How To Write Comedy

Funny Women (www.funnywomen.com): Helping women toperform,writeand do business with humour; runs competitions for female standup comedians and comedywriters. The Writers' Guild ofGreat Britain (www.writersguild.org.uk): The tradeunion ...

Author: Tony Kirwood

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781845285616

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 208

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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.

The Art of Comedy Writing

And I've found that when my students learn these techniques, they are able to write some excellent scripts. There is one requirement: if you are going to use these techniques, you've got to have a sense of humor.

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 9781412835930

Category: Literary Criticism

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.

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:

ISBN: 1845285255

Category: Comedy

Page: 208

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Writing the Comedy Movie

Keith Giglio notes in Writing the Comedy Blockbuster (2012) that you can't be a 'soft' writer. This does not mean being offensive per se, but R and Unrated movies are sold on this aspect (e.g. the American Pie franchise).

Author: Marc Blake

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781628925937

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

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It is often suggested that there are 'secrets' to comedy or that it is 'lightning in a bottle', but the craft of comedy writing can be taught. While comedic tastes change, over time and from person to person, the core underpinning still depends on the comedic geniuses that have paved the way. Great comedy is built upon a strong foundation. In Writing the Comedy Movie, Marc Blake lays out – in an entertainingly readable style – the nuts and bolts of comedy screenwriting. His objective is to clarify the 'rules' of comedy: to contextualize comedy staples such as the double act, slapstick, gross-out, rom com, screwball, satire and parody and to introduce new ones such as the bromance or stoner comedy. He explains the underlying principles of comedy and comedy writing for the screen, along with providing analysis of leading examples of each subgenre.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Comedy Writing

The thing I've come to hold most sacred in comedy writing is that input equals output. And the best way to learn how to write well is to write. Do yourself a favor and combine these two ideas. Spend some time every day exploring ...

Author: James Mendrinos

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440696206

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 501

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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.

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.

Writing Comedy

An American writing colleague recently suggested that the most important question a comedy writer needs to ask is not the 'What am I trying to write jokes about?' one we are discussing here, but 'What am I trying to write comedy about?

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.

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!

Writing Comedy

How to use funny plots and characters, wordplay and humour in your creative writing Lesley Bown, Lesley Hudswell ... You will already have your own preferences and an instinct for the type of comedy you want to write, ...

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.

Writing Comedy

Stand - up comedy material : swiping it from someone else's act . The rise of ' alternative comedy in the 1980s introduced a ' singer / songwriter ' style of comedy where the performer made much of the fact that they also wrote all ...

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.