The Art of Comedy Writing

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.

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781351305709

Category: Reference

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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 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!

The Hidden Tools of Comedy

Kaplan deconstructs secrets and techniques in popular films and TV that work and don't work, and explains what tools were used (or should have been used ).

Author: Steve Kaplan

Publisher:

ISBN: 1615931406

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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While other books give you tips on how to “write funny,” this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. The Hidden Tools of Comedy unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy. Kaplan deconstructs sequences in popular films and TV that work and don’t work, and explains what tools were used (or should have been used).

The Cheeky Monkey

The book is an analytical study and practitioner's guide to the art and provides useful exercises to aid developing writers' comedy - writing skills. It explores the seven distinct principles that have evolved for sitcom and takes the re.

Author: Tim Ferguson

Publisher:

ISBN: 1459660013

Category:

Page: 436

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"The Cheeky Monkey" is written by one of Australia's most accomplished performers and writers of comedy. The book is an analytical study and practitioner's guide to the art and provides useful exercises to aid developing writers' comedy - writing skills. It explores the seven distinct principles that have evolved for sitcom and takes the reader through each stage and how to apply it to their own writing.

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.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Comedy Writing

The Art of Comedy Writing Van Gogh, Mozart, Groucho—comedy is an art. And like fine art, comedy needs creativity and inspiration to flourish. Part 3 will help you get in touch with your creative nature and bring your unique flair to the ...

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.

Now That s Funny

Previous edition, published in 2010, has other title information: at the writers' table with Hollywood's top comedy writers.

Author: Peter Desberg

Publisher:

ISBN: 0757004458

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 384

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Authors Peter Desberg and Jeffrey Davis present 24 of Hollywood's top comedy writers with the same generic comedy premise and examine how each writer approaches the creative writing process.

Humor Psyche and Society A Socio Semiotic Analysis

This book will be of particular interest to university students studying courses in humour, comedy, popular culture, applied semiotics, American politics and culture, and cultural studies.

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Vernon Press

ISBN: 9781648890451

Category: Social Science

Page: 140

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It is the age-old saying that “laughter is the best medicine”. Scientific research has substantiated the claim made by this proverb by verifying the positive effects it has on both our mind and body, but what is it about a good joke, comic, or sitcom that makes us laugh? Humor, Psyche and Society is a compilation of Berger’s previously published articles and new chapters on the nature of humour, its importance for our psyches, and its social and political significance. Written in an accessible style, it uses semiotics, psychoanalytic theory, sociological theory, as well as other theories of humour to explore the multifaceted nature of humour, various styles of jokes and sitcoms. Using Berger’s typology of forty-five techniques found in all forms of humour, developed to explain what makes us laugh, this book analyses a variety of humorous texts. Balancing theory, entertaining jokes and other humorous texts, as well as the author’s illustrations, the chapters in this book delve into a diverse range of topics such as humour and the creative process, humour and health, and visual humour; along with an examination of the sitcoms Frasier and Cheers; and finally, the exploration of jokes including Jewish jokes, and jokes on Russia and Communism, and Trump. This book will be of particular interest to university students studying courses in humour, comedy, popular culture, applied semiotics, American politics and culture, and cultural studies. Due to the accessible nature of this book, the general public may find it to be both a fascinating and entertaining read.

How the Great Comedy Writers Create Laughter

This is a rare chance to eavesdrop on the successful old pros. It's also a delight to sit back, open the book and enjoy!--Adapted from dust jacket.

