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Comedy writing secrets

Author: Melvin Helitzer
Publisher: Cincinnati, Ohio : Writer's Digest Books, ©1987.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Melvin Helitzer
ISBN: 0898792584 9780898792584 0898795109 9780898795103
OCLC Number: 15251668
Description: 325 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Imagination is funny: what if ... we take the first step --
Why we laugh: theories of comedy --
The anatomy of humor: the THREES formula --
POW is a play on words --
Brainstorming POW associations --
The next giant step: reverses --
Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered: triples --
The hamony of paired elements: synonyms, homonyms, and antonyms --
Funny words: the spark plugs of humor --
To tell the truth: exaggerated and understated realism --
Surprise 'em or shock 'em: nihilistic humor and language --
Stay in character: speak softly, but carry a big schtick --
Testing-one, two, three-writing humor for speeches --
Stand-up or sit down: humor for live entertainers --
Saw the picture, loved the gag: humor for cartoons and comics --
Proses are read: humor for greeting cards, t-shirts, and bumper stickers --
Print humor: columns, articles, and fillers --
The scarece comedy-ty: writing for sitcoms --
This is a wrap: most commonly asked questions about humor construction.
Responsibility: by Melvin Helitzer.

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