Show Me the Funny!: At the Writers' Table with Hollywood's Top Comedy Writers
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...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published November 2nd 2010 by Sterling
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In a way you could skip the MFA in fiction and just read this book really carefully. It's a clever premise - the editors offer a bunch of Hollywood comedy writers a very basic (and kinda lame) premise for a show and then just ask them what they would do with it. The ensuing interviews are pretty surprising - some go with the lame presence (a spoiled and outrageous mom in her 50's moves in with her uptight daughter) and make it interesting, some throw out almost all of the premise just to focus o...more
This is a book that was not an easy read. I found myself having to force myself to read a bit more each time I picked it up. But like medicine, even though the taste was bad the outcome was that I feel I have a lot more insights into the script writing process. The idea of the book is interesting - give 20+ TV writing veterans the same premise and see what they come up with. It is a great idea because instead of just asking them how they write we get to see them in the midst of the creative proc...more