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Comedy writing for television and Hollywood

Author: Milt Josefsberg
Publisher: New York : Perennial Library, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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"In this book, Milt Josefsberg gives you an introduction to the craft of writing comedy for television, takes you behind the scenes in Hollywood to see the evolution of the script from the original idea to the finish oh, analyzes classic scenes, provides exercises, discusses the business and, and gives you tips on how to join this lucrative and rewarding world."--Back cover.
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Milt Josefsberg
ISBN: 0060550708 9780060550707 0060960868 9780060960865
OCLC Number: 15519570
Description: xxiii, 208 pages ; 22 cm
Contents: Foreword / Norman Lear --
Preface / Garry K. Marshall --
I: The elements of humor. Jokes ; Puns ; Malapropism ; The play on words ; Monologues --
II: Tricks of the trade. Brevity ; Rhythm ; Rhyme ; Repetition ; Role reversal ; Sesquipedalianisms and exoticisms ; Corny jokes ; Gimmicks ; Doing, and yet not doing, the obvious ; Visual humor ; Juxtaposition ; Hooking the audience's interest --
III: Standbys. Dirty jokes ; Old jokes ; Files --
IV: Subject matter. Sex ; Racial humor ; Inebriation ; Physical frailties ; Other reliables ; Death --
V: Characters, routines, and formats (or: it's been done before) --
VI: Writing and writing with others --
VII: Rejection --
VIII: Critics --
IX. Censorship --
X. The situation comedy (the creative and technical aspects) --
XI: The variety show --
XII: The biography of a script --
XIII: The business of becoming a writer. Breaking in ; Money and other considerations ; Other jobs for, and ambitious of, comedy write ; Questions and answers --
XIV: Exercises. Skeleton plots ; Fleshed-out versions.
Other Titles: Comedy writing
Responsibility: Milt Josefsberg.

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"In this book, Milt Josefsberg gives you an introduction to the craft of writing comedy for television, takes you behind the scenes in Hollywood to see the evolution of the script from the original idea to the finish oh, analyzes classic scenes, provides exercises, discusses the business and, and gives you tips on how to join this lucrative and rewarding world."--Back cover.

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