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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 Paperback – May 5, 2014
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Through his decades of experience working for the likes of Letterman and Leno, Joe Toplyn has figured out the secret to writing each type of late night comedy piece repeatedly and consistently. The section on monologue jokes alone is worth the price of the entire book. In addition to writing comedy pieces, this book will also teach you about the late-night tv industry and how to put together a professional submission packet.
The timing of this book release could not be better. The late night tv lineup is going through more changes than it ever has before. There are likely dozens of late night writing jobs up for grabs. Get this book, put together your own writing packet, and maybe you can grab one for yourself.
I have read 13 books and I have done 2 courses on stand-up comedy and comedy writing. I don’t think this puts me at a disadvantage with doing comedy, as some comedians think. I have worked as a stand-up, an MC, a sketch comedy writer and performer, and a joke writer. And been paid. I think you do what you can to model what has worked before.
But the problem with a lot of books is they try to cover too much ground. They want to show you how to write jokes, monologues, stand-up, sketch, solo shows, sitcoms, and screenplays. There’s no way one 300 page book can cover all those. The best ones just focus on one area. That’s exactly what this book does.
The section on monologue joke writing was the clearest explanation I have ever read. Typically, in other books that cover this, you get lessons on how to pick topics, generate ideas, but then you have figure out how to structure them yourself. You get something like “the punchline is your own reaction”. Huh? I have to make a sarcastic comment on what I’ve written. But not all comedy’s sarcastic, so then what do I do?Read more ›
If you aspire to comedy writing, whether on late-night TV or anywhere else, this book is a must-read.
If, like me, you just love to laugh, this book is the most fun you can have without crossing state lines or breaking the law.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Top notch stuff! It's a nice little peek behind the curtain on what makes a late night talk show tick. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DerbyCityObserver
It really demystifies the whole monologue joke process. That seems like a simple and short review, but you'd be surprised what a lack of information there is in the world about... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Matthew P. Riddle
This book is very informative and concise. I learned a lot about comedy writing, and some of the ins and outs or writing for a late night comedy show. Read morePublished 3 months ago by chris leary
I bought this book for my son. and he enjoyed it. If he wrote any good jokes afterwards , I don't know.Published 4 months ago by S/W
Very detailed, step-by-step instructions on joke writing for Late Night. I use it as one of my comedy writing bibles. Comedy really is a craft as well as an art.Published 6 months ago by Debbie
Amazing book! Joke writing, desk pieces, etc. This book has everything you need to put together a late-night comedy packet.Published 6 months ago by Lily Bogs
If you're interested in writing for late night comedy, or just comedy writing in general, this book is great. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Dylan Edgell
It might seem a little expensive at first but it's a very thick book. I mean this thing has more pages than Governor Chris Christie's food diary.Published 13 months ago by Amazon Customer