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Wilde, Larry

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Works: 111 works in 163 publications in 1 language and 2,134 library holdings
Genres: Interviews  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Humor  Anecdotes  Quotations 
Roles: Author, Editor, Performer, Narrator
Classifications: PS438, 808.7
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How the great comedy writers create laughter by Larry Wilde( Book )
5 editions published between 1976 and 1977 in English and held by 537 libraries worldwide
Probably what distinguishes man from other animals is his ability to laugh. Why does he laugh? That's easy. How do you make him laugh? That's not so easy. In fact, it's a near-impossible question to answer. It's the question which Larry Wilde, a writer and stand-up comic, took to the top laugh provokers in the nation. He visited them, switched on his tape recorder and let them talk. And what talk it is! In a relaxed manner we learn how the great comedy writers got started and how they stay on top. They're the geniuses who shape the one-liners for Bob Hope, who create the characters of "All in the Family," who dream up the foolery and fun of Guys and Dolls, or the topical newspaper column which punctures the pompous. How do the great comedy writers work their miracles? Goodman Ace says it's a matter of phrasing. One word out of place and the magic is lost. He says there's a rhythm that has to be present to make the material funny. And the others agree. No one really knows what makes a comedy writer. Many of them have had unhappy childhoods or have known poverty, but more important is an attitude toward life. Abe Burrows comments: "Humor is a way to keep from killing yourself." Art Buchwald feels that humor basically is hostility but sugar-coated so it is acceptable, so that one can make pungent comments through humor and not have rocks thrown at him. It's a matter sometimes of laughing at the way the world runs to keep from crying. The great comedy writers agree the best material is based on truth. The audience recognizes the false and won't respond. You can't hate your subject and be funny. Wilde asks probing questions on how a beginner can get started, what shapes a comic, whether there are any rules for writing humor, and how you know what has been written will make an audience laugh. He gets profound answers, amusing anecdotes, and fascinating inside information. Top professionals talk about constructing a situation for a television series, how stage shows are rewritten again and again on tryout runs, and the peculiar difficulties of writing for film. This is a rare chance to eavesdrop on the successful old pros. It's also a delight to sit back, open the book and enjoy!--Adapted from dust jacket
The great comedians talk about comedy by Larry Wilde( Book )
3 editions published between 1968 and 2000 in English and held by 331 libraries worldwide
Interviews between the author and 16 comedians
The Larry Wilde library of laughter by Larry Wilde( Book )
2 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 163 libraries worldwide
A collection of the funniest gags, quips, and stories by America's best-selling humorist
The Complete book of ethnic humor by Larry Wilde( Book )
5 editions published between 1978 and 1983 in English and held by 88 libraries worldwide
The Larry Wilde treasury of laughter by Larry Wilde( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 75 libraries worldwide
The great comedians by Larry Wilde( Book )
4 editions published between 1968 and 1973 in English and held by 54 libraries worldwide
Interviews between the author and 16 comedians
Jerry Seinfeld on comedy by Jerry Seinfeld( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 48 libraries worldwide
Jerry Seinfeld in an interview reveals his views on comedy. Topics range fom writing tips to rehearsal techniques to how to read an audience to career tips and more
When you're up to your eyeballs in alligators by Larry Wilde( Book )
3 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 42 libraries worldwide
The official Jewish/Irish joke book by Larry Wilde( Book )
4 editions published between 1974 and 1980 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
The official cat lovers joke book by Larry Wilde( Book )
2 editions published between 1978 and 1979 in English and held by 32 libraries worldwide
You're never too old to laugh by Larry Wilde( Book )
2 editions published in 1997 in English and held by 27 libraries worldwide
The last official Jewish joke book (maybe, next to the last) by Larry Wilde( Book )
2 editions published between 1980 and 1986 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
Woody Allen on comedy by Woody Allen( Sound Recording )
2 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
George Carlin on comedy by George Carlin( Sound Recording )
1 edition published in 2002 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
The merriest book of Christmas humor by Larry Wilde( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
The official doctors jokebook by Larry Wilde( Book )
2 editions published between 1981 and 1987 in English and held by 20 libraries worldwide
The official All-America joke book by Larry Wilde( Book )
1 edition published in 1988 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
The ultimate lawyers joke book by Larry Wilde( Book )
1 edition published in 1987 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
The official black folks/white folks joke book by Larry Wilde( Book )
4 editions published between 1975 and 1988 in English and held by 18 libraries worldwide
Larry Wilde's Complete book of ethnic humor by Larry Wilde( Book )
2 editions published in 1984 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
Larry Wilde American comedian
Wilde, L.
ワイルド, ラリー
Languages
English (48)
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