Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister

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Faber & Faber, Aug 18, 2011 - Performing Arts - 208 pages
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Jonathan Lynn's credits include creating and co-writing the long-running comedy series Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, as well as hit films Clue, My Cousin Vinny, Nuns on the Run and The Whole Nine Yards. With experience as a comedy actor, writer and director, here Jonathan Lynn shares valuable and hilarious lessons in all aspects of creating great comedy, all illustrated with brilliantly insightful and revealing anecdotes about his work and the legedary actors, writers and comedians he's worked alongside.

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Part-autobiography, part-tutorial, part-ramble, Jonathan Lynn’s look back at his career in acting and directing and in particular in comedy writing is full of excellent advice for those aiming to ... Read full review

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Jonathan Lynn's prolific career spans more than four decades as a director, screenwriter, producer and actor in films, television and theatre, as well as bestselling author and novelist. His many movies include Nuns on the Run (which he also wrote), My Cousin Vinny, The Whole Nine Yards and Wild Target. Jonathan Lynn and Antony Jay's BAFTA award-winning political comedy Yes, Minister first aired on BBC2 in 1980 and ran until 1984. The sequel, Yes, Prime Minister, ran from 1986 until 1988. The programmes have been seen in 84 countries. Lynn and Jay also wrote three novels based on the series which cumulatively sold more than a million copies in hardback, were on the British top-ten bestseller list for three years and have been translated into numerous languages.

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