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Writing humor is subjective and challenging - thankfully, there are many ways to create it. "How to Write Funny" provides advice, insights and humor from more than twenty writers with a gift for making readers laugh.In a diverse collection of articles and interviews, both classic and new, this esteemed group of writers, including Dave Barry, Bill Bryson and Jennifer Crusie ...more
Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 15th 2001 by Writers Digest
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John G.
I'm a stand-up comedian, and I found this book to be incredibly helpful and insightful, not so much in the sense of instructing me how to write a joke or perform on stage, but about understanding what humor is and why people laugh. This book is great for helping you figure out where to look for the funny, incredibly literate and insightful analysis into humor and comedy This book is geared more towards humorists than it is comics, but I found it to be one of the most helpful examinations of humo ...more
Nayad Monroe
This collection of essays and interviews on the subject of writing humor covers a lot of suggestions for how to be funny, and also a fair amount of doubt that it's possible to teach people how to be funny, so there are mixed messages to be found here. The suggestions seem like useful things to try, and it's interesting to see the different perspectives on what humor is and how to approach it. Connie Willis and Esther Friesner bring in specifics about humor in science fiction and fantasy. Reading ...more
Esmeralda
This book is a fun series of essays. The writers all suggest exercises to improve writing or describe their own methods and influences. One writer who surprised me was Jennifer Cruise. I was dismissive of her novels because they have pink covers marketed toward Sex & the City People. She used Dorothy Parker as a model to explain how to construct a funny scene. She dissected it in an articulate manner. I always have liked Dorothy Parker but have never pulled it apart.
James
Another in the Writer's Digest series; well put together, but humor is harder to teach than other aspects of writing, and often when someone dissects it to try to see how it works, the laughter dies on the operating table. Still, this book contains a lot of good advice from some of the funniest writers (I think, anyway) working today, e.g. Dave Barry, Sherman Alexie, Andrei Codrescu, and a long list of others.
Missjgray
look out world, here I come!

This collection of essays proves that it really is not funny to talk about funny. A few good commonplaces to take away, good analysis and deconstruction for practice putting storyline and anecdotes back together. The best essay in the bunch was by Jennifer Crusie about the differences between male and female humor.

Now, for my next trick...
Dan
The interviews with Alexie, Bryson, and Barry at the end of the book are good, but a lot of the essays at the beginning were repetitive, and simplistic. Don't read the whole thing.
Raditya Dika
this collection of essays on comedy writing is not an intended step-by-step workshop kind of book. it's more deeper, designed to answers the ultimate question in life: what makes me laugh?
Bill Lalonde
Something of a mixed bag. Interesting bits, but nothing spectacular.
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