How To Write Comedy

This hands-on book will take you, step by step, through the stages by which most successful comedy writers develop their craft and careers This practical but inspirational book guides new and more experienced writers through the process of ...

Author: Tony Kirwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781845285616

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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First you have to come out with a flow of ideas and decide which ones will work. Then you must give them a tight structure, and then write crisp dialogue which builds in constant laughs. This practical but inspirational book guides new and more experienced writers step by step through the process of each comedy genre. It gives space for your creativity to shine as you gradually build your skills. Beginning with sketches, the basic building blocks of comedy, you’ll find how you can quickly create great premises, and then structure them into two-minute slices of hilarity. The same techniques will help you write a string of jokes and one-liners. · A practical guide to comedy as you write it, from creating mindmaps from which to glean your new material, to techniques of structure, characterisation and dialogue which work. · Covers the distinct techniques and mindsets needed by each genre in turn, in the usual progression of a writer’s career - from jokes and sketches to sitcoms. You’ll also learn how to find outlets for your work, from submitting to the BBC to staging your own show or filming comedy for the internet.

Masterclass Writing Comedy

Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing.

Author: Lesley Bown

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 1473602181

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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" ?Masterclass: Write Great Comedy will reveal to both beginners and experienced writers the distinctive features that mark out comedy from other forms of creative writing. Having identified these, it will help you then to unlock your inner anarchist, and explore the different elements of comedy, using a combination of practical exercises, insight and creative inspiration. Whatever your preferred comic genre, you will find guidance on everything from wordplay and visual humour to plots, comedy characters and different styles. A section on performance will help you to hone stand-up skills, while chapters on stage and screen will give techniques and tips on how to craft a sitcom or create a sketch show. Finally, there is a uniquely frank but useful section on the realities of the markets, and the actualities of going it alone with self-publishing and self-promotion - or the tools you need to successfully pitch an idea or comic manuscript.? "

How to Write Comedy Jokes

Anyone from a comical newbie to a professional comedy writer can benefit from this series. Don't let your comedy dreams pass you by! This book and this series can help you make others laugh!

Author: Dean Burkey

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1492821438

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 98

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Learn how to be funny with joke-writing methods that work. And enjoy over a hundred funny jokes you've never heard before. Comedy Isn't Easy, But It Just Got Easier With: "How to Write All Kinds of Comedy Jokes" Must you be born funny to make people laugh? Groucho Marx wasn't born with glasses, a mustache, and a cigar. Even Steve "Born Standing Up" Martin wasn't born wearing an arrow through his head. (Lucky for his mom, 'cause that would have hurt!) Although Woody Allen might have been born with frizzy red hair and glasses. Haven't heard of me yet? You will. And others will hear of you too, when you apply my pointers. But why buy this book about comedy success from someone who's not famous? Because the tips and techniques are sound. Knowledge isn't the only thing that leads to success. Fears and doubts thwart us. By following my own advice in this series, I will overcome what holds me back and succeed. So too, should you. Besides, if I wait until I'm famous to publish this book, people won't believe I wrote it. They'll think I hired a ghostwriter. You can learn from anyone. The more people from whom you learn, the more you'll know. If this book gives you just one really great idea, you should reread it. Because you obviously missed something. But even so, one really great idea is still worth more than the cost of this book. A lifelong student of comedy, a real stand-up guy, an improv performer, and the author of several comedy books including "Monster Laughs", "Seasons Without Reason", and "Chica Go", Dean Burkey shares his thoughts and the tips and techniques he's learned over the years in a series he wishes had been written for him when he first started. Humor enhances our lives, so improve your comic abilities with "How to Write All Kinds of Kinds of Comedy Jokes". Anyone from a comical newbie to a professional comedy writer can benefit from this series. Don't let your comedy dreams pass you by! This book and this series can help you make others laugh! Volume 1: "How to Write Comedy Jokes" This book teaches various comedy theories, joke construction, including the third joke element not mentioned in most other books, ways to write comedy, ways to rewrite and improve comedy, tips, techniques, and encouraging words to help you write funny. Table of Contents The Building Blocks of Comedy Where to Start ISO Comedy Ideas Connect with Your Audience What Are You Passionate About? The Dreaded Blank Page Association Lists What?! O. P. M. How To Write Comedy Jokes Danger --> Safety (a.k.a. The JAWS Theory of Jocularity) The Train Wreck Theory of Comedy The Hocus Pocus Humor Theory The Comedy Connection Concept The Funny Formula (a.k.a. The Comedy Code) Super Setups Cool Connections Funny Punches Lots of Laughs Write Unfunny/Mediocre Jokes Ways to Improve Jokes More Ways to Improve Jokes The Secret to Comedy A Glimpse at the Topics Covered by Volumes 2-4 Special Bonus Features: How to Pick a Topic for Writing Jokes (a.k.a. "I Rolled the Dice Twice") How to Pick a Topic for Writing Jokes 2 The Spoof Pieces: "How to Be Funny In 3 Simple Steps" "The Secret to Comedy" from "Seasons Without Reason" "The Secret to Comedy 2" "The History and Analysis of the Road-Crossing Chicken Joke" Not Just Educational, But Entertaining Too! Even if you don't want to learn how to create comedy, you can still enjoy the many jokes contained herein, including the Special Bonus Feature spoof pieces: "The Secret to Comedy" (from "Seasons Without Reason"), "The Secret to Comedy 2", and "The History and Analysis of the Road-Crossing Chicken Joke". You have a world of laughter to gain, so scroll up; and click the Buy button now.

