Funny Business - An Introduction to Comedy with Royalty-Free Plays and Sketches

Funny Business - An Introduction to Comedy with Royalty-Free Plays and Sketches $22.99

Marsh Cassady

Published by Meriwether Press

Large Mixed Cast

For big laughs, comedy relies on exaggeration, incongruity, automatism, character inconsistency, surprise and derision

And here's a book that defines and demonstrates each of these devices with twenty-two short sketches and one-act plays

This unique overview of high and low comedy defines all comedy genres - absurdism, tragicomedy, farce and melodrama

A discussion precedes each type of comedy illustrated, explaining the comic devices used

The reader will find many insights along the way about how to write and perform each comedy style successfully

The wide variety of scripted material makes the book very user-friendly for teaching, acting practice and live presentations

All characterizations are appropriate for student actors in their teens or twenties

The Sketches and One-act Plays are ...

Wild Willie's Bardic Blackouts




Father Knows Better

How Do You Spell Tree?

In Plain English

Mix and Match

Pails by Comparison

The Eyes Have It

A Tale from the Bog or Whatever Happened to the Lost Lenore?

The Boy With Nine Lives

Another Sort of Forest

A Day at the Beach

The Smyth's Tale

We Are, You Are, They Are

Somewhere in the Appellations

The Monolog

The book also includes permission for you to reproduce the scripts and there are No Royalty fees to pay

Browse Library

About Stageplays

Stageplays offers you the largest collection of Plays & Musicals in the world.

Based in the UK and the USA, we’ve been serving the online theatre community since the last century. We’re primarily a family-run business and several of us also work in professional theatre.

But we’re all passionate about theatre and we all work hard to share that passion with you and the world’s online community.

Subscribe to our theatre newsletter

We'll email you regular details of new plays and half-price special offers on a broad range of theatre titles.


We can deliver any play in print to any country in the world - and we ship from both the US and the UK.

© 2010 - 2024 Stageplays, Inc.