Author: Larry Wilde

Publisher: Burnham, Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105036647498

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 285

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Probably what distinguishes man from other animals is his ability to laugh. Why does he laugh? That's easy. How do you make him laugh? That's not so easy. In fact, it's a near-impossible question to answer. It's the question which Larry Wilde, a writer and stand-up comic, took to the top laugh provokers in the nation. He visited them, switched on his tape recorder and let them talk. And what talk it is! In a relaxed manner we learn how the great comedy writers got started and how they stay on top. They're the geniuses who shape the one-liners for Bob Hope, who create the characters of "All in the Family," who dream up the foolery and fun of Guys and Dolls, or the topical newspaper column which punctures the pompous. How do the great comedy writers work their miracles? Goodman Ace says it's a matter of phrasing. One word out of place and the magic is lost. He says there's a rhythm that has to be present to make the material funny. And the others agree. No one really knows what makes a comedy writer. Many of them have had unhappy childhoods or have known poverty, but more important is an attitude toward life. Abe Burrows comments: "Humor is a way to keep from killing yourself." Art Buchwald feels that humor basically is hostility but sugar-coated so it is acceptable, so that one can make pungent comments through humor and not have rocks thrown at him. It's a matter sometimes of laughing at the way the world runs to keep from crying. The great comedy writers agree the best material is based on truth. The audience recognizes the false and won't respond. You can't hate your subject and be funny. Wilde asks probing questions on how a beginner can get started, what shapes a comic, whether there are any rules for writing humor, and how you know what has been written will make an audience laugh. He gets profound answers, amusing anecdotes, and fascinating inside information. Top professionals talk about constructing a situation for a television series, how stage shows are rewritten again and again on tryout runs, and the peculiar difficulties of writing for film. This is a rare chance to eavesdrop on the successful old pros. It's also a delight to sit back, open the book and enjoy!--Adapted from dust jacket.

Writing the Romantic Comedy Revised and Updated Edition

"Whether you're a first-time screenwriter, an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, or a professional wanting to explore the latest genre trends, this ... guide to the basics of crafting a winning and innovative script will take ...

Author: Billy Mernit

Publisher: Harper Paperbacks

ISBN: 0062950266

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 480

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"Writing the Romantic Comedy is so much fun to read it could pop a champagne cork."--Alexa Junge, writer and producer of Friends Revised and expanded to celebrate a new generation of romantic comedies, Billy Mernit's insightful look into the mechanics of writing Hollywood's most enduring genre features case studies that reveal the screenwriting secrets behind classics new and old. Whether you're a first-time screenwriter, an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, or a professional wanting to explore the latest genre trends, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning and innovative script will take you step by step from "meet cute" all the way to "joyous defeat." You'll learn the screenwriting secrets behind some of the funniest scenes ever written; how to create characters and dialogue that getsparks flying; why some bedroom scenes sizzle and others fall flat; and much more. Written in a refreshingly accessible style and updated and expanded to recognize the contributions of a fresh generation of romantic comedies, this newly revised 20th Anniversary edition of Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic classics such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve to modern-day favorites including Hitch, (500) Days of Summer, Bridesmaids, and Silver Linings Playbook. Field-tested writing exercises are also included, guaranteed to short-circuit potential mistakes and ensure inspiration.

The New Comedy Writing Step by Step

Art. of. Routining. If. you've written twenty-five to thirty-five jokes on one topic, that's commendable. Many of my writer friends say that they don't enjoy writing but are proud of having written. Humorist Peter De Vries said, ...

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.

Zen and the Art of Stand up Comedy

An insider's look that explains stand-up comedy. How to get ideas, and write jokes, how to take the stage and master delivery and timing and how to market yourself.

Author: Jay Sankey

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0878300740

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 214

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An insider's look that explains stand-up comedy. How to get ideas, and write jokes, how to take the stage and master delivery and timing and how to market yourself.

When the World Laughs

The Science of When We Laugh and Why, 14. 10. 11. Weems, Ha! The Science of When We Laugh and Why, 120. Arthur Asa Berger, The Art of Comedy Writing (New Brunswick, NJ: Transaction, 1997), 4. Berger, The Art of Comedy Writing, chap. 1.

