Round table on monologues. Andreu Buenafuente: 'The monologue is still in its infancy'

On 23 th January IDEC-Universitat Pompeu Fabra organised a round table for participants on the Postgraduate Programme in Television Scriptwriting for Light Entertainment and Comedy Programmes, which was attended by popular television presenters Andreu Buenafuente and Pablo Motos, as well as top monologue performers Godoy and Toni Moog. Under the title ?Monologues, a sole model??, and chaired by El Terrat scriptwriter David Escardó, participants were witness to varying points of view with which the professionals described the different techniques used when writing monologues. ?The basis of the monologue is to start with an idea and organise paragraphs with a clear structure?, agreed the five participants in the round table.

?You need to find words which are funnier than others and which, therefore, have a better musical sound?, indicated Pablo Motos, who presents the programme ?El Hormiguero\' on the Cuatro TV channel. For his part, monologue performer Toni Moog insisted on the importance of marking out items when composing a monologue, as well as creating a recurring theme and the right structure.

The round table guests also agreed that the content of monologues is inexhaustible because of the enormity of the world. ?Big issues are always usable subject matter for monologues. It\'s a question of making a real find?, as Motos pointed out. In addition to this Andreu Buenafuente, explained to the students present that ?The monologue is still in its infancy? and that ?right now, it\'s enjoying a boom due to a period which began some time ago with the programme El Club de la comedia?.

The scriptwriter as key figure

Another topic discussed during the debate was the role of scriptwriter in the creation of a monologue. The humourist Godoy commented that ?scriptwriters are always on a knife\'s edge because they never have time to try out their monologues?. Godoy also emphasised that ?the use of correct language is an essential element which must be taken into account?, therefore the correct training of scriptwriters is fundamental. In addition to this, the Uruguayan explained that to be a scriptwriter ?you have to lie, because, in comedy, lying is a distortion of the truth. It\'s about finding a topic and taking it to the point of exaggeration?.

For his part, Pablo Motos insisted on the importance of scriptwriters as key elements in the writing monologues. ?These professionals are fundamental in doing a job which a programme\'s success greatly depends on and many times their work goes unrecognised?, as the popular presenter pointed out.

The participants in the round table advised would-be scriptwriters to put their embarrassment aside and to always say what they think. They also insisted on reading novels as a key factor in writing monologues.