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The Cheeky Monkey: writing narrative comedy
by Tim Ferguson
From one of Australia's most successful comedians comes The Cheeky Monkey, a practitioner's guide to the art of comedy writing. Both insightful and practical, The Cheeky Monkey explains the principles of sitcom writing and guides the reader in how to apply them. Seeded with exercises to aid the developing comedy writer, this book will help you to: Write jokes Create funny ...more
Paperback, 1, 217 pages
Published March 1st 2010 by Currency Press
(first published 2010)
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As a student of Tim's and having read this book I find it an invaluable source of information on comedy and the structure of jokes. It covers principles, gag categories, sitcom writing, designing ongoing characters, episode writing, humor and story and selling a sitcom. My copy is well-worn and highlighted as I love it to bits!
I've been an admirer of Tim and his work since I was young, and his books haven't disappointed. After reading this, I was lucky enough to have been able to taken part in a Comedy Writing Masterclass with Tim and constantly find myself referring to his advice, tips and tricks of the trade in my own writing. Fantastic book from a very funny man worthy of penning it! Thanks, Tim - loved it!
Amazing. A solid textbook of comedy techniques, with illustrations. Everything from writing a gag to creating a sit-com. Written from experience. No padding. The result left me feeling overwhelmed and knowing I have to read this one again.