The Art of Comedy Writing

The same applies to comedy writing . If you don't have a good sense of humor , if you don't like to laugh ( and don't have the desire to make other laugh ) ...

Author: Arthur Asa Berger

Publisher: Transaction Publishers

ISBN: 1560003243

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 127

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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 holds that the approaches which a comic selects and the way in which they are applied define a comic's hallmark style.

Writing Comedy

How to use funny plots and characters, wordplay and humour in your creative ... Books on comedy writing Ashton, Brad,How toWrite Comedy (Hamish Hamilton, ...

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

of writing topical gags more daunting than writing other kinds of joke. ... 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.

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

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.

Writing the Comedy Movie

There is no fundamental difference in writing comedy from any other screenplay, and the principles of character (Joseph Campbell's 'The Heroes Journey'), ...

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

You need to understand each part of the equation in order to write effective comedy. You have to get the audience to understand what you're talking about to ...

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.

Comedy Writing Secrets

HONE YOUR HUMOR WRITING Erma Bombeck's legacy continues via the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, held biennially at the University of Dayton.

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

Bob Mills is a former attorney who turned to comedy writing. He began writing for Dinah Shore, spent two seasons working on Dean Martin's TV show, ...

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.

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: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781408151754

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 208

View: 548

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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 and Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays

And how do they write heartwarming stories for a genre thatisconstantly evolving, from bromcom to zomcom to famcom? Writing and SellingRomantic Comedy ...

Author: Craig Batty

Publisher: Oldcastle Books

ISBN: 9781843441113

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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What happens when 'happy ever after' isn't quite so simple? Today's attitudes to love and romance are as varied and diverse as individuals, and audiences want and need more sophisticated, authentic films that show how we live and love now. So what does this mean for the screenwriter developing a romcom? And how do they write heart-warming stories for a genre that is constantly evolving, from bromcom to zomcom to famcom? Writing and Selling Romantic Comedy Screenplays offers a fresh approach to creating narratives for this ever-changing genre. Moving away from rigid and limited definitions that have evolved out of mainstream genre films, the book embraces a working definition that crosses cultural and national boundaries to give screenwriters around the world a truly international perspective on writing comedic love stories. It will be the first screenwriting guide to reflect the diversity of approaches in today's films that deal with the human need for emotional and physical intimacy using humour - the contemporary romantic comedy.

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

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: 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.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Comedy Writing

Provides advice for writing comedy, including television scripts, plays, feature films, cartoons, and stand-up jokes, and includes information on using comedy in business presentations.

Author: James Mendrinos

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1592572316

Category: Reference

Page: 328

View: 265

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Provides advice for writing comedy, including television scripts, plays, feature films, cartoons, and stand-up jokes, and includes information on using comedy in business presentations.

Writing the Romantic Comedy

Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve, as well as field-tested writing exercises guaranteed to short-circuit potential ...

Author: Billy Mernit

Publisher: Harper Collins

ISBN: 9780060935030

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

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From the slapstick shenanigans of Hepburn and Grant in Bringing Up Baby to the sexy repartee of Shakespeare in Love, romantic comedies have delighted filmgoers -- and challenged screenwriters -- since Hollywood's Golden Age. Whether you're a first time screenwriter, or an intermediate marooned in the rewriting process, this thoroughly charming and insightful guide to the basics of crafting a winning script will take you step by step from "cute meet" 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 set the sparks flying; why some bedroom scenes sizzle and others fall flat; and much more. Writing the Romantic Comedy features case studies drawn from beloved romantic comedies such as When Harry Met Sally, Annie Hall, Tootsie, and The Lady Eve, as well as field-tested writing exercises guaranteed to short-circuit potential mistakes and ensure inspiration.

Novel Writing Imagination on The Page

goes into a bakery and comes out with a loaf of bread, that is not funny. ... To write comedy one has to put these comic tactics to good use and the first ...

Author: Eugene Doyen

Publisher: Lulu.com

ISBN: 9781291112665

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Writing for Video Games

This subjectivity means it is very difficult to write comedy that will appeal to everyone and to try would probably lead to the humour feeling forced at ...

