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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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About the Author
Joe Toplyn began his television career on the writing staff of "Late Night with David Letterman." He went on to become co-head writer of "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" and head writer of "Late Show with David Letterman." His other writing credits include the sketch show "In Living Color," several situation comedies, and the comedic detective show "Monk." In addition to his four Emmy wins, Toplyn is honored to have received over a dozen Emmy nominations.
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Buy this and you will be off to a great start!
I don't plan to write for late-night TV, so I found the second half of the book less useful. However, there are some key chapters with joke writing strategies that I found immensely helpful. I'd like to find a similar book geared more toward humor writing for novels, rather than for Late Night TV, but that said, the book was brilliant.
This might sound backhanded but I was honestly surprised at how good this is.
If I ever teach classes I will definitely include this in the curriculum.