As Australia’s foremost academic teacher of narrative comedy who came to notoriety as part of the Doug Anthony Allstars comedy trio, Tim explains why the writing establishment erroneously regards comedy as an inferior craft to drama and tragedy. (Not a single Miles Franklin Awards has gone to a comedy.) Ferguson claims our modern literature and screenwriting is ‘lost in a miasma of misery-porn’. Most Australian writers are ignorant of the fundamental demands of the writing craft, a deficit that renders them unread, unappreciated and broke. Combining Ancient Greece, Western culture and Australia’s recent history he explains the entrenched imbalance between these two and how narrative comedy is the world’s highest and lowest writing form.