Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Book on How to by Mel Helitzer, Mark Shatz

By Mel Helitzer, Mark Shatz

Up to date and revised, this re-creation of the best-selling favourite permits readers to grasp the basics of humor writing and higher comprehend the calls for of the comedic industry. Comedy Writing secrets and techniques now comprises:
-Examples from comedy greats in addition to state-of-the-art modern comedians, together with Jon Stewart, Chris Rock, and Tina Fey
-A whole spectrum of innovations, from writing one-liners and stand-up exercises, to discovering a marketplace for one's paintings
-Step-by-step writing workouts observed with pattern solutions, so readers can perform and hone their abilities
With this advisor, aspiring comics can the right way to sharpen their comedic expertise and switch it right into a well-paying pursuit.

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I once dated a guy who drank coffee and alcohol at the same time. What a prince. Bad breath, limp dick, and wouldn't go to sleep. —Kris McGaha Many comics use humor based upon deviance from the sexual norm. You know you're gay when you bend over and see four balls. —Garry Shandling Women are also intrigued by ribald humor about sexual activity, because they're as sexually insecure as men about performance and satisfaction. I'm just a huge fan of the penis, and they're all different—like snowflakes.

Good 22 Comedy Writing Secrets jokes do that," said Burrows. To achieve the unexpected twist, it's some¬ times necessary to sacrifice grammar and even logic. He may not be able to sing, but he sure can't dance. A key word sets up the surprise. It gets the audience to assume they know the ending. Notice how the word half works in the following example. My wife and I have many arguments, but she only wins half of them. My mother-in-law wins the other half. —Terry Bechtol There are many ways to achieve surprise.

Freshmen ridicule upperclassmen but have little interest in writing humor about their younger brothers or sisters. Faculty spend very little effort on humor directed at students and much more on material satirizing the administration. In the military echelons of command, noncoms gripe about junior commis¬ sioned officers, who ridicule the major support staff, who in turn snicker about the general's idiosyncrasies, until—so the story goes—General MacArthur's wife once asked him to convert to a religion in which he no longer believed he was God.

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