The New Comedy Writing Step by Step

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Linden Publishing, Jul 1, 2007 - Performing Arts - 288 pages
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Three-time Emmy Award-winner Gene Perret's "Comedy Writing Step by Step" has been the manual for humor writers for 25 years. In this new book, his first update, Perret offers readers a treasure trove of guidelines and suggestions covering a broad range of comedy writing situations, along with many all-important insights into the selling of one's work. Perret covers all aspects of comedy writing in his uniquely knowledgeable and anecdotal fashion.
 

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Are you a good university writer, or a good business or journalism writer? Well hang on because writing comedy is a challenge. Perret has written for the biggest comics and in his book he peels the ... Read full review

Contents

You Can Write Comedy
3
Yes It Can Be Learned
11
The Skills Youll Need
15
Comedy as a Hobby
24
Comedy as a Second Income
28
Comedy as a Career
37
Write Read and Listen
49
ComedyWriting Exercises
58
Keeping a Comedy
143
Sketch Writing
149
Sitcom Writing
196
The Proper Attitude
215
Getting Your Career
223
Practicing Your Trade
231
Completing Speculative Work
239
Marketing Your Material
244

The Value of Monologues
81
Getting Ready to Write
89
Getting the Jokes Flowing
98
The Art of Routining
108
Shortcuts to Humor
125
Writing to Your Audience
135
The Answer to the Question Everyone Wants to Ask
253
Sample Movie Script
260
Index
265
About the Author
268
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Gene Perret has been a professional comedy writer since the early 1960s, writing stand-up material for Slappy White and Phyllis Diller, among others. He began in television in 1968 on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. He wrote for Laugh-In and collected three Emmys as a staff writer on The Carol Burnett Show. Gene was on Bob Hope's writing staff for twenty-eight years, the last twelve as Hope's head writer. He traveled with the Hope troupe to several of the Christmas shows from war zones. He produced Welcome Back Kotter, Three's Company, and The Tim Conway Show. Today he lives in Southern California and teaches email classes in comedy writing. His hobbies include painting, sketching, and playing the guitar. He paints rather well, sketches adequately, but you don't want to listen to his guitar playing. No one does.

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