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 ...
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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Table of Contents

INTRODUCTION Ch. 1 - Comedy Can Be Taught Ch. 2 - Self-Taught Is the Best Taught Ch. 3 - Two Concepts You Can Teach Yourself Immediately Ch. 4 - Learn the Business PART ONE - JOKE WRITING A Brief Introduction into Joke Writing Ch. 5 -- Learn What Good Comedy Is Ch. 6 - Learn To Be Good By Not Being Bad Ch. 7 -- Selecting Your Mentor Ch. 8 - What and How You Should Learn from Your Mentor Ch. 9 - What Do You Write About? Ch. 10 - Preparation and Research Are Part of Learning Ch. 11- Train Yourself to Write Routines Ch. 12 - Find and Study Joke Formulas Ch. 13- Do Comedy Writing Exercises Ch. 14-- You May Want To Skip this Chapter, But Don't PART TWO - SKETCH WRITING A Brief Introduction into Sketch Writing Ch. 15 - Your Best Mentor Is In Your Den Ch. 16 - How to Watch Sketches Ch. 17 - Sketch Endings Ch. 18 - Sketch Writing Exercises PART THREE - SITCOM WRITING A Brief Introduction to Sitcom Writing Ch. 19 - How to Watch Sitcoms Ch. 20 - Sitcom Writing Exercises Ch. 21 - Develop a Situation Comedy Story and Outline a Script Ch. 22 - Write a Situation Comedy Script Ch. 23- Errors to Avoid in Writing a Spec Script PART FOUR - GRADUATION Graduation

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Exceptionally well written, organized and presented, "Comedy Writing Self-Taught" should be considered a must for all aspiring comedians, as well as novice writers trying to write jokes and comedic ideas for those comedians. --Midwest Book Review