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Complete idiot's guide to comedy writing

Author: Jim Mendrinos
Publisher: Indianapolis, IN : Alpha Books, 2004.
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Provides advice for writing comedy, including television scripts, plays, feature films, cartoons, and stand-up jokes, and includes information on using comedy in business presentations.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jim Mendrinos
ISBN: 1592572316 9781592572311
OCLC Number: 55949340
Description: xxiv, 328 pages : illustrations
Contents: Finding the Funny --
What's Funny? --
The Many Faces of Comedy --
Comedy for the Page --
Comedy for Ensemble Performers --
Comedy for One --
Common Threads in All Comedy --
You Are Funny --
Why People Laugh --
Growing a Funny Bone --
Keeping Track of It All --
What Makes You Laugh? --
Looking for the Funny --
Inspiration vs. Perspiration --
The Best Places to Find Comedy Ideas --
Examine Each Situation for Comedy Potential --
Types of Comedy --
Humor Has Categories --
Stand-Alone Jokes --
Story Jokes --
Physical Jokes --
Character Jokes --
Basic Comedy Construction --
Building a Laugh --
The Universal Joke Formula --
Premise: The Subject --
Point of View: How You See It --
The Twist: Getting to the Humor --
Keeping the Comedy Visual --
Comedy Writing Rules --
Clarity Is Everything --
End on a Trigger --
Go All the Way --
Soul-Searching Comedy --
It's All About Emotions --
Stay on Topic --
Make It Matter --
Know What You're Talking About --
The Premise --
Research Everything --
The Subject Isn't the Subject --
Funny Focus --
Organizing All This Information --
Be Sure You're Sure About the Joke --
Exploring Your Point of View --
POV Defines Comedic Voice --
Basic Emotions --
Don't Suck, Part Two --
Try Something New --
Let's Twist Again --
Choosing the Right Twist --
Surprise! --
Mix It Up --
Clear Twists --
Twists on Top of Twists --
Congratulations! It's Funny --
Putting Together the Elements --
Matching Your Joke to Your Comedy Style --
Fine-Tuning Your Presentation --
Keep Going: Write Every Day --
The Art of Comedy Writing --
Long-Form Comedy --
Turning One-Liners into Bits --
Writing with Speed --
Stories --
Story Revision --
Stories for Jokers --
Exercise: Make It Longer --
Comedy Is Life --
Finding Common Ground with Your Audience --
Changing Attitudes --
Nothing Is Too Obscure --
Stay Involved --
Don't Lie ... Well ... Only Lie a Little --
It's All About the Words --
Keep the Language Simple --
Use Language as Art --
Use Your Words to Create a Rhythm --
Write In Silence and Physical Movement --
Keep It Clean --
Going All the Way --
Don't Hold Back Anything --
Accentuate the Positive --
Eliminate the Negative --
Don't Mess with Mr. In-Between --
This Sucks --
The Craft of Comedy Writing --
Learning to Let Go --
Ready to Edit? --
Give It a Little Tweak --
Addition by Subtraction --
Long-Form Editing --
Apply for Your Artistic License --
Everything Old Is New Again --
Comedy Is a Work in Progress --
This Old Joke --
The Changing Order of Things --
"This Bit Just Might Work If I Change ..." --
Exercise: Long-Lost Laughter --
Who's Going to Laugh at This? --
Relating to Your Audience --
Cater, Don't Pander --
Edgy Humor --
Topical Joke or Cheap Shot? --
Staying Unique --
Not All Jokes Work Everywhere --
Does It Have a Pulse? --
Styles Define Markets --
There's Room for Every Joke --
The Square Peg Meets the Round Hole --
The A to Z of Saleable Comedy --
Preparing to Be Professional --
Keeping Your Ideas Current --
Knowing What Ideas to Develop Next --
Money for Funny --
Buyers and Bloodsuckers --
If It's Funny, It's Money --
Action! --
Selling Your Screenplay --
Selling Sitcoms --
The Allure of Greasepaint --
Chapter One --
More Funny Books --
The Real Story --
Comedy Delivered to Your Door --
Psst, Hey Buddy, Wanna Buy a Joke? --
Comics and DJs and Hosts--Oh My! --
Speakers Say the Funniest Things --
First Contact --
Different Jokes for Different Folks --
Comedy on the Page --
Did You Hear the One About --
Stop the Presses! --
A Fictional Accounting --
The Sunday Funnies --
The Caption Reads --
Sitcoms --
How Sitcoms Work --
Structuring Your Spec-Script --
Formatting Your Spec-Script --
Spec-Scripts vs. Pilots --
Outlines and Treatments --
The Show Bible --
Using Your Spec-Script --
Ensemble Comedy --
Sketch This --
Funny in Film --
Curtain Up --
Funny for Two --
Solo Comedy Professionals --
"Hey, It's Great to Be Here Tonight ..." --
Hey Mr. DJ! --
Hereeeeee's Johnny! --
Specialty Acts --
Adding a Dash of Funny --
Speech! Speech! --
From the Dais --
Cheers! --
Corporate Comedy Writing --
Something to Do Every Day --
Annotated Taina Script.
Other Titles: Comedy writing
Responsibility: by James Mendrinos.
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Provides advice for writing comedy, including television scripts, plays, feature films, cartoons, and stand-up jokes, and includes information on using comedy in business presentations.

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