The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing

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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.After all, if youa#39;re telling an Oscar-winning actor that youa#39;ve seen aquot;Better acting when my kids are trying to con me into staying home from ... Every comedy play, movie, and novel is a type of story comedy. ... More important, comedians use well-crafted jokes to move the story forward. ... Every time David Letterman or Jay Leno opens his show with topical jokes, he is performing a current events monologue.

Title:The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing
Author:James Mendrinos
Publisher:Penguin - 2004-07-06


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