolding them, but often that discovery will be up to you.

7. Stay committed.

"Dying is easy; comedy is hard." It's an old adage, but so true. What makes comedy so difficult? Commitment. As a comedy actor, you need to be 100 percent committed to the dialogue, physical actions, jokes, technique, and especially the characters. It takes just as much commitment to do comedy as it does to do drama, perhaps even more. Think of all the comedy greats and how willing they were to "go there" for their comedy. There is no shame, no embarrassment, and definitely no faking it when it comes to comedy. You and your character need to believe in everything you're doing and commit to it wholeheartedly.

8. Be still.

One of the biggest things that can kill a comedic scene is unscripted movement—what I call physical static—from an actor. That includes adjusting your clothes, scratching your nose, stretching your neck, waving your arms, tapping your thigh, rolling your eyes, and so on. Unless movement is specified in the stage directions, you should stay still, as any extra movement will distract from the comedic rhythm of the piece. I'm not saying you have to be a statue, but as a comedic actor it's your responsibility to be aware of your space and control your actions so you don't pull focus. Along the same lines, you must also learn when to hold for laughs, keeping still and holding your intention while the audience laughs and waiting for the laughter to die down before continuing with your dialogue.

9. Watch the comedy masters.

There are so many legends old and new in this business, and watching them work is vital to building your comedy career. From Lucille Ball to Steve Carell, Jackie Gleason to Bea Arthur, the cast of "All in the Family" to the cast of "Friends," you need to know your comedy history. Rent or DVR as many of these classic shows as you can, as well as popular new shows. Watch them first for the sheer entertainment, then watch them again as a student of comedy learning from everything the actors do.

10. Have fun.

When performing comedy, you have to enjoy what you're doing. You need to do your homework, find your character, perfect your technique, commit to the text, then go into class, an audition, or a job and have fun. Take some risks. Be confident and bring on the funny! If you're having fun, you'll feel a surge of energy inside you that will bring out your best, most positive, most energized performance. It will get you to the "louder, faster, funnier" that defines comedy. And if you're having fun, the casting director, the writer, the producer, and ultimately the audience will have fun with you, and that will help you become a successful sitcom actor.

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LEARN ABOUT SCOTT SEDITA'S EIGHT CHARACTERS OF COMEDY....

  • Who is normally cast as The Logical Smart One
      

  • Why do we love The Lovable Loser
      

  • Why is The Neurotic such a fun character to play? 
      

  • How can you play The Dumb One smart? 
      

  • Who are the biggest Bitches and Bastards
      

  • What drives The Materialistic Ones
      

  • Why is The Womanizer / Manizer so popular?
      

  •  How can you realistically play someone In Their Own Universe?

The Eight Characters of Comedy answers all of these questions and more! After reading this book, you WILL be ready to work in the exciting world of situation comedy.

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