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Show Me the Funny!: At the Writers' Table with Hollywood's Top Comedy Writers

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Enjoy a unique glimpse into the intelligent and quirky inner workings of the comedic mind! Show Me the Funny! presents 28 top comedy screenwriters from the revered figures of television's “Golden Age” to today's favorite movie jokesters. Authors Desberg and Davis put an innovative spin on the traditional interview: each writer was given the same loosely structured comedic premise and asked to develop it in any way he or she wanted-no rules, no ...
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Show Me the Funny!: At the Writers' Table with Hollywood's Top Comedy Writers

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Overview

Enjoy a unique glimpse into the intelligent and quirky inner workings of the comedic mind! Show Me the Funny! presents 28 top comedy screenwriters from the revered figures of television's “Golden Age” to today's favorite movie jokesters. Authors Desberg and Davis put an innovative spin on the traditional interview: each writer was given the same loosely structured comedic premise and asked to develop it in any way he or she wanted-no rules, no boundaries, no limits! The result is a hilarious and illuminating look at the comic process.

INCLUDES:
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!

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781402768415
  • Publisher: Sterling
  • Publication date: 11/2/2010
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 637,507
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Peter Desberg
Peter Desberg is the author of 16 books. A licensed clinical psychologist who specializes treating stage fright, he has worked with many top stand-up comedians. Peter has been full professor at California State University Dominguez Hills for the past 30 years and has done extensive research on the psychology of humor. He is frequently quoted in national publications, including the Wall Street Journal, Reader's Digest, Psychology Today, and Cosmopolitan.

Jeffrey Davis began his career writing jokes for Thicke of the Night. Among his situation comedy credits are Love Boat, Give Me a Break, Different Strokes, and Night Court. He has also written for such shows as America's Funniest People, America's Funniest Home Videos, and Bugs Bunny's 50th Birthday, and has had film projects developed by Bette Midler's All Girl Productions. He is an associate professor of film and TV writing at Loyola Marymount University.

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  • Posted January 16, 2011

    Should be required reading for creative writers!

    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.

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