How to Be Funny: Discovering the Comic in You

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Prometheus Books - Humor
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No one knows more about comedy than Steve Allen. For more than five decades as a writer, performer, and keen observer of the social scene, he has looked into every aspect of who's funny, what's funny, and why. Allen shares his discoveries in How to Be Funny, the book designed to help everyone develop their special talent for funniness.Now reissued in paperback, How to Be Funny covers all the basics, including joke telling, ad-libbing, writing humorously, performing comedy, emceeing, and much more. Allen takes you inside the world of comedy, from the early writings of Mark Twain, to the more contemporary work of Rodney Dangerfield and Bill Maher. Allen even provides homework assignments for the budding comic!Yet How to Be Funny is far more than just a book for aspiring comedians it will help anyone who wants to be a more amusing conversationalist, a more effective public speaker, and everyone who just wants to be the life of the party.Steve Allen (Los Angeles, CA) is the creator of the Tonight Show and PBS's award-winning program Meeting of the Minds. He is the author of many books on a wide range of topics for both children and adults. Jane Wollman (New York, NY) is a journalist who has written regularly for The New York Times, Newsday, and USA Today.
 

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Gives some great rules and explainations for different types of humor and how they are delivered. Read full review

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Contents

Your Gift for Funniness
1
What Is Funniness?
9
Constructing Jokes by Formula
18
The Instantaneous AdLib
55
Enriching the Script with AdLibs
81
AdLibbing Offstage
105
Writing Monologues Sketches and Comic Essays
113
Creating Television Satire
136
Satire in Print
180
Performing Standup Comedy
192
Doing Characterizations
236
Television Talk Show Comedy
254
The Uninhibited Approach to TV Comedy and Talk
268
How to Sell Jokes
284
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Steve Allen (Los Angeles, CA) is the creator of the Tonight Show and PBS's award-winning program Meeting of the Minds. He is the author of many books on a wide range of topics for both children and adults. Jane Wollman (New York, NY) is a journalist who has written regularly for The New York Times, Newsday, and USA Today.

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