Comedy Writing Secrets

In this expanded new edition, Mel Helitzer, named the "funniest professor in the country" by Rolling Stone magazine, and funnyman Mark Shatz pack in even more insight and instruction, including: Humor writing exercises to punch up your ...

Author: Mel Helitzer

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 1582973571

Category: Reference

Page: 352

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The Only Handbook for Humor Writers! "What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."—Steve Martin Become the funniest person in the room! With Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, you can master the fundamentals of humor writing and turn your comedic talent into a well-paying pursuit. For more than a decade, Comedy Writing Secrets has been giving aspiring comedians a leg up on the competition. In this expanded new edition, Mel Helitzer, named the "funniest professor in the country" by Rolling Stone magazine, and funnyman Mark Shatz pack in even more insight and instruction, including: Humor writing exercises to punch up your jokes Extra information on writing for sitcoms and stand-up Comedic brainstorming techniques using associations and listings Exclusive tips for writing humor for specific markets like editorials, columns, speeches, advertising, greeting cards, t-shirts, and more Tap into your comedic genius with Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, and you'll always leave 'em laughing!

Comedy Writing for Late Night TV

His detailed tips, techniques, and rules include: - 6 characteristics every good monologue joke topic must have - 6 specific ways to generate punch lines - 12 tools for making your jokes their funniest - 7 types of desk pieces and how to ...

Author: Joe Toplyn

Publisher:

ISBN: 0615953891

Category: Comedy

Page: 444

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He has written and produced comedy/talk shows for over fifteen years. Now four-time Emmy winner Joe Toplyn reveals his proven methods of writing for late-night television in this one-of-a-kind insider's guide. Toplyn analyzes each type of comedy piece in the late-night TV playbook and takes you step-by-step through the process of writing it. His detailed tips, techniques, and rules include: * 6 characteristics every good monologue joke topic must have* 6 specific ways to generate punch lines* 12 tools for making your jokes their funniest* 7 types of desk pieces and how to create them* 9 steps to writing parodies and other sketches * How to go after a writing job in late night* PLUS a complete sample comedy/talk show submission packetAlso use this comprehensive manual to write short-form comedy for the Internet, sketch shows, magazines, reality shows, radio, advertising, and any other medium.

How to Write Funny

The definitive comedy-writing handbook from one of the genre's most celebrated writers, this easy-to-follow guide lays out a clear system for creating humor that gets big, milk-coming-out-of-your-nose laughs, reliably and repeatably.

Author: Scott Dikkers

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1499196121

Category: Education

Page: 136

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The definitive comedy-writing handbook from one of the genre's most celebrated writers, this easy-to-follow guide lays out a clear system for creating humor that gets big, milk-coming-out-of-your-nose laughs, reliably and repeatably. You'll learn...• the three sure-fire ways to generate material• the 11 kinds of jokes and how to tell them• the secret to permanently overcoming writer's block• and many more tips, tricks and techniques

The New Comedy Writing Step by Step

Three-time Emmy Award-winner Gene Perret's ""Comedy Writing Step by Step"" has been the manual for humor writers for 25 years.

