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o Leonard Stern (co-creator of Get Smart) o Sherwood Schwartz (Gilligan's Island, The Brady Bunch) o Peter Casey (co-creator of The Jeffersons, Cheers, Wings, Frasier) o Phil Rosenthal (co-creator of Everybody Loves Raymond) o Ed Decter (co-writer of There's Something About Mary) o and many more!
Posted January 16, 2011
This is a hilarious and insightful book! It truly shows how the best comedy writers can catch 'lightning in a bottle' to create comedic gold. Once they are given the writing premise to expand upon, the results are a peek at the creative minds of the men and women behind the curtain of Comedy. What's revealed is every bit as funny and (at times) strange as you might imagine it to be. They say "Drama is easy, comedy is hard" and yet these hard-working pros make it seem effortless and just like fun and games. Much of their knowledge was learned in the trenches working on hit TV shows and films and their approaches couldn't be more diverse, proving once again that there are a million roads to success. The chapters (each one a separate interview with a famous TV/movie writer or writing team) are long enough to allow for an in-depth creative run at the premise, while short enough to be read quickly and glean just a little bit of the scripted alchemy behind shows like "Cheers," "Everybody Loves Raymond," "The Cosby Show" and "The Honeymooners." I thoroughly enjoyed the concept, learned a lot and would love to see a video series of these interviews done by the authors.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 2, 2011
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