Three-time Emmy Award-winner Gene Perret’s “Comedy Writing Step by Step” has been the manual for humor writers for 25 years. In this new book, his first. A seasoned professional comedy writer offers a treasure trove of guidelines and suggestions covering a broad range of comedy writing situations, and many. Three-time Emmy Award-winner Gene Perret’s “”Comedy Writing Step by Step”” has been the manual for humor writers for 25 years. In this new book, his first.
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Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. There was a problem writinb reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. The anecdotes are the best part of this book aside from atep titular step by step guidance you probably came for. Perret has tons of experience from his years writing for the likes of Phyllis Diller and Bob Hope, and he also mentions some comics in the 80s like Emo Phillips who are still around but not on TV so much anymore and are really worth checking out on YouTube or following on Twitter.
On my second time through reading it, I think there’s some outdated information — e. But the Carol Burnett script examples are timelessly valuable, as is the structural writing advice, especially the chapter on routining. Some mention of Twitter would be really useful in a future edition.
With the advent of internet self publishing, it’s easier than ever to find an audience for your comedy as well as a community of comedians to learn from. Current successful comedians have been using perrwt media not only to find new fans but also ensure that the right audience will come to their shows, which is a major change from the old club culture of the 80s.
I keep the digital edition on my ipad so I can highlight the passages that are particularly useful to me and skim through my notes quickly for inspiration when I have a creative block. It’s always nice to have some encouragement, and this book’s supportive tone will keep me writing comedy for the rest of my life.
It’s an okay book. Filled with to much fluff for cmedy to rate it higher than a three. To much of it is the Author reminiscing about his glory days as a writer for Bob Hope and Phylis Diller, which is awesome that he accomplished that, but not very useful or interesting to me. The writing exercises in the second section give you some ideas and something to work on. Remember this book is, or at least some of the book is, about writing comedy and not performing it.
Examples of comedy that are presented are lame in my opinion, and very dated. Some might still enjoy that kind humor – I don’t. Comedy can be learned, and Gene Perret is a masterful teacher. You won’t be a master when you finish reading the book, but if you do the exercises you will be well on your way to being a very competent comedic writer. Although this is by far his best book, it’s not especially helpful when it comes to writing. He does give good advice when it comes to having the right attitude but he spends all of one chapter discussing actual writing techniques.
Avoid all of his other books at all costs. It’s just the same recycled stories over and over. Gene Perret is a genius. He knows comedy writing perrett how to teach it. I enjoyed reading this book. The author walks you through the processes of creating jokes, writing monologues, and even on how to promote your material. I found this book to be an interesting worthwhile read. It made a difference in my comedy writing sstep. He had both me and my seven year old writing corny jokes by the book’s end.
He’s a funny guy, a throwback from days when comics actually told jokes. I laughed out loud at his Bob Hope and bomb sniffing dogs joke.
I mean, this guy wrote many, or was it most not sureof the Phyllis Diller “My mother is so That alone makes him an expert in my book. His exercises had my son and I dreaming up jokes in minutes fhe his simple rules. I’m not a comic, so I don’t know ghe these rules are something every comic knows or not; but I didn’t know them so it was new to me.
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Seems to me that his exercises on joke writing also apply to writing prose that is more dramatic and has greater tension. This book deserves every bit of 5 stars. See all 34 reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. There’s a problem loading this menu right now. Learn more about Amazon Prime. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime.
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