Author: Gene Perret

Publisher: Linden Publishing

ISBN: 9781610351089

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 288

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Three-time Emmy Award-winner Gene Perret's ""Comedy Writing Step by Step"" has been the manual for humor writers for 25 years. In this new book, his first update, Perret offers readers a treasure trove of guidelines and suggestions covering a broad range of comedy writing situations, along with many all-important insights into the selling of one's work. Perret covers all aspects of comedy writing in his uniquely knowledgeable and anecdotal fashion.

How To Be A Comedy Writer

This new ebook edition has been specially formatted for today's e-readers.

Author: Marc Blake

Publisher: Andrews UK Limited

ISBN: 9781849892315

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 112

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Think you're funny? Writing successful comedy isn't just about having a gift for gags; you need to hone your talent and polish your humour to earn a living from making people laugh. If you want to write stand-up comedy, sketches, sitcoms or even a comic novel or film, How to be a Comedy Writer tells you all you need to know and more about the business, the structure of jokes and the nuts and bolts of a craft that can be learnt. This new ebook edition has been specially formatted for today's e-readers.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Comedy Writing

In this guide, comedian, writer, and teacher Jim Mendrinos explains the principles of comedy and how to apply them to forms from stand-up to sitcoms- including fiction, film, speeches, articles, essays, and more.

Author: James Mendrinos

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440696206

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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Comedy is serious business - and serious money. In this guide, comedian, writer, and teacher Jim Mendrinos explains the principles of comedy and how to apply them to forms from stand-up to sitcoms- including fiction, film, speeches, articles, essays, and more. He also includes exercises designed to hone the craft, break through writer's block, and tailor a piece to its intended audience.

Writing Comedy

Whether you are writing comedy routines, sketches or sitcoms, and aiming your work at the page, the stage or the ever-expanding world of broadcasting, you will find something in this book to encourage, inform and inspire you.

Author: John Byrne

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408151754

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 208

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Comedy has always been one of the most high-profile, glamorous and potentially lucrative markets for scriptwriters, but it is also perceived as one of the hardest. In the fourth edition of this highly regarded handbook, John Byrne breaks down the basics of writing comedy into simple steps and shows you how to make the most of your own comedy writing talent and - just as importantly - your ability to market that talent. Here is a wealth of practical advice both on how to get your career off the ground and how to keep developing it. Whether you are writing comedy routines, sketches or sitcoms, and aiming your work at the page, the stage or the ever-expanding world of broadcasting, you will find something in this book to encourage, inform and inspire you. As with any art form, the basics of good comedy never go out of fashion. While the easy steps in this book are illustrated with examples of work by classic comedians old and new, you will also find useful advice on developing and adapting your work for the twenty-first century market, whether your aim is to promote your work online or simply to keep your gags fresh and topical in a world where the news changes by the minute and gets flashed around the world in seconds.

Writing Comedy

Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing.

Author: Lesley Bown

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781473602205

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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Learn how to write comedy that makes people laugh. Masterclass: Writing Comedy will reveal to both beginners and experienced writers the distinctive features that mark out comedy from other forms of creative writing. Having identified these, it will help you then to unlock your inner anarchist, and explore the different elements of comedy, using a combination of practical exercises, insight and creative inspiration. Whatever your preferred comic genre, you will find guidance on everything from wordplay and visual humour to plots, comedy characters and different styles. A section on performance will help you to hone stand-up skills, while chapters on stage and screen will give techniques and tips on how to craft a sitcom or create a sketch show. Finally, there is a uniquely frank but useful section on the realities of the markets, and the actualities of going it alone with self-publishing and self-promotion - or the tools you need to successfully pitch an idea or comic manuscript. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their stories. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises, and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community, at tyjustwrite.com, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Laughing Out Loud

On the writing of comedy for cinema and television )

Author: Andrew Horton

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 9780520220157

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 218

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On the writing of comedy for cinema and television

How to Write Funnier Book Two of Your Serious Step By Step Blueprint for Creating Incredibly Irresistibly Successfully Hilarious Writing

The first book in this series, How To Write Funny, showed you how to write a joke.

