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Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV: How to Write Monologue Jokes, Desk Pieces, Sketches, Parodies, Audience Pieces, Remotes, and Other Short-Form Comedy

4.27  ·  Rating details ·  79 ratings  ·  9 reviews
He has written and produced comedy/talk shows for over fifteen years. Now four-time Emmy winner Joe Toplyn reveals his proven methods of writing for late-night television in this one-of-a-kind insider's guide. Toplyn analyzes each type of comedy piece in the late-night TV playbook and takes you step-by-step through the process of writing it. His detailed tips, techniques, ...more
Paperback, 446 pages
Published May 5th 2014 by Twenty Lane Media, LLC
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Kevin
Aug 22, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Hands down the most useful comedy writing book I've ever read. The fact that I actually finished it instead of throwing it against the wall speaks volumes.
Jason Peters
Jan 13, 2018 rated it really liked it
Excellent book on how to approach writing jokes and pieces for late-night format. Be aware that as it's namesake implies, the book is targeted towards the specifics of comedy as it applies to the late-night talk show format, so while there are some general tools that you can use and apply towards other styles of comedy, it's really catered towards topical jokes, as are typically heard on the late-night programs.
Nicole Conlan
Jun 27, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I'm always very hesitant about how-to comedy books, but this one is VERY good and helpful. It breaks the style of late-night writing down to its mechanics, so you can do it automatically without feeling "inspired" - which makes sense when you have to churn out an hour long show every single day. It's also nice to see someone writing this books who has actual legitimate credits in the world of what he's writing, instead of a failed screenwriting writing a book about screenwriting.
Dan Richter
Oct 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Dan by: Amazon-Empfehlung
Ein praktisches Handbuch, wie man es sich nur wünschen kann.
Vom Finden des Themas über den Aufbau der Gags bis zum Polieren.
So funktionieren Conan O'Brien, Letterman, Leno usw.
Und eben auch für Nicht-Late-Night-Autoren ein wunderbarer Handwerkskoffer.
Xchel
Jun 20, 2014 rated it it was amazing
One of the best books on comedy writing. No shit.
Bryce Druzin
Feb 21, 2019 rated it really liked it
I'm a standup but still found this book super helpful.

- Straightforward writing with real examples
- Super practical advice, you can take the techniques he uses to write late-night monologues and immediately apply them to writing and editing your jokes.
Revfry
Jul 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Enjoyable insight into comedy writing for late night. Now if only I was writing because of it.
Zeco
Jan 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing
this was good
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Feb 27, 2015 rated it it was amazing
EASILY THE BEST BOOK OF 2015. I'VE LEARNED EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO LEARN ABOUT SUBMITTING TO COMEDY LATE NIGHT TV. MY ONLY QUESTION : IS A COLLEGE DEGREE NECESSARY WITH AN IMPECCABLE SUBMISSION PACKET ?
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