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Comedy Writing Self-Taught: The Professional Skill-Building Course in Writing Stand-Up, Sketch, and Situation Comedy

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Comedy writing is an acquired skill. No one is born a comedy writer. The desire may be there from an early age, but the techniques must be learned, developed, and honed. Fortunately, the best teachers are readily available. They are the comics of the past and present, the television shows you see daily, both current versions and reruns. They provide your Ph.D. course in hu ...more
Paperback, 175 pages
Published January 15th 2015 by Quill Driver Books (first published December 1st 2014)
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Mike
Jun 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
Although this book is aimed at comedy writers of jokes, gags, sketches and sit-coms, the self-taught approach Perret describes is applicable to so many other fields.

Gene Perret is a veteran comedy writer having worked for Phylis Diller and for Bob Hope for thirty years. His training approach is to have you adopt a comedian as a mentor and to study that mentor in depth. Try to write for that comedian and, if you can get that comedian to perform some of your work, so much the better - tricky if yo
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