Author: Steve Ince

Publisher: A&C Black

ISBN: 9781408141687

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 192

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Video games is a lucrative new market for scriptwriters but writing for video games is complex and very different to traditional media (tv or film). This practical guide shows how you can adapt your writing skills to this exciting medium. Written by an award-winning games writer, the book gives you a realistic picture of how games companies work, how the writer fits into the development process, and the skills required: from storytelling, to developing interactive narrative, characters and viewpoints, dialogue comedy and professional practice. Illustrated with examples from games and quotes from developers, writers and agents, this is a cutting edge professional writing guide at a very accessible price.

A Masterclass in Dramatic Writing

I wrote the play very quickly, so what came out was quite raw, quite unconscious, and there was a lot of humor. Not because I was trying to write a comedy, ...

Author: Janet Neipris

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317421139

Category: Reference

Page: 168

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For decades writers have competed to enroll in the legendary Master classes led by Janet Neipris at New York University Tisch School of the Arts, and across the globe. Several generations of playwrights, screenwriters, and television writers have been inspired and educated by her. Her newest book provides the next best thing to studying with her around the seminar table. It’s wise, engaging, focused. The fourteen chapters, organized like a semester, guide the writer week-by-week and step-by-step to the completion of a first draft and a rewrite. There are Weekly Exercises and progressive Assignments. Chapters include Beginnings, Creating Complex Characters, Dialogue, Escalating Conflicts, Endings, Checkpoints, Comedy, and Adaptation. For professional writers, teachers, and students, as well as anyone who want to complete their first piece. What’s important is that you will finish. Janet will be guiding you to The End. An award winning playwright and Professor of Dramatic Writing at NYU, Janet Neipris has written for Screen and Television. She has also taught dramatic writers at UCLA and in China, Australia, Indonesia, South Africa, Italy, and in the UK at Oxford, CSSD, University of Birmingham, and the University of East Anglia. Previous publications include To Be A Playwright (Routledge 2006). Janet Neipris’s plays and letters are in the Theatre Collection of Harvard University’s Houghton Library.

Writing Comedy

An indispensable guide to comedic scriptwriting for television, radio, film and stage.

Author: Ronald Wolfe

Publisher: Robert Hale Limited

ISBN: 0709074131

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 190

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An indispensable guide to comedic scriptwriting for television, radio, film and stage.

Jokes Joke Writing Workbook

Nothing worse than being mocked by a blank page when trying to write new material. This workbook can help turn joke-killing creative blocks into jokes that kill. Bad Perm Unicorn ◆ Because the world has never needed more FUNNY than now.

Author: Bad Perm Unicorn

Publisher:

ISBN: 9798669011765

Category:

Page: 108

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More Funny for Less Money ★ 5 Step System to Write Jokes Faster & Funnier Introducing the Joke Builder System --> 5 Step System to Write Jokes Faster & Funnier. You'll be writing jokes that deliver in no time! From page to stage, the Jokes: Joke Writing Workbook will help transform your funny ideas and stories into stage-ready material. Developed by a comedian, this is unlike any other joke writing workbook. Most stand-up comedy notebooks and journals use the same pre-fab templates. (Dare you to check out the 'Look Inside' feature on other listings.) Boring and uninspired! Our Joke Builder System is a fresh approach to the process of crafting solid material. Full disclosure: Your jokes won't write themselves. We're not that good. BUT, we believe our system will help keep the creative process well-lubed. AND what comic doesn't appreciate a well-lubed process? ✔ Check Out the Funny-Inducing Features : Joke Builder System: 5 Guided Writing Prompts per Joke Developed by Emmy-Winning Comedian ('cuz comedians aren't a dime a dozen, right?) Plenty o' Room to Workshop Jokes: Two pages per joke Size Matters: 6x9" Notebook->Great size to work on the go or on the futon Protection First: Glossy Cover helps repel all kinds of liquids (Don't ask. Don't tell.) 100% Organic, Free Range & BPA-Free! Nothing worse than being mocked by a blank page when trying to write new material. This workbook can help turn joke-killing creative blocks into jokes that kill. Bad Perm Unicorn ◆ Because the world has never needed more FUNNY than now.