The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even If You're Not

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Silman-James Press, 1994 - Humor - 191 pages
17 Reviews
A straightforward, often humorous workbook approach to comedy writing as creative problem-solving. In it, veteran Hollywood comedy writer John Vorhaus offers his tools of the trade to writers, comics, and anyone else who wants to be funny. Among these indispensable tools are Clash of Context, Tension and Release, The Law of Comic Opposites, The Wildly Inappropriate Response, and The Myth of the Last Great Idea. Readers will learn that comedy = truth and pain (the essence of the comic situation), that fear is the biggest roadblock to comedy (kill the ferocious editor within and rich, useful comic ideas will flow), and much more.

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Review: The Comic Toolbox: How to Be Funny Even If You're Not

User Review  - Lillian K. Union - Goodreads

Entertaining, practical, nuts and bolts approach to writing humor. His advice on dealing with the "last idea we had is the last good idea we'll ever have" syndrome is worth the price of the book alone. Read full review

Review: The Comic Toolbox: How to Be Funny Even If You're Not

User Review  - Daniel - Goodreads

The sub-title of this book makes it sound really cheesy but this is actually a pretty fun guide to writing different types of comedy. Read full review

About the author (1994)

John Vorhaus is best known as the author of "The Comic Toolbox: How to Be Funny Even if You're Not". He is also the author of the six-volume Killer Poker series, plus miscellaneous other books on the subject, including the novel "Under the Gun".

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