The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing

The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing

From Stand-up to Sketch, All You Need to Succeed in the World of Comedy

eBook - 2009
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A guy walks into a bar . . . With this guide, aspiring comics will learn to navigate the complex world of comedy writing. Aspiring comics discover how to tap into their natural sense of humor through real-life examples and hands-on skill-building exercises. They'll learn the best ways to come up with ideas and write comedy that gets laughs--every time! Mike Bent, an accomplished stand-up comedian and teacher, provides readers with the inside scoop on techniques to jump-start their comedy writing careers, including how to:Develop comic characters for sketches and scenesCreate and polish a standup routineWrite for TV and moviesUse the web to advance comedy careersEveryone loves a comedian. But breaking into this tough field is no laughing matter. After sharpening their comedy-writing skills with this practical (and funny!) guide, readers will feel comfortable adding humor to everyday situations, and may even take a chance on a dream job in show business!
Publisher: Avon, Mass. : Adams Media, c2009.
ISBN: 9781440501746
1440501742
9781440521645
1440521646
Characteristics: 1 online resource (xiv, 287 p.)
Contents: Top ten things you should know about comedy
What are you, a comedian?
You know more than you think you do
The funny five
Comedy secret no. 1: we're all in the same boat
Worship the notebook
Comedy secret no. 2: the power of lists
The power of questions
Let's get sketchy
Types of sketches
Writing with others
Styles of stand-up
Writing for stand-up
Performing stand-up comedy
Parody and satire : "it's a floor wax, and a dessert topping!"
Writing sitcoms
Movies
Making "sense" of comedy
Places to be funny
DIY fame : YouTube, MySpace, and beyond
The scouts were right: be prepared!
Summary: A guy walks into a bar . . . With this guide, aspiring comics will learn to navigate the complex world of comedy writing. Aspiring comics discover how to tap into their natural sense of humor through real-life examples and hands-on skill-building exercises. They'll learn the best ways to come up with ideas and write comedy that gets laughs--every time! Mike Bent, an accomplished stand-up comedian and teacher, provides readers with the inside scoop on techniques to jump-start their comedy writing careers, including how to:Develop comic characters for sketches and scenesCreate and polish a standup routineWrite for TV and moviesUse the web to advance comedy careersEveryone loves a comedian. But breaking into this tough field is no laughing matter. After sharpening their comedy-writing skills with this practical (and funny!) guide, readers will feel comfortable adding humor to everyday situations, and may even take a chance on a dream job in show business!

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