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How to make a sad story funny - Jodie Houlston-Lau

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It may seem counterintuitive, but comedy is often key to a serious story. As a writer, you need your audience to experience a range of emotions, no matter what your genre. Comic relief is a tried-and-true way of creating the varied emotional texture a compelling story needs. So how can you create this effect in your own stories? Jodie Houlston-Lau shares some tips for lightening the mood.

It seems to be human nature for us to seek out the comedy in tragic moments. Why do you think this is?

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Meet The Creators

  • Educator Jodie Houlston-Lau
  • Director Joe Taylor
  • Narrator Alexandra Panzer
  • Storyboard Artist Joe Taylor, Jasmine Lister
  • Animator Joe Taylor
  • Sound Designer Weston Fonger
  • Composer Jarrett Farkas
  • Director of Production Gerta Xhelo
  • Editorial Director Alex Rosenthal
  • Producer Bethany Cutmore-Scott
  • Editorial Producer Elizabeth Cox
  • Content Associate Abdallah Ewis
  • Script Editor Iseult Gillespie
  • Fact-Checker Jennifer Nam

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