The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing

From stand-up to sketch - all you need to succeed in the world of comedy Mike
Bent. Top 10 Things You Should Know about Comedy Writing 1. Writing comedy
is hard work, but the work can feel like play if you approach it the right way. 2.

Author: Mike Bent

Publisher: Everything

ISBN: 9781605501680

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

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: Language Arts & Disciplines

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

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

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.

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: 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 Secrets

The Must-Have Guide to Humor Writing Bring on the funny! With Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition, you can discover the secrets of humor writing that will keep your readers rolling in their seats.

Author: Mark Shatz

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781599639635

Category: Reference

Page: 240

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The Must-Have Guide to Humor Writing Bring on the funny! With Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition, you can discover the secrets of humor writing that will keep your readers rolling in their seats. Learn the basics of joke construction, as well as in-depth comedy-writing techniques that you can apply to a variety of print and online markets. If your aim is to make 'em laugh--and make a career in comedy writing--then look no further. In this completely revised and refreshed edition, you'll discover: • Hundreds of updated one-liners, anecdotes, and bits from top comedians like Louis C.K., Conan O’Brien, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Rodney Dangerfield, Jon Stewart, Steve Martin, Ellen DeGeneres, Jimmy Fallon, George Carlin, Zach Galifianakis, Stephen Colbert, Erma Bombeck, and more. • Exclusive tips for injecting humor into articles, speeches, advertisements, greeting cards, and more. • New instruction on writing for online markets and social media. • Advice on brainstorming and editing to beat writer's block and generate new material. • Exercises and expanded instructions for exaggeration, reverses, word play and more to practice and refine your writing skills. For more than twenty years, Comedy Writing Secrets has helped humor writers of all skill levels write and sell their work. With Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition, you'll be laugh-out-loud funny and leave readers wanting more.

Comedy Writing Step by Step

Gene Perret offers the reader a treasure trove of guidelines and suggestions covering a very broad range of comedy writing situations, along with many all-important insights into the selling of your work.

Author: Gene Perret

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 0573606056

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 281

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A seasoned professional comedy writer offers a treasure trove of guidelines and suggestions covering a broad range of comedy writing situations, and many all-important insights into selling work.

The Complete Idiot s Guide to Comedy Writing

Author: James Mendrinos

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781440696206

Category: Reference

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.

The Art of Comedy Writing

Earlier in this discussion of comedic techniques, I dealt with coincidence and
used Sheridan's The School for Scandal as an example. Joseph Surface is
attempting to seduce Lady Teazle when Sir Peter Teazle pays an unexpected
visit.

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

Discover the building blocks of sketches, jokes and sitcoms – and make them
work Tony Kirwood. 8. WRITING. SKETCHES: SUBMITTING. YOUR. WORK.
SUBMITTING. IN. VOLUME. No onewillbe impressed ifyouonly send in one
sketch at a ...

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 Play writing

Comedy . 1. Kinds of Comedy . - The general character of comedy has been
indicated in a foregoing chapter . Its kinds are by no means so numerous as
those of tragedy , nor is it so difficult to distinguish between them . What has been
said ...

Author: Alfred Hennequin

Publisher:

ISBN: IOWA:31858006022994

Category: Drama

Page: 187

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Writing Comedy for Television

Brian Cooke, creator of the popular 'Keep it in the family' series, and co-writer of such series as 'Father dear father', 'Man about the house', 'Robin's Nest' and 'George and Mildred', on how to present a professional television script.

Author: Brian Cooke

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 0413518302

Category: Comedy programs

Page: 157

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Brian Cooke, creator of the popular 'Keep it in the family' series, and co-writer of such series as 'Father dear father', 'Man about the house', 'Robin's Nest' and 'George and Mildred', on how to present a professional television script.

Writing the Comedy Movie

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.

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 New Comedy Writing Step by Step

Revised and Updated with Words of Instruction, Encouragement, and Inspiration
from Legends of the Comedy Profession Gene Perret. Shortcuts to Humor
Following are a few ideas that I (a little presumptuously) call “shortcuts to humor.

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.

The Secrets to Writing Great Comedy

The most common mistake that new comedy writers make is writing a sitcom
before they know how to write jokes. I get people applying to the comedy degree I
run who tell me they have written a sitcom and they haven't even done stand-up ...

Author: Lesley Bown

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781444136456

Category: Humor

Page: 192

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The Secrets to Writing Great Comedy will show you how to unlock your inner anarchist and write fantastic comedy, using a combination of practical exercises and creative inspiration. Whatever your preferred genre, from sitcom to sketch show, you will fi nd guidance on everything from wordplay and visual humour to plots, characters and different styles. There is even detailed coverage of how to submit, copyright and, most importantly, get your work noticed.

Comedy Writing

Examines the power of comedy and shows the reader how to be a successful writer of this genre.

Author: Jenny Roche

Publisher: Hodder Education

ISBN: 0340730544

Category: Comedy

Page: 186

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Examines the power of comedy and shows the reader how to be a successful writer of this genre.

Writing Humor

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.

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)

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

View: 170

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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.? "

Comedy Writing 4 Life

I like to write with music. I almost can't write without it, and what's up with that
freaky thing? It's as if when the music stops I'm too alone with my thoughts. How
weird that I need a level of distraction in order to function creatively. But that's my
way ...

Author: John Vorhaus

Publisher: Bafflegab Books

ISBN:

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 90

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Like all of John Vorhaus's books on writing (The Comic Toolbox, Creativity Rules; that list goes on), Comedy Writing 4 Life makes the creative process easy, fun and accessible to absolutely everyone. Whether you're into stand-up, sketch or improv, situation comedies or comic screenplays, cartoons, video, blogging, whatever, you're going to find so much value in this slim volume that your head will literally explode. Literally. Pieces of it will be found for miles around. You'll learn the fundamental secret of comedy (no secret; comedy is cruelty), how to use filters to create comic characters, simple storytelling shortcuts, and just tons more. With pithy advice like, "Fail big!" and plenty of entertaining exercises that you can do as you go, CW4L presents a simple, effective guide to success in comedy writing and beyond. If you're serious about being frivolous, this little book will change your comedy writing for life.