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

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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)

Writing Humour

Side-steps rules, philosophy and the numerous academic theories of laughter, and sets out in practical terms a way of finding your own entry into the joyful and rewarding pursuit of humourous writing.

Author: Ken Pearson

Publisher: How to Books Limited

ISBN: 1857032586

Category: Humor

Page: 144

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Side-steps rules, philosophy and the numerous academic theories of laughter, and sets out in practical terms a way of finding your own entry into the joyful and rewarding pursuit of humourous writing.

Ellis Parker Butler on the Fine Art of Writing Humor

And the same with the writer who is desirous of writing humor. Undoubtedly the
genius is a born creature; nevertheless, one can be so trained that one's brain
will function along the lines of humor.” Mr. Butler is of the belief that the best
medium ...

Author: Ellis Parker Butler

Publisher: Wildside Press LLC

ISBN: 9781434458841

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 48

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Ellis Parker Butler (1869-1937) was the author of more than 2,000 stories and essays, as well as 30 books. He remains most famous for his short story "Pigs is Pigs," in which a bureaucratic stationmaster insists on levying the livestock rate for a shipment of two pet guinea pigs, which soon start proliferating geometrically. This collection reveals his thoughts on writing humor, including "Ten Rules for Humor" and "How I Sell My Stories."

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 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 Deer on a Bicycle

Humorist Patrick McManus explains several facets of writing humor and provides twelve stories with commentary on each, as well as a list of humor writers he admires.

Author: Patrick F. McManus

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105064160463

Category: Humor

Page: 188

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Humorist Patrick McManus explains several facets of writing humor and provides twelve stories with commentary on each, as well as a list of humor writers he admires.

Writing Humor

- careful analysis- practical suggestions- hands-on examples

Author: Ian Bernard

Publisher:

ISBN: 1592660231

Category: Humor

Page: 204

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- careful analysis- practical suggestions- hands-on examples

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: Language Arts & Disciplines

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.

Disquiet Please

The New Yorker is, of course, a bastion of superb essays, influential investigative journalism, and insightful arts criticism. But for eighty years, it’s also been a hoot.

Author: David Remnick

Publisher: Random House

ISBN: 9781588368034

Category: Humor

Page: 544

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The New Yorker is, of course, a bastion of superb essays, influential investigative journalism, and insightful arts criticism. But for eighty years, it’s also been a hoot. In fact, when Harold Ross founded the legendary magazine in 1925, he called it “a comic weekly,” and while it has grown into much more, it has also remained true to its original mission. Now an uproarious sampling of its funny writings can be found in a hilarious new collection, one as satirical and witty, misanthropic and menacing, as the first, Fierce Pajamas. From the 1920s onward–but with a special focus on the latest generation–here are the humorists who set the pace and stirred the pot, pulled the leg and pinched the behind of America. S. J. Perelman unearths the furious letters of a foreign correspondent in India to the laundry he insists on using in Paris (“Who charges six francs to wash a cummerbund?!”). Woody Allen recalls the “Whore of Mensa,” who excites her customers by reading Proust (or, if you want, two girls will explain Noam Chomsky). Steve Martin’s pill bottle warns us of side effects ranging from hair that smells of burning tires to teeth receiving radio broadcasts. Andy Borowitz provides his version of theater-lobby notices (“In Act III, there is full frontal nudity, but not involving the actor you would like to see naked”). David Owen’s rules for dating his ex-wife start out magnanimous and swiftly disintegrate into sarcasm, self-loathing, and rage, and Noah Baumbach unfolds a history of his last relationship in the form of Zagat reviews. Meanwhile, off in a remote “willage” in Normandy, David Sedaris is drowning a mouse (“This was for the best, whether the mouse realized it or not”). Plus asides, fancies, rebukes, and musings from Patty Marx, Calvin Trillin, Bruce McCall, Garrison Keillor, Veronica Geng, Ian Frazier, Roy Blount, Jr., and many others. If laughter is the best medicine, Disquiet, Please is truly a wonder drug.

Humor

A few other authors have also addressed the difficult task of how to write humor
or comedy . For instance , Berger's ( 1997 ) The Art of Comedy Writing presented
45 specific techniques that he asserted must be used to generate humor in ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105133509930

Category: Wit and humor

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Humor Comedy Sketch Writing

This is the Best Time, in the History of the World, to Write Humor Multimedia Writing - And the Field is Still Wide Open - The Importance of a Writing Journal - Importance of Zen Questions - Samples of Multimedia Writing Comic Perspective & ...

