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The Comic Toolbox

The Comic Toolbox Author John Vorhaus
ISBN-10 1863736859
Release 1994
Pages 161
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A workbook approach to comedy writing as creative problem-solving. It offers tools of the trade such as Clash of Context, Tension and Release, The Law of Comic Opposites, The Wildly Inappropriate Response, and The Myth of the Last Great Idea to writers, comics, and anyone else who wants to be funny.



The Comic Toolbox

The Comic Toolbox Author John Vorhaus
ISBN-10 1879505215
Release 1994
Pages 191
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A straightforward, often humorous workbook approach to comedy writing as creative problem-solving. In it, veteran Hollywood comedy writer John Vorhaus offers his tools of the trade to writers, comics, and anyone else who wants to be funny. Among these indispensable tools are Clash of Context, Tension and Release, The Law of Comic Opposites, The Wildly Inappropriate Response, and The Myth of the Last Great Idea. Readers will learn that comedy = truth and pain (the essence of the comic situation), that fear is the biggest roadblock to comedy (kill the ferocious editor within and rich, useful comic ideas will flow), and much more.



How to Be Funny

How to Be Funny Author Jon Macks
ISBN-10 1451603479
Release 2010-06-15
Pages 192
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An invaluable guide on how to "lighten up" from a distinguished pro who has provided laughs for JAY LENO, BILLY CRYSTAL, STEVE MARTIN, ROBIN WILLIAMS, BRAD GARRETT, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, AND MANY MORE. Who hasn't wished for the perfect withering comeback line, a clever tension-breaking quip, or a winning flirtatious remark? Being funny is hard work and not everyone is a natural. How to Be Funny is a witty guide that teaches readers precisely how to be funnier in everyday life. It's a must-read for anyone who has to speak in public, be engaging and funny at work or at play, or who hopes to one day go out on a date. Jon Macks, a comedy writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, Hollywood Squares, and the nation's top comedians, politicians, and corporate leaders, knows his funny business. Here he demystifies the process of making people laugh, breaks down the basic building blocks and types of humor -- which include self-deprecation, misdirection, deadpan delivery, sarcasm, and "the reverse" -- and reveals the best approaches to use in common situations. How to Be Funny features helpful (and hilarious) tips and anecdotes from the comic legends Mack's worked with -- including Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Gilbert Gottfried, Billy Crystal, Rita Rudner, Dave Barry, and Carrie Fisher -- in his eleven years as one of the nation's top television writers. Whether the goal is to give a memorable public address or deliver a killer line with friends, How to Be Funny is a charming, instructive, and practical read.



How to be funny

How to be funny Author Steve Allen
ISBN-10 0879757922
Release 1992-09-01
Pages 290
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The famous writer and comedian shares his insights into the world of professional comedy and analyzes the different types of humor, showing how each can be developed by anyone



Stand up Comedy

Stand up Comedy Author Judy Carter
ISBN-10 0440502438
Release 1989
Pages 204
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The authur states that she will teach comedy, but to be funny she gives experienced advice, gives assignments, and gives examples from established comedians



The Hidden Tools of Comedy

The Hidden Tools of Comedy Author Steve Kaplan
ISBN-10 1615931406
Release 2013
Pages 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).



You re Funny

You re Funny Author D. B. Gilles
ISBN-10 1932907955
Release 2011
Pages 171
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You're Funny! is the next best thing to being in a comedy writing class. It covers the different ways to earn a living as a comedy writer, including writing sitcoms, jokes for late night talk shows, parody, stand up, and screenwriting. Every day men and women of all ages and walks of life who think they're funny decide to take a shot at making a living writing comedy. Some are fresh out of school. Others are older and have worked in other careers, but find themselves frustrated because they're not doing what they want to do. The majority of these people don't know how to go about becoming a comedy writer. You're Funny! will point them in the right direction and show them how to write.



