The Art of Comedy Writing

What The Art of Comedy Writing does is show you how comedy writers create
and have created humor. My argument is relatively simple; I claim that there are
forty-five techniques (no fewer, no more) that comedy writers and all humorists
have ...

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: Penguin

ISBN: 9781582976853

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

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 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.

Zen and the Art of Stand Up Comedy

Much more than a how-to manual Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy is the most detailed and comprehensive book on the subject to date.

Author: Jay Sankey

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136555633

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 232

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In this engaging and disarmingly frank book, comic Jay Sankey spills the beans, explaining not only how to write and perform stand-up comedy, but how to improve and perfect your work. Much more than a how-to manual Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy is the most detailed and comprehensive book on the subject to date.

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 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.

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.

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.

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).

Comic Insights

Presents interviews with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Richard Belzer, Ellen DeGeneres, Richard Lewis, and Roseanne, and includes tips about careers in stand-up comedy.

Author: Franklyn Ajaye

Publisher:

ISBN: 1879505541

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 289

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Presents interviews with such comedians as Jerry Seinfeld, Richard Belzer, Ellen DeGeneres, Richard Lewis, and Roseanne, and includes tips about careers in stand-up comedy.

Writing Television Comedy

Full of laughs and profitable tips for making a living in the business, this book is an invaluable tool for any writer who wants to break into TV comedy.

Author: Jerry Rannow

Publisher: Allworth Press

ISBN: UOM:39015047844363

Category: Humor

Page: 211

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Veteran television writer/producer Jerry Rannow gives aspiring and experienced comedy writers a humorous and eye-opening guide to conceiving, writing, and marketing a winning TV sitcom. Drawing on more than twenty-five years' experience, he tells how to construct a story outline, structure and format scripts, develop character and dialogue, pitch to producers, collaborate with other writers, and work with network and studio executives, producers, directors, agents, writers, and stars. Full of laughs and profitable tips for making a living in the business, this book is an invaluable tool for any writer who wants to break into TV comedy. Allworth Press, an imprint of Skyhorse Publishing, publishes a broad range of books on the visual and performing arts, with emphasis on the business of art. Our titles cover subjects such as graphic design, theater, branding, fine art, photography, interior design, writing, acting, film, how to start careers, business and legal forms, business practices, and more. While we don't aspire to publish a New York Times bestseller or a national bestseller, we are deeply committed to quality books that help creative professionals succeed and thrive. We often publish in areas overlooked by other publishers and welcome the author whose expertise can help our audience of readers.

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.

The Comedy of Eros

Medieval French writers were preoccupied with love and sex. The seven texts in this volume, most of them never before published in English, offer a sample of thirteenth-century vernacular instruction in the art of love.

Author: James B. Wadsworth

Publisher: Urbana : University of Illinois Press

ISBN: UOM:39015017681316

Category: Civilization, Medieval

Page: 133

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Medieval French writers were preoccupied with love and sex. The seven texts in this volume, most of them never before published in English, offer a sample of thirteenth-century vernacular instruction in the art of love.

Writing the Romantic Comedy

Writing the Romantic Comedy is the first screenwriting guide to focus exclusively on the mechanics of this ever-popular genre.

Author: Billy Mernit

Publisher: Collins Reference

ISBN: 0060195681

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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From the slapstick shenanigans of Cary Grant and Katharine Hepburn in Bringing Up Baby to the sexy repartee of Shakespeare in Love, romantic comedies have delighted filmgoers-and challenged screenwriters- since the early days of Hollywood. Writing the Romantic Comedy is the first screenwriting guide to focus exclusively on the mechanics of this ever-popular genre. Whether you're a firsttime screenwriter, an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, or an armchair enthusiast looking for an insider's perspective on what makes the genre tick, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide teaches you everything you need to know in order to craft a winning script. All of the romantic comedy basics are covered-from setting up an interesting and inventive story concept to creating characters that set off sparks, laughs that go deep, and dialogue that gets right to the heart. Written in a refreshingly accessible style, Writing the Romantic Comedy is a lively guide to the essentials of character, theme, and plot development. It features case studies drawn from classic and contemporary romantic comedies as well as field-tested writing exercises that will short-circuit potential mistakes and spark inspiration.