Author: Scott Dikkers

Publisher: How to Write Funny

ISBN: 1796818224

Category: Education

Page: 254

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Learn How to Write a Funny Story Can you learn how to write comedy? Absolutely-anyone can. Scott Dikkers will tell you how. He's co-founder and longest-serving editor-in-chief of The Onion, the world's most popular humor publication, and founder of The Onion Training Center at the Second City in Chicago. He's also a #1 best-selling humor author and winner of the Thurber Prize for American Humor. In How to Write Funnier, he tells you everything you need to know to start writing funny stories, how to write funny scenes, and how to write funny sketches. But that's just the beginning. How do you get a job in comedy? How do you write for The Onion? How do you write for the New Yorker? How do you get published in McSweeney's? How do you write for money? How do you become a career comedy writer? It's all in How to Write Funnier, the followup to How to Write Funny Writers Scott has mentored, trained, or hired for their very first comedy-writing job have gone on to win several Emmy Awards, written movies nominated for an Academy Award, and become best-selling authors themselves. One student said this about How to Write Funny (Book 1) "This book is one of my very favorite books on comedy. It's helped me get published on satire sites like Reductress.com and helped me get admitted to comedy festivals. The fact that all comedy writers don't know about this book is (1) unfortunate but also (2) fantastic, because it will give the people who do read it a big advantage." How to Write Funnier gives you the step-by-step writing process professinoals use for creating hilarious comedy articles, prose pieces, and stories that will jump off the page, grab readers by the sphincter and make them LOL, spit-take, make other passengers on the bus look at them like they're crazy because they're laughing so hard reading your story. The first book in this series, How To Write Funny, showed you how to write a joke. How to Write Funnier (Book 2) shows you how to stack up those jokes the right way to make funny articles, stories, listicles or prose pieces that will make people remember you. Inside: - The 13 Most Common Mistakes in Humor Writing - The 11 Different Ways to Structure a humor piece - How to get ideas for writing a great story - 8 steps for how to get feedback on your writing that will truly make it funnier Tap the "Pre-order with 1-click" button to get it now!

Step by Step to Stand Up Comedy Workbook Series

This companion workbook turns each joke writing technique, from Chapters 1 and 2 of the paperback, eBook, or audio book of Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy, into exercises, so now anyone, including you, can learn and practice the skills of ...

Author: Greg Dean

Publisher: Greg Dean's Comedy System

ISBN: 0989735109

Category:

Page: 104

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Learn joke structure and then write jokes using Dean's original joke writing system the Joke Prospector. This companion workbook turns each joke writing technique, from Chapters 1 and 2 of the paperback, eBook, or audio book of "Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy," into exercises, so now anyone, including you, can learn and practice the skills of writing funny jokes.

Writing Comedy

Writing ComedyUnit Objective: Students will demonstrate a deepening awareness of the comic sketch by writing and performing a nine minute sketch.Life Skill: Students will record life events and observations strengthening their understanding ...

Author: Tracy Lybbert

Publisher: Unistar Books

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 28

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Writing ComedyUnit Objective: Students will demonstrate a deepening awareness of the comic sketch by writing and performing a nine minute sketch.Life Skill: Students will record life events and observations strengthening their understanding of self, work, and life and then stretch this into comic proportions.Theatre Skills:Students will•Create a paragraph describing who they are and how they will project themselves as a comedian.•Develop observation journals of times, places, countries, facts, and people•Write jokes and practice using them on stage•Research jokes and practice jokes of the successful comedians•Create a comedy sketch and perform this.

The Joke s on You

++ THE #1 SELLING BOOK ON COMEDY WRITING ON AMAZON ++ Comprehensive guide for comedy writing.

Author: Stephen Hoover

Publisher:

ISBN: 098974650X

Category: Comedy

Page: 218

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++ THE #1 SELLING BOOK ON COMEDY WRITING ON AMAZON ++ Comprehensive guide for comedy writing. Along with a history of comedy and theories about what makes us laugh, the book covers comedy writing in all forms -- sketches, jokes, sitcoms, and feature films. Ideal guide and textbook. Latest edition has an additional dozen Appendix pages as well as 50 photographs.

