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

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Silman-James Press, 1994 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 191 pages
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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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User Review  - KR_Patterson - LibraryThing

This was a great little book with lots of unexpected bonus cool things. However, my personal opinion is that if you try too hard to be funny by applying tools, it will most likely come out unfunny ... Read full review

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User Review  - Alexandra Stanciu - Goodreads

Some people are blessed with talent for making difficult things look simple, funny and interesting. John Vorhaus is for sure one of them. You can't read or hear him talk about comedy and not feel you're becoming a better writer by the minute. 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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