Comedy Writing Secrets

The Only Handbook for Humor Writers! What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke.

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English Year 2016

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Table of contents :
pt. I. The basics of humor writing
1. The importance of humor writing
2. Why we laugh
3. The anatomy of humor --
pt. II. Humor writing techniques
4. POW : play on words
5. More play on words : the simple truth and the take-off
6. Play on words : brainstorming techniques
7. The next giant step : reverses
8. The harmony of paired elements : synonyms, homonyms, and antonyms
9. Bewitched, bothered, and bewildered : triples preparation + anticipation + payoff = funny
10. Exaggerated and understated realism
11. Funny words and foul language --
pt. III. Writing for specific humor markets
12. Testing-one, two, three-writing humor for speeches
13. Stand-up or sit down : humor for live entertainers
14. Print humor: columns, articles, and fillers
15. Saw the picture, loved the gag : humor for cartoons and greeting cards
16. The scarce comedy-ty : writing for TV sitcoms
17. We mean business
18. Teach, learn, and laugh
19. That's a wrap.

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