Author: William V. Costanzo

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780190924997

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 380

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When the World Laughs is a book about the intersection of humor, history, and culture. It explores how film comedy, one of the world's most popular movie genres, reflects the values and beliefs of those who enjoy its many forms, its most enduring characters and stories, its most entertaining routines and funniest jokes. What people laugh at in Europe, Africa, or the Far East reveals important truths about their differences and common bonds. By investigating their traditions of humor, by paying close attention to what kinds of comedy cross national boundaries or what gets lost in translation, this study leads us to a deeper understanding of each other and ourselves. Section One begins with a survey of the theories and research that best explain how humor works. It clarifies the varieties of comic forms and styles, identifies the world's most archetypal figures of fun, and traces the history of the world's traditions of humor from earliest times to today. It also examines the techniques and aesthetics of film comedy: how movies use the world's rich repertoire of amusing stories, gags, and wit to make us laugh and think. Section Two offers a close look at national and regional trends. It applies the concepts set forth earlier to specific films-across a broad spectrum of sub-genres, historical eras, and cultural contexts-providing an insightful comparative study of the world's great traditions of film comedy.

Basics Animation 01 Scriptwriting

SCRIPTWRITING ASA BERGER, A. (1 997) The Art of Comedy Writing (New Brunswick: Transaction) ASA BERGER, A. (1 997) Narratives (Thousand Oaks & London: Sage) BLUM, R. (2001) Television and Screenwriting (Boston & Oxford: Focal Press) ...

Author: Paul Wells

Publisher: AVA Publishing

ISBN: 9782940373161

Category: Art

Page: 184

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The Basics Animation series follows on from the successful title The Fundamentals of Animation and offers a concise but comprehensive account of a number of definitions and approaches to script, drawing upon the available literature. The book adopts a straightforward approach that is diagnostic, advisory and characterized by a range of examples. Most importantly, Basics Animation: Scriptwriting seeks to promote the distinctiveness of animation as a form of expression, and provides a clear account of the choices and approaches available to the scriptwriter / animator / director, and the particularities of each model. Inevitably, some of these models will have common approaches, but equally, there will be localized variations dependent upon the definition/understanding of animation adopted by individuals, companies and studios.

Serious Guide to Joke Writing

This comprehensive joke writing masterclass has been devised for beginners and experienced joke writers alike.

Author: Sally Holloway

Publisher: Book Shaker

ISBN: 1907498370

Category: Comedy

Page: 212

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This comprehensive joke writing masterclass has been devised for beginners and experienced joke writers alike. The techniques you will learn can be used again and again to write funny and original material. You hold in your hands the key to unlocking your inner comedy genius.

Writing Humor

In Writing and Reading across the Curriculum , 301-79 . 3d ed . Glenview , IL : Scott , Foresman , 1988 . Berger , Arthur Asa . The Art of Comedy Writing . New Brunswick , NJ : Transaction , 1997 . Scripts : Writing for Radio and ...

Author: Mary Ann Rishel

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 0814329608

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 329

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The professor of writing analyzes short fiction, sketches, essays, and scripts to discover the secrets of humorous writing and then offers aspiring writers practical advice on how to write humor, comedy, satire, parody, and nonsense. Simultaneous. (Literature)

The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing

From stand-up to sketch - all you need to succeed in the world of comedy Mike Bent. people laugh, not because I myself am funny, but because of my experience and success in writing in which I start by making myself laugh. Never fails.

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!

Comedy Made Easy

Comic Insights, The Art of Stand-up Comedy. SilmanJames Press, 2002. 2. ... The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing. Adams Media, 2009. ... Helitzer, Mel. and Shatz, Mark, Comedy Writing Secrets. Writer's Digest Books, 2005. 9.

Author: David Kline Lovett

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 9781456625016

Category: Humor

Page: 308

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This book helps you to write and deliver jokes to attract more money, honey and health into your life. What makes this book unique is that it has 123 joke templates. The templates allow even someone who considers themselves as not funny the ability to easily write and present original funny jokes. This book is much more than simply writing and delivering jokes. When one has the ability to create and present original humor they have the power to create a better world for themselves. Having the gift of humor gives you more: 1. Health 2. Wealth 3. Love It is proven than laughter and humor improves your health, that funny people are more liked and respected. People who are more liked and respected have an easier path to more financial success.