The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing

A guy walks into a bar... With this guide, aspiring comics will learn to navigate the complex world of comedy writing. Discover how to tap into your natural sense of humor through real-life examples and hands-on skill-building exercises.

Author: Mike Bent

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9781440501746

Category: Reference

Page: 304

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A guy walks into a bar... With this guide, aspiring comics will learn to navigate the complex world of comedy writing. Discover how to tap into your natural sense of humor through real-life examples and hands-on skill-building exercises. Learn the best ways to come up with ideas and write comedy that gets laughs--every time! Mike Bent, an accomplished stand-up comedian and teacher, provides the inside scoop on techniques to jump-start your comedy writing career, including how to: Develop comic characters for sketches and scenes Create and polish a standup routine Write for TV and movies Use the web to advance your comedy career Everyone loves a comedian. But breaking into this tough field is no laughing matter. After sharpening your comedy-writing skills with this practical (and funny!) guide, you'll feel comfortable adding humor to everyday situations and may even take a chance on your dream job in show business!

The Art of Comedy Writing

I didn't mean to destroy your sense of humor. A thousand pardons. It was an unfortunate accident. What The Art of Comedy Writing does is show you how comedy ...

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351305709

Category: Reference

Page: 136

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Just as a distinctive literary voice or style is marked by the ease with which it can be parodied, so too can specific aspects of humor be unique. Playwrights, television writers, novelists, cartoonists, and film scriptwriters use many special technical devices to create humor. Just as dramatic writers and novelists use specific devices to craft their work, creators of humorous materials?from the ancient Greeks to today's stand-up comics?have continued to use certain techniques in order to generate humor. In The Art of Comedy Writing, Arthur Asa Berger argues that there are a relatively limited number of techniques?forty-five in all?that humorists employ. Elaborating upon his prior, in-depth study of humor, An Anatomy of Humor, in which Berger provides a content analysis of humor in all forms?joke books, plays, comic books, novels, short stories, comic verse, and essays?The Art of Comedy Writing goes further. Berger groups each technique into four basic categories: humor involving identity such as burlesque, caricature, mimicry, and stereotype; humor involving logic such as analogy, comparison, and reversal; humor involving language such as puns, wordplay, sarcasm, and satire; and finally, chase, slapstick, and speed, or humor involving action. Berger claims that if you want to know how writers or comedians create humor study and analysis of their humorous works can be immensely insightful. This book is a unique analytical offering for those interested in humor. It provides writers and critics with a sizable repertoire of techniques for use in their own future comic creations. As such, this book will be of interest to people inspired by humor and the creative process?professionals in the comedy field and students of creative writing, comedy, literary humor, communications, broadcast/media, and the humanities.

Comedy Writing Self Taught

In Comedy Writing Self-Taught, Gene Perret, a three-time Emmy Award winner and former head writer for Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller, teaches you how to teach yourself the essential principles of writing stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, and ...

Author: Gene Perret

Publisher: Quill Driver Books

ISBN: 1610352203

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 175

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No one is born a comedy writer. No matter how much innate talent you have, you need to learn, develop, and hone comedy writing techniques to make it as a professional comedy writer. Fortunately, the best teachers are as close as your TV set. By studying the great comedians of the past and present, in current shows, reruns, and DVD collections, you can give yourself a Ph.D. training in comedy writing. In Comedy Writing Self-Taught, Gene Perret, a three-time Emmy Award winner and former head writer for Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller, teaches you how to teach yourself the essential principles of writing stand-up comedy, sketch comedy, and sitcom scripts-all by observing, analyzing, and recreating the work of master comedians and comedy writers. Entirely designed for self-study at home, Comedy Writing Self-Taught shows you how to select the right "comedy mentor" for your personal style of comedy, how to analyze your mentor's techniques, and how to use your mentor's principles in your own original comedy writing. Numerous drills and exercises help you develop your comedy writing creativity, and there are even more exercises and writing workouts in the companion volume Comedy Writing Self-Taught Workbook. You'll do the work-and it will require work-but in return you'll get a master class in professional comedy writing, and you'll have fun doing it. Book jacket.