- File Size: 1464 KB
- Print Length: 352 pages
- Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; 2nd edition (September 15, 2005)
- Publication Date: September 15, 2005
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0033ZAVY4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Not Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #380,991 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
Comedy Writing Secrets 2nd Edition, Kindle Edition
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The book is full of exercises to help you get better at various elements of comedic writing -- word play, puns, the structure of the joke, and so much more. It helps you identify jokes that work better written vs spoken and vice versa, as well as how the order of your words can affect the punchline. My favorites are when the joke is set up and you get to write the punchline, and then you get to see the punchline as written by famous comedians. Reading the book probably won't make you a better comedy writer, but if you commit to doing all the exercises, that probably will.
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This is a keeper for anyone who is writing, speaking and communicating with others on a regular basis. Humor is the single greatest way to disarm people and have a positive influence (I read that the average popular TED talk has a joke a minute so humor is SUPER important in communicating whether you're a business person or a public speaker!). This book will help you understand jokes and being funny even if it's not your natural ability.
Here's a funny one from a section discussing how to use numbers to be funny ... something I've not thought of specifically.
"The average man speaks twenty-five thousand words a day. The average woman says thirty thousand words a day. Unfortunately, when I get home at night, I’ve spoken my twenty-five thousand, but my wife doesn’t start hers until we get into bed.
They discuss how using a wide variety of numbers can be really funny and how math is usually logical but when there’s a lapse in the logic surrounding or involving numbers, it has the potential to get some laughs. That's just one example from just 2 pages of this great book.
I like it. I bought it. It still makes me laugh when I re-read it too. Recommended.
This is an EXCELLENT book, a detailed read on why we laugh, what is funny and what is not - and why!
If your an aspiring comedian, or just want to develop your "sense of humour" this book is for you.
Five Stars. No Question.