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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 16 March 2019
12 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 16 MARCH 2019 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM The great philosopher may have invented Sheldon Cooper before ‘The Big Bang Theory’ became a hit! CON STAMOCOSTAS Tim Ferguson is in the process of writing a reimagining of Aristotle's Principals Of Comedy. Unfortunately what Aristotle wrote about comedy is thought to be lost. But Ferguson who teaches narrative comedy at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School (AFTRS), RMIT and New York University (NYU) hopes to finish what the Greek philosopher started. "I've researched a lot of Aristotle because I'm trying to re-imagine what his book on comedy would have said," he told Neos Kosmos. "A lot of people think he did write the book but it was destroyed. It might have been burnt in Alexandria but I think he must have written A ustralia's foremost academic teacher of narrative comedy it. It kind of makes sense that out of all his books, that that would be the one that would be destroyed because it's the satirists that get killed. Politicians will kill the cartoonist before they worry about killing the editor." Ferguson has been around comedy for over three decades. He is a founding member of the internationally acclaimed comedy trio Doug Anthony All Stars and he co-wrote and co-directed the 2017 rom-com feature film Spin Out. He also authored the bestselling memoir Carry a Big Stick' which details his career and battle with MS. Ferguson's re-imagining on what Aristotle's book on comedy might be, is based on the Greek philosopher's book Poetics. "He wrote mainly about comic characters but I figured that Aristotle would have talked about more While many may think deconstructing an Ancient Greek philosopher's ideas on comedy would be quite complex, Ferguson believes his comedy principles are quite simple. "It seems daunting because The Ancient Greek crying mask and laughing mask drawn by Tim Ferguson at AFT. principals in terms of the way stories and jokes are built and the function and purpose of jokes. And if he did write about them of course they would have burnt the book because you know what those Methodists are like." Tim Ferguson teaching Aristotle’s ‘Principles of Comedy’.
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