Author: Ed Toolis

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 1518818854

Category: Humor

Page: 196

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All the hard-won lessons I've learned, over the years, about writing humor. This is the Best Time, in the History of the World, to Write HumorMultimedia Writing * And the Field is Still Wide Open * The Importance of a Writing Journal * Importance of Zen Questions * Samples of Multimedia WritingComic Perspective & Humor as a Spiritual Quest to See the World in a Unique WayAn Open Letter from All of Mankind * A Little Known Fact * What is a Comic Perspective? * Theories of Where Humor Comes from * Humor Style * Two Approaches * What to Look for Bottom Up Approach to Finding a Comic Perspective: Where Do Comic Characters Come From? * In the Types of Relationships * In Dysfunctional Relationships * in Character Flaw in Occupations * In Stereotypical Roles * with Circularity * in Inner Conflict * in Environments, Settings or Situations * in Reality TV ConceptsTop Down Approach to Finding a Comic Perspective: with Theme and Story * form Books of Lists * in Self-Help Books * in Painful Truths Research & the Psychology of CreativityAdvantages of doing research * Types of research - active and passive Research Brainstorming Lists: Getting the Most Out of Articles * Breaking Down a Broad Theme into Topic to Explore * Using Stereotypes in Self-Help Books to Create Material * Using Self-Improvement Articles to Create Comic Characters Sketch/Story Structure & the Social Psychology of "Memorable Moments"Humor is more dependent on proper structure than any other form of writing * Planning the Sketch or Story * Sketch/Story Structure * Beat Outline * The Game of the Scene * Advance Storytelling Types of Sketches or StoriesGroup Dynamics in Sketches * Types of Sketch "Plots" * Sketches Lifted from the Media * Sketches that Play with Time * Special Forms for the Theater The Writing ProcessGoals of Each Layer: For simple, 600-1500 words projects * For long, more complex projects * Revision and Self-Improvement * Pre-Sketch Brainstorming List * Uses of Subtext in HumorCharacterization & the Social Psychology of Making Characters Come Alive on the Page & on the StageFirst impression: Socioeconomic status * Setting and roles * Type of stereotypical characters * Temperament * Motivation Emotional Reactions: Changes in mood or attitude * Dialog tags in prose writing & parentheticals in sketch scripts * Body language * Looks * How words are said * Internal Monologue * Sketch structure, emotional musicality and character transformations * Why It's So Difficult to Get the Words to Come Out of Your Mouth the Way You Hear Them in Your Head * Body Language Styles of High & Low Status CharactersSolo Sketch & the Social Psychology of a Great ConversationWriting in First Person * What is solo sketch? * The Social Psychology of a Great Conversationalist or Solo Sketch Structure * Types of solo sketch or journeys * Personality & Character Traits and What You Can Do with Them * The Interior Monologue and Doing Research on Yourself * Doing Character Studies * Performance Evaluation ChecklistThe Social Psychology of Satirical News ItemsWhy Satirical Writing? * Forms of Satirical Writing * Turning News Items to Headline News Stories * Turning News Items to Stories * Recycling Current Events Humor * The Psychology of Publicity Stunts * A Current Events Brainstorming List

The Writer

Send for writer ' s guide . ... Human - interest pieces , 200 to 500 words ; short
lyrical verse , some humorous . ... B Process " for WRITING JOKES AND
HUMOROUS DIALOGUE plus our brochure " HOW TO WRITE COMEDY AND
HUMOR FOR ...

Author: William Henry Hills

Publisher:

ISBN: UOM:39015067425101

Category: Authorship

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Let the Laughs Begin

LET THE LAUGHS BEGIN! teaches kids how to apply comedic writing tools and provides an excellent tool for developing language and reading skills, enhancing the creative writing curriculum.

Author: Karen Jennings

Publisher: Good Year Books

ISBN: 0673363511

Category: Education

Page: 64

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Teachers, learn how to turn laughter and joking in your classroom into a creative opportunity--teach comedy as a writing tool and use comedy as a learning facilitator. LET THE LAUGHS BEGIN! teaches kids how to apply comedic writing tools and provides an excellent tool for developing language and reading skills, enhancing the creative writing curriculum.

Humor and Cartoon Markets

Needs humorous illustration for all occasion and seasons , and humorous
greeting card series ( illustrations and writing ) . Humorous Illustration : For first
contact send promo piece and ideas to J. Levitt , Vice President . To query with
specific ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: PSU:000015732279

Category: Comic books, strips, etc

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Damn That s Funny

Written by television comedy writer Gene Perret, a three-time Emmy Award-winner and longtime head writer for Bob Hope.

Author: Gene Perret

Publisher: RSM Press

ISBN: 1884956440

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 199

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In Damn! That’s Funny!, readers learn from a true pro what makes readers laugh, how to write humorous pieces, how to add humor to serious articles, and how to market their material. Written by television comedy writer Gene Perret, a three-time Emmy Award-winner and longtime head writer for Bob Hope.

Reader s Digest Treasury of Humorous Writing

Reader ' s Digest Treasury of HUMOR US WRITING Robert Benchley , Donald E .
Westlake , Eric Hodgins Erma Bombeck , S . J . Perelman , Robert Crichton
Richard Powell , Leonard Q . Ross , James Thurber Treasury of HUMOROUS ...

Author:

Publisher: Readers Digest

ISBN: 0895772248

Category: American Wit & Humor

Page: 638

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Fifteen Steps to Better Writing

Humor comes in all shapes and sizes . There are jokes and puns and riddles -
humor that twists the lips and humor that causes loud guffaws - humor that is witty
and humor that is slapstick . But - in writing - humor must be relevant . It must ...

Author: Berbrich

Publisher:

ISBN: 0877206732

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 301

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Writing the Creative Article

Writing Humor I have no business trying to tell anybody how to write humorous
articles . Mine aren ' t funny enough to stand as humorous pieces in themselves .
I think they ' re funny , some editors think they ' re funny — but not many think they
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Author: Marjorie Holmes

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105036755382

Category: Authorship

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How to Write Funny

The definitive comedy-writing handbook from one of the genre's most celebrated writers, this easy-to-follow guide lays out a clear system for creating humor that gets big, milk-coming-out-of-your-nose laughs, reliably and repeatably.

Author: Scott Dikkers

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 1499196121

Category: Education

Page: 136

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The definitive comedy-writing handbook from one of the genre's most celebrated writers, this easy-to-follow guide lays out a clear system for creating humor that gets big, milk-coming-out-of-your-nose laughs, reliably and repeatably. You'll learn...• the three sure-fire ways to generate material• the 11 kinds of jokes and how to tell them• the secret to permanently overcoming writer's block• and many more tips, tricks and techniques