The Ten Commandments of Comedy
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The Ten Commandments of Comedy

by Gene Perret
     
 

Beginning comedy writers and performers may think funny can't be taught, but legendary comedy writer Gene Perret, winner of three Emmy Awards, tells otherwise in this guide to what makes a good joke work. Outlining the 10 commandments of comedy, the unbreakable rules that every gag must follow in order to be funny, this book liberates readers and allows them to

Overview

Beginning comedy writers and performers may think funny can't be taught, but legendary comedy writer Gene Perret, winner of three Emmy Awards, tells otherwise in this guide to what makes a good joke work. Outlining the 10 commandments of comedy, the unbreakable rules that every gag must follow in order to be funny, this book liberates readers and allows them to immediately begin writing better and funnier comedy material. By following Perret's commandments, readers will better understand how to write jokes that connect with audiences and discover why unsuccessful material isn't working and how it can be fixed. From the First Commandment ("Thou Shalt Surprise") to the Tenth ("Thou Shalt Be Clever"), this work stands as a fast guide to the essentials of humor that is perfect for business presenters, after-dinner speakers, professional comedians, and anyone who wants to be funny.

Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
Gene Perret, who has written for famous comics, is here to rescue us humor-impaired writers ... Perret's book is first rate ... Stated barebones, the commandments sound obvious. The treasure arrives when Perret provides explanations and examples. —Steve Weinberg, ASJA Monthly

"The Ten Commandments of Comedy" is an amazing tool that contains main rules of comedy. Read and review this book regularly. You are Luke Skywalker about to be taught by the Jedi master Yoda of comedy writing: Gene Perret. —Terry Fator, comedian, ventriloquist, Las Vegas headliner and winner of "America's Got Talent"

Teaches comedy writers to become better through following "ten commandments" of superior comedy writing ... Any involved in the finer art of producing comedy will find this a solid reference offering keys to what makes comedy viable. —California Bookwatch

Must reading for all comedy writers, humorists, and comedians ... also invaluable to any writer or speaker who wants to infuse his skills of comedy writing. From beginning to end, "The Ten Commandments of Comedy" is a treasure trove of information. —Auggie Moore

Well-written, easy-to read ... if you a professional comedian, a public speaker, business presenter or anyone who wants to be funny, this volume is a must-read. —Karen Lee, Laughter RX

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781610351256
Publisher:
Linden Publishing
Publication date:
01/22/2013
Pages:
64
Sales rank:
1,171,268
Product dimensions:
5.30(w) x 8.10(h) x 0.60(d)

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From the Publisher
"The Ten Commandments of Comedy is an amazing tool that contains the main rules of comedy. . . . Read and review this book regularly. . . . You are Luke Skywalker about to be taught by the Jedi master Yoda of comedy writing: Gene Perret."  —Terry Fator, comedian, ventriloquist, winner of America's Got Talent

Meet the Author

Gene Perret has written for many of TV's top-rated shows, including "All in the Family," "Laugh-In," "Mama's Family," and "The New Bill Cosby Show." He is the winner of three Emmy Awards as part of "The Carol Burnett Show" staff and was a producer on "Three's Company" and "Welcome Back, Kotter." He is the author of more than 40 books, including the bestselling "Comedy Writing Step by Step."

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