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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing
Comedy is serious business - and serious money. In this guide, comedian, writer, and teacher Jim Mendrinos explains the principles of comedy and how to apply them to forms from stand-up to sitcoms- including fiction, film, speeches, articles, essays, and more. He also includes exercises designed to hone the craft, break through writer's block, and tailor a piece to its int ...more
Paperback, 352 pages
Published July 6th 2004 by Alpha
(first published 2004)
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This guide has a lot of good tips and carries a. Great emphasis on writing. If you're looking for something to get into Standup Comedy - this is a great place to start. It leaves out the performance aspect of what you'll need for the stage, but the writing emphasis of this book is something all new standups should internalize. The Appendices also provide great value. The glossary was smart enough to include literary devices in addition to the industry terms, which is something anyone serious abo ...more
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