How to Be a Comedy Writer by Marc Blake

By Marc Blake

Imagine you are humorous? Writing winning comedy is not just approximately having a present for gags; you want to hone your expertise and varnish your humour toearn a residing from making humans chuckle. so one can write stand-up comedy, sketches, sitcoms or perhaps a comedian novel or movie, tips on how to be a Comedy author tells you all you want to comprehend and extra in regards to the company, the constitution of jokes and the nuts and bolts of a craft that may be learnt.

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How to Be a Comedy Writer

Imagine you are humorous? Writing winning comedy is not just approximately having a present for gags; you must hone your expertise and varnish your humour