Comedy Writing Secrets

Many respected professionals believe the art of comedy writing can never be
effectively structured or taught. It's their serious opinion that the skills, let alone
the sense, of humor are mystically inherited or molded by such factors as ethnic ...

Author: Melvin Helitzer

Publisher: Writers Digest Books

ISBN: 0898795109

Category: Humor

Page: 325

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A comprehensive guide to writing, selling and performing all types of comedy. Includes comments, advice, gags and routines from top comics.

Finding Your Funny

Finding Your Funny is the new book by award-winning comedian, comedy coach and filmmaker Don Barnhart that explores the Art, Science and Business of Stand Up Comedy.

Author: Jr. Don Barnhart

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1518819451

Category:

Page: 224

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Finding Your Funny is the new book by award-winning comedian, comedy coach and filmmaker Don Barnhart that explores the Art, Science and Business of Stand Up Comedy. With a humorous and heartfelt forward by Comedy Legend George Wallace, Finding Your Funny goes beyond Barnhart's own journey and shares the brutal, often overlooked experience and advice of other comedians, entertainers, managers, agents and bookers. The book includes a no holds barred assessment about what clubs, venues and agents are really looking for as well as many of the things you need to do and avoid if you're looking into making comedy a career. With over 25 yeas of road experience as a comedian, comedy coach and booker, Don Barnhart's book offers great for the open mic comic, professional comedian and comedy fan. It includes personal tragedies, anecdotes and stories one can only get from living a life on the road. Barnhart, who founded The Las Vegas Comedy Institute where he teaches stand up, improv and comedy writing was inspired to write the book after the success of the documentary on his stand up comedy class, Finding The Funny directed by John Bizarre. "The book, Finding Your Funny began as an outline for my comedy class," said Barnhart in a recent phone interview where was performing overseas for the troops with his Battle Comics World Tour. Some of the topics covered in Finding Your Funny are: Can You Teach Funny?, The 'High' Cost of Fame, Getting Booked, Hurdles and Pitfalls, The Truth About Managers, Agents and Other Oddities, The Joke Police and When To Throw In The Towel. Barnhart added, "I tried to answer all the questions I wish I had when I was first starting out. I wanted to give a variety of opinions as there is no one, hard set rule but there are some guidelines to success."

Zen and the Art of Screenwriting 2

This guy had an unparalleled comedy - writing talent . And there was not a joke in
the screenplaythe laughter emerged from the behavior of the characters and their
ironic comments . Within a relatively short time after graduation , this young ...

Author: William Froug

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015050469066

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 330

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A tapestry of Froug's essays and interviews with top screenwriters, producers, and directors. Once again, Froug proves that he can skilfully pull engaging thoughts from his interviewees and, with his own essays, can use both novice and seasoned screenwriters to rethink what they do. The essays are wide-ranging, covering such diverse subjects as creating your own talent, getting your scripts read, avoiding story-structure gurus, entering screenplay contests, a scene-by-scene look at the film Body Heat, Hollywood's rewrite panic, Hollywood's ephemeral enthusiasms, why rooting interest isn't necessary, the stop-start method for studying films, guarding your surprises, reinventing old ideas, and guilt as a writer's tool.

Humour in the Russian Comedy from Catherine to Gogol

... its absence of puns and jokes rather than by their presence , the increasing
perfection of the art more and more tended ... were really funny , yet , since
progress in the art of comedy writing is marked not so much by the cleverness of
isolated ...

Author: Arthur Prudden Coleman

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015002175829

Category: Russian drama

Page: 94

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How to Write Television Comedy

Even in our modern times it may be illuminating to our readers as it was to us , to
discover that American literature is practically devoid of any treatises on the art of
writing comedy . Go to a bookstore or library and ask for a book on " How to ...

Author: Irving Settel

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105034841689

Category: Television authorship

Page: 228

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