The Comedy Bible

The Comedy Bible Author Judy Carter
ISBN-10 9780743219020
Release 2010-05-04
Pages 368
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Judy Carter, guru to aspiring comedy writers and stand-up comics, tells all about the biz of being funny and writing funny in this bright, entertaining, and totally practical guide on how to draw humor from your life and turn it into a career. Do you think you’re funny? Do you want to turn your sense of humor into a career? If the answer is yes, then Judy Carter’s The Comedy Bible is for you. The guru to aspiring stand-up comics provides the complete scoop on being—and writing—funny for money. If you’ve got a sense of humor, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it’s creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work. Using the hands-on workbook format that was so effective in her bestselling first book, Stand-Up Comedy: The Book, Carter offers a series of day-by-day exercises that draw on her many years as a successful stand-up comic and the head of a nationally known comedy school. Also included are practical tips and advice from today’s top comedy professionals—from Bernie Brillstein to Christopher Titus to Richard Lewis. She presents the pros and cons of the various comedy fields—stand-up, script, speech and joke writing, one-person shows, humor essays—and shows how to tailor your material for each. She teaches how to find your “authentic” voice—the true source of comedy. And, perhaps most important, Carter explains how to take a finished product to the next level—making money—by pitching it to a buyer and negotiating a contract. Written in Carter’s unique, take-no-prisoners voice, The Comedy Bible is practical, inspirational, and funny.



the little book of SITCOM

the little book of SITCOM Author John Vorhaus
ISBN-10
Release 2012-05-25
Pages 122
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Writing situation comedies isn’t really that hard. So much of what you need to know is already defined for you. You know that your script needs to be a certain short length, with a certain small number of characters. You know that your choice of scenes is limited to your show’s standing sets and maybe one or two swing sets or outside locations. You know how your characters behave and how they’re funny, either because you invented them or because you’re writing for a show where these things are already well established. Sitcom is easy and sitcom is fun. Sitcom is the gateway drug to longer forms of writing. It’s a pretty good buzz and a pretty good ride, a great way to kill an afternoon, or even six months. And now, thanks to comedy writing guru John Vorhaus (author of THE COMIC TOOLBOX: HOW TO BE FUNNY EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT), writing situation comedy is easier than ever. In THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM, you'll find a whole trove of tools, tricks and problem-solving techniques that you can use -- now, today -- to be the sitcom writer of your wildest dreams. Ready to write? Ready to have fun? THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM is the big little book for you.



Serious Guide to Joke Writing

Serious Guide to Joke Writing Author Sally Holloway
ISBN-10 1907498370
Release 2010
Pages 194
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This comprehensive joke writing masterclass has been devised for beginners and experienced joke writers alike. The techniques you will learn can be used again and again to write funny and original material for everything from stand-up sets and speeches through to scripts and business presentations.



Yoga for Your Funny Bone

Yoga for Your Funny Bone Author Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant
ISBN-10 0967448654
Release 2006-01-01
Pages 105
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Yoga for Your Funny Bone has been writing in one form or another for most of life. You can find so many inspiration from Yoga for Your Funny Bone also informative, and entertaining. Click DOWNLOAD or Read Online button to get full Yoga for Your Funny Bone book for free.



Comic Insights

Comic Insights Author Franklyn Ajaye
ISBN-10 1879505541
Release 2002
Pages 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.



Comedy Writing 4 Life

Comedy Writing 4 Life Author John Vorhaus
ISBN-10
Release 2013-10-02
Pages 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.



Born Standing Up

Born Standing Up Author Steve Martin
ISBN-10 9781847395849
Release 2008-09-04
Pages 224
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Steve Martin has been an international star for over thirty years. Here, for the first time, he looks back to the beginning of his career and charmingly evokes the young man he once was. Born in Texas but raised in California, Steve was seduced early by the comedy shows that played on the radio when the family travelled back and forth to visit relatives. When Disneyland opened just a couple of miles away from home, an enchanted Steve was given his first chance to learn magic and entertain an audience. He describes how he noted the reaction to each joke in a ledger - 'big laugh' or 'quiet' - and assiduously studied the acts of colleagues, stealing jokes when needed. With superb detail, Steve recreates the world of small, dark clubs and the fear and exhilaration of standing in the spotlight. While a philosophy student at UCLA, he worked hard at local clubs honing his comedy and slowly attracting a following until he was picked up to write for TV. From here on, Steve Martin became an acclaimed comedian, packing out venues nationwide. One night, however, he noticed empty seats and realised he had 'reached the top of the rollercoaster'. BORN STANDING UP is a funny and riveting chronicle of how Steve Martin became the comedy genius we now know and is also a fascinating portrait of an era.



Comedy Writing Secrets

Comedy Writing Secrets Author Mel Helitzer
ISBN-10 1582976856
Release 2005-09-15
Pages 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!



How to Write Funny

How to Write Funny Author Scott Dikkers
ISBN-10 1499196121
Release 2014-04-18
Pages 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



How to Be Funny

How to Be Funny Author Darryl Littleton
ISBN-10 1495438651
Release 2014-02-06
Pages 76
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Ever wonder why funny people win? Funny guys get the girl. Funny teachers get the awards from students. Voters like politicians that can make them laugh. People who can bring a smile to our faces fare better in life than those who do not. We gravitate to these personalities because they make us feel good even when they're delivering bad news. Some say it's a gift, but is it?True, there are people who are born funny. Whatever they say seems to always get a laugh. However, that doesn't mean they know how to hone this ability. They're natural born comedians, but that isn't any guarantee that they're going to go into the field of comedy. That requires more than just being funny. Professional comedians have to have resilience, perseverance, massive egos, unmitigated gall and the unquenchable desire to show off their gift. The fact they are funny is merely incidental, but it's also a pre-requisite for the job. The question is how really funny do you have to be to be funny enough to reap the rewards of a developed sense of humor? All walks of life can benefit from getting laughs. • Sales People• Lawyers• Politicians• MCs• Telemarketers• Bail Bondsmen• Beauticians• Dentists• Office Managers• Authors / Speakers• Newscasters• Columnists• Bloggers• Clergymen• Motivational Speakers• Tattoo Artists• And of course comediansThe number one fear of most people is speaking in front of an audience. It's right up there above death. That's because people fear rejection. Funny people don't share this fear. Funny people have something to say and so why would you reject them? Funny people are more afraid of dying than talking. This handbook will teach anybody the tools to be funny. If you're a comedian the contents are indispensable. You'll not only refine an act you can take anywhere, but learn the techniques to make adjustments when needed and maximize the tools in your arsenal to brand yourself as a multi-talented performer able to work in a multitude of situations. You'll also learn the invaluable lessons of once you've attained your success, how to maintain your success.If you're amongst the multitude of other non-comedic professions this book is your secret weapon. Your sales will increase. Your congregation will be more attentive. Your employees will be more motivated and nobody will quite know why they like you more. You'll be using the same techniques and mindset of professional laugh creators and finding how much easier your endeavors will become. You can even use the methods in your personal life. Want to nip an impending argument in the bud? Say something funny. Need to talk your way out of a traffic ticket? Make the cop snicker. Going to the DMV? Well, not even a joke can eradicate you from that hell, but you get the drift. Making others happier than before you showed up is the key to navigating through life with greater success. Not only will you get immediate perks; laughing gives the priceless gift of better health. Ever notice that most comedians live to be a ripe old age if they don't take themselves out? You'll look better, feel better and view the world through renewed eyes. Problems that plague the average person mean nothing to funny people because they know how to talk their way out of it. They'll get the right person to laugh. I've been a professional comedian in a career that currently spans over four decades. Throughout my career I've worked as a stand up, comedy actor, producer of comedy, voice-over artist, author of comedy books, promoter of comedy shows, writer for over 100 comedians, interviewer for comedy documentaries, columnist for comedy magazines and I sit on the advisory board of the Comedy Hall of Fame as a comedy historian. I've helped others feed their families and attain comfortable lifestyles through the art of laughter and I'm certain these pages will assist you.