Comedy Writing Self-taught: The Professional Skill-building Course In Writing Stand-up, Sketch, And Situation Comedy by Gene PerretComedy Writing Self-taught: The Professional Skill-building Course In Writing Stand-up, Sketch, And Situation Comedy by Gene Perret

Comedy Writing Self-taught: The Professional Skill-building Course In Writing Stand-up, Sketch, And…

byGene Perret

Paperback | January 15, 2015

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Comedy writing is an acquired skill. No one is born a comedy writer. The desire may be there from an early age, but the techniques must be learned, developed, and honed. Fortunately, the best teachers are readily available. They are the comics of the past and present, the television shows you see daily, both current versions and reruns. They provide your Ph.D. course in humor writing.In "Comedy Writing Self-Taught," Gene Perret, a three-time Emmy Award-winner and former head writer for Bob Hope and Phyllis Diller, teaches you how to teach yourself comedy writing techniques by observing, analyzing, and replicating those who have already mastered the skills. This book not only guides you in selecting the appropriate mentors for your writing and helps you decide what to look for in your studies, it also offers drills and exercises that will develop your creativity. A companion volume, "Comedy Writing Self-Taught Workbook," provides even more exercises and writing workouts.Whether you're writing stand-up routines, TV sketches, or sitcoms, this book clues you in to the fastest, most convenient way to teach yourself the skills you'll need. You'll do the watching, studying, and learning. You'll do the work -- and it will require work -- but you'll also reap the generous rewards, and have fun while teaching yourself to write comedy.
Gene Perret taught himself to write comedy in the early 1960s by studying the technique and the writing style of the great comedians of the day, especially Bob Hope. This led to his writing comedy material for many nightclub performers, including Phyllis Diller and Slappy White. In 1968, Gene was signed to contribute to "The Beautiful ...
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Title:Comedy Writing Self-taught: The Professional Skill-building Course In Writing Stand-up, Sketch, And…Format:PaperbackDimensions:175 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:January 15, 2015Publisher:Linden PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1610352203

ISBN - 13:9781610352208

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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTIONCh. 1 - Comedy Can Be TaughtCh. 2 - Self-Taught Is the Best TaughtCh. 3 - Two Concepts You Can Teach Yourself ImmediatelyCh. 4 - Learn the BusinessPART ONE - JOKE WRITINGA Brief Introduction into Joke WritingCh. 5 -- Learn What Good Comedy IsCh. 6 - Learn To Be Good By Not Being BadCh. 7 -- Selecting Your MentorCh. 8 - What and How You Should Learn from Your MentorCh. 9 - What Do You Write About?Ch. 10 - Preparation and Research Are Part of LearningCh. 11- Train Yourself to Write RoutinesCh. 12 - Find and Study Joke FormulasCh. 13- Do Comedy Writing ExercisesCh. 14-- You May Want To Skip this Chapter, But Don'tPART TWO - SKETCH WRITINGA Brief Introduction into Sketch WritingCh. 15 - Your Best Mentor Is In Your DenCh. 16 - How to Watch SketchesCh. 17 - Sketch EndingsCh. 18 - Sketch Writing ExercisesPART THREE - SITCOM WRITINGA Brief Introduction to Sitcom WritingCh. 19 - How to Watch SitcomsCh. 20 - Sitcom Writing ExercisesCh. 21 - Develop a Situation Comedy Story and Outline a ScriptCh. 22 - Write a Situation Comedy ScriptCh. 23- Errors to Avoid in Writing a Spec ScriptPART FOUR - GRADUATIONGraduation

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Any would-be comedy writer -- especially those just starting out in the genre -- need this and its accompanying workbook. --The Bookwatch