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What Are You Laughing At?: How to Write Funny Screenplays, Stories, and More

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At last. A how-to book by someone who actually knows how to. — Larry Gelbart

Audience: Writers, screenwriters, novelists or any writer who want to learn how to write comedy.

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Overview

At last. A how-to book by someone who actually knows how to. — Larry Gelbart

Audience: Writers, screenwriters, novelists or any writer who want to learn how to write comedy.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780941188838
  • Publisher: Wiese, Michael Productions
  • Publication date: 1/1/2004
  • Pages: 304
  • Sales rank: 1,347,134
  • Product dimensions: 6.09 (w) x 8.99 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Foreword
Ch. 1 Comedic Structure 1
Ch. 2 Screenwriting 13
Ch. 3 Fiction vs. Nonfiction 29
Ch. 4 Forms of Fiction 43
Ch. 5 Forms of Nonfiction 65
Ch. 6 Theme/Setting 97
Ch. 7 Story 113
Ch. 8 Character 129
Ch. 9 Dialogue 149
Ch. 10 Rhythm and Sound of Words 169
Ch. 11 Other Styles of Humor Writing 191
Ch. 12 Other Prose Humor Forms 213
Ch. 13 Other Media 237
Ch. 14 Digital Marketing 249
On Reflection: Being a Writer 259
Bibliography 263
Filmography 267
Permissions 269
Index 270
About the Author 278
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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 5, 2005

    Who, Me?!

    So someone once asked me, ¿Pamela, do you write comedy?¿. ¿Not on purpose¿, I replied. But now, with the help of a really funny guy who wrote a really helpful book, I can make a good go at it. Like Brad Schreiber himself, this book is intelligent, witty, accessible, inspiring, and fun. It offers overviews of various forms of humor, theories of humor, examples of humor, excerpts from humorists, practical advice on writing funny, and even provocative exercises that guarantee at least a giggle, most often a guffaw. As a story consultant myself, I recommend Brad¿s book to my writing clients. As a reader, I recommend Brad¿s book to anyone -- writer, speaker, performer -- who wants to lighten their life and the presentation of their message with humor.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2004

    All Hail the Yoda of Comedy!!!

    If the Algonquin Round Table were still in business, Brad Schreiber would be sitting naked in the middle of it. This Hollywood hot-shot is wittier than Woody Allen and more fun than a live octopus in your BVDs. In this rib-tickling tome, he shares all of his devilish secrets with us, breaking down the art of humor writing to its bare bodkin, with plenty of comedic Jedi mind tricks you won't learn anywhere else. Well worth the minimum dolo you'll dish out for this puppy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2004

    How to Write Funny by an Expert

    Writing humorously, whether in screenplays or stage plays, fiction or nonfiction, does not come easily for many writers. Here's an appealing and informative guide to the craft of writing humor by an expert writer and teacher. He includes examples from his own experience (and from his own classes on humor writing) and from a wide range of literary genres, along with useful writing exercises. This not just one more useful book on the craft of writing, it is also one of the most engaging books of its kind. All kudos to Mr. Schreiber for his fun guide.

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