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Comedy for Animators by Jonathan Lyons

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Chapter 6Comedy Teams

Figure 6.1 Madagascar 2, 2008

Figure 6.1 Madagascar 2, 2008

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There are some physical comedians who can perform solo. I discuss them in Chapter 10 on props. Otherwise, nearly all comedians work in some sort of group. It could be just two people, or a large ensemble cast. In live action, it takes time and no small amount of luck to assemble two or more actors who click with each other. Once they have established a comfort level that allows them to do their best work they will often return to working with the same people over and over. Some of the most successful comedy teams, like the Marx brothers and the Three ...

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