Comedy Writing Secrets

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The Only Handbook for Humor Writers!

"What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."—Steve Martin

Become the funniest person in the room! With Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, you can master the fundamentals of humor writing and turn your comedic talent into a well-paying pursuit.

For more than a decade, Comedy Writing Secrets has been giving aspiring comedians a leg up on the competition. In this ...

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Overview


The Only Handbook for Humor Writers!

"What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."—Steve Martin

Become the funniest person in the room! With Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, you can master the fundamentals of humor writing and turn your comedic talent into a well-paying pursuit.

For more than a decade, Comedy Writing Secrets has been giving aspiring comedians a leg up on the competition. In this expanded new edition, Mel Helitzer, named the "funniest professor in the country" by Rolling Stone magazine, and funnyman Mark Shatz pack in even more insight and instruction, including:

  • Humor writing exercises to punch up your jokes
  • Extra information on writing for sitcoms and stand-up
  • Comedic brainstorming techniques using associations and listings
  • Exclusive tips for writing humor for specific markets like editorials, columns, speeches, advertising, greeting cards, t-shirts, and more
Tap into your comedic genius with Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, and you'll always leave 'em laughing!

Covers the basics of comedy writing, and how to turn comedic talent into a well-paying pursuit. Includes more than 1,000 examples from today's top comics.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781582973579
  • Publisher: F+W Media, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/1/2005
  • Edition description: 2ND
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 313,854
  • Product dimensions: 5.98 (w) x 8.94 (h) x 1.03 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 27, 2006

    Comedy Writing Secrets Get Better and Better

    The new 2nd edition of Comedy Writing Secrets is more than a joy, it's an inspiration. I love the fact that the authors give encouragement along with hundreds of tips on comedy structure and format. There's also dozens of practice examples. I started out writing a funny answering machine response and I've noticed even strangers are calling me just to get a chuckle. Next time I'll suggest they send me their VISA card number.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 24, 2001

    Simply The Best

    Not only do I recommend this book, I will go as far as to tell you to get your hands on it any way you can (Avoid theft if possible). Mel Helitzer has written an outstanding book for not only comedian/comedianne hopefuls, but for anyone who can read.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2006

    If you want to be funny, read this book

    No matter where you are at being a funny person, if you want to create humor with other people, read this book and read it several times. This is one of the best written books on humor that I've ever read. And I've read it several times to really get the full feeling of it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 21, 2002

    Humor writing made logical and easy

    I do a lot of public speaking in my profession, my church and my political organization. Because of "Comedy Writing Secrets" I learned how to start off each speech with a smile, include humorous anecdotes and get off stage to a standing ovation. Now that's something to cheer about.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 31, 2000

    It is the bible of the industry

    This is the first book that takes comedy and humor writing and makes it readable, logical and inspiring. I teach the course at Ohio University and I never knew that comedy has so many formulas, techniques and personas. My humor writing class is one of the most popular in the university and there is a one year waiting list to get in. Other professors are so envious, they're waiting patiently for me to retire or die. Strange, because with humor, we often die every day. The only problem with the book is that I have to keep reordering Comedy Writing Secrets because it constantly gets stolen off my desk. No one steals my book on qualitative research analysis.

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