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Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Book on How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny, And Get Paid For It By Melvin Helitzer Mark Shartz,

  • Title: Comedy Writing Secrets: The Best-Selling Book on How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny, And Get Paid For It
  • Author: Melvin Helitzer Mark Shartz
  • ISBN: 9781582973579
  • Page: 240
  • Format: Paperback
  • The Only Handbook for Humor Writers What is comedy Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke Steve MartinBecome 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 than a decade, Comedy Writing Secrets has been gThe Only Handbook for Humor Writers What is comedy Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke Steve MartinBecome 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 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 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 Tap into your comedic genius with Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, and you ll always leave em laughing
    Comedy Writing Secrets The Best Selling Book on How to Think Funny Write Funny Act Funny And Get Paid For It The Only Handbook for Humor Writers What is comedy Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke Steve MartinBecome the funniest person in the room With Comedy Writing Secrets nd

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    1. OK, but keep in mind that if you have to read a book, especially many books, you re probably not funny I was asked by my students how I got into standup comedy I performed for over five years in Boston and LA They asked, Did you take classes No Never I find that too much studying of technique for intuitive based skills is counter productive You can certainly improve your comedy with some reading especially seeing how those who came before you did it I read a book about the early careers of peopl [...]

    2. A great reference book for this humor writer Although I believe comedy is instinctual,studying different masters methods helped me create a variety of funny characters with different voices.

    3. Attention humor writers You need to KNOW humor One reviewer asked if you can teach funny I don t know if you can or not but if you claim to be a funny writer, then you need to take humor seriously and read all you can on the matter I LOVE this book because it breaks different types of jokes down into technical elements sound dry it s not, but I kinda geek out over joke structure and the law of threes I just may create a list of good resources for people who want to be known as funny writers I d [...]

    4. Six words don t let the cover fool you It s beyond corny, I know Melvin wanted to emphazise that if you ever consider being a humor writer physical humor is underrated An overabundance of physical humor is annoying No doubt about it But see any Rowan Atkinson s sketch and try to rewrite it without using physical humor It s like sending an NBA player to score a triple double after amputating his left leg What we should do, as a writer, is learn what make us laugh And then use it to our advantage [...]

    5. Although intended for comedy writers, it rather gives off the impression of being a joke book with some thoughts as to how the jokes are constructed Many popular stand up comedians, such as George Carlin, Richard Pryor, Lenny Bruce, Chris Rock, Lewis Black, Dave Chapelle are quoted and often Special attention is payed to the rule of threes and of course the Christian trinity and other biblical examples are brought out as proof of it s efficiacy The introduction warns the reader that reading this [...]

    6. This is a great primer on the construction of humour A little quote heavy, and yes it does read like a textbook at times, but it pays off with actual information which is rarer than you would think in most books on comedy on the process of using words to elicit laughs.

    7. Thus far I m enjoying the process purchased to assist in developing some key characters in my writing, this has given me a new perspective and understanding of how comedy works.

    8. Form behind funnyI learned different ways to look at life and how to perform it with maximum impact Great education in writing comedy every day.

    9. This book was on my nightstand in a constant state of being read for 2 years It s so densely wonderful and useful I use it in the online course I designed and teach for Antioch University Rub a Little Funny on it Humor in Short Fiction It covers all the bases and is marvelously thorough It includes prompts and exercises If you re already a professional comedy writer it will make you better if you re a novice you ll be cracking people up on a regular basis after studying this wonderful book which [...]

    10. I thought this book was decent until I got to the Why We Laugh chapter, and then it all unwound The theory Helitzer presents is that we laugh either out of surprise or out of superiority I tried hard to give his theory a fair chance, but I simply disagreed with almost everything he said on the topic.Surprise, yes, is a big component of humor but I don t think it s close to an adequate explanation, and I don t think superiority is related to humor at all Perhaps it s just me personally, but when [...]

    11. It comes back to the age old question for comedy Can you teach funny This book does it best to provide technique, formulas, and devices It also provides a lot of actual jokes and bits for dissecting Where it wanders for me is, it tries to teach comedy in a scattershot manner, from how to compose sitcom scripts to writing humor for, of all things, greeting cards and t shirts A book that explores humor in stand up AND in cartooning is reaching, in my opinion And, ultimately, while the author can e [...]

    12. Comprehensive Guide To ComedyI was impressed with the vast humor techniques and ground covered in this book Lots of practical techniques for play on words POWs whether on stage or in writing articles, jokes, speeches, advertisements, sitcoms, etc Recommended reading for budding humorist.

    13. The first half was the basic how to write a joke stuff you find in any number of books I m not sure how useful these sort of things really are I suspect that no amount of theory will help someone who doesn t have the feel for humor The second part was much helpful with tips on selling jokes, writing speeches and routine, and workflow strategy.

    14. Maybe I m just not capable of being funny I ll give this one another try at some point, but it didn t seem to help me at all It might be okay for other people, though, so don t discount it just because I didn t get much out of it.

    15. A bit disorganized in my opinion, but Helitzer does write out the prerequisites for humor something we are all naturally aware of, but often do not know how to capture the elements in terms of words.

    16. The book touched a lot of different genres in comedy writing, but was shallow in all subjects I would rather gone for going deep in universal truths in comedy, not a quick primer on standup followed by a quick primer on writing funny greeting cards.

    17. Though it takes forever to read, there are some fun tips and useful information throughout Of course, the highlights of every page are the one liners.

    18. I first read this book while I was still in high school, and I m surprised at how much of my knowledge of writing humor especially, but writing in general as well comes from this single book.

    19. Its a one Just kidding It s a 5 No, it s a 2 No, just kidding I got absolutely nothing out of it No, really, check out page 149 Here Mel says it all.

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