The review must be at least 50 characters long. Perret has written for the biggest comics and in his book he peels the Gene Steo No preview available — I guess I was sort of looking for a panacea to organize all these thoughts in my head. Product details Paperback Publisher: Well hang on because writing comedy is a challenge. It made a difference in my comedy writing immediately. Selected pages Title Page.

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It covers all of the basics, and includes many exercises on which neophyte comedy writers can try out what they have learned. All of the rules are good, make sense, and are things every comic should know.

And that — I think — is where the problem is. Any working comic or comedy writer will know these rules, even if they have never thought of them explicitly. They will know from experience the value of being concise, of being understood, of giving the audience definite beats on which to laugh.

There are 64 pages, each has helpful, well-argued information on. For business people. In a few brief chapters you can be apprised of all of the fundamental principles of jokes, and reminded of what you really shold know when you write and tell them. Full Disclosure: A review copy of this book was sent to me by the publisher.

Just to be clear right from the off: this book will not give you the secrets of writing great comedy. However, what this book will give you is a good grounding in many different comic modes and styles.

It covers all of the basics, and, if you are new to comedy writing, it should help you in all sorts of ways. The exercises are useful, all could really help you tune comic ideas, and are more interesting than the writing of Tom Swifties as Gene Perret suggests. I did that exercise. I now have jokes I can never use. All of the writing advice is sound, and useful, but the book is a little broad.

Someone who wants to write great standup does not need the same skills as someone who wants to write a great sitcom, or a great sketch. As a short, helpful introduction to all of these disciplines, packed with facts and exercises, this book is hugely successful. Unfortunately, there are books which deal with each of these things in greater detail.

I would advise any new comedy writer to have a look at this book. It might not give you the secrets of great comedy, but it could do something more important. It could give you the skills to get your first comedy, possibly terrible comedy, up on stages in front of people.

And that, of course, is the first step towards writing great comedy… Subscribe with RSS Email Subscription Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email. Join 13, other followers.


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Apr 21, Jeff rated it really liked it I picked up The New Comedy Writing Step by Step because I wanted to introduce more humor into my writing, and I wanted a detour from my standard reading about the craft of writing you know: characters, plots, arcs, etc. Before opening this book, I felt that comedy was something reserved for those I would classify as "comic geniuses. And having read many books on the game of Chess, I found that some Grandmasters struggle to simplify their thought processes enough to penetrate my amateur mind. I expected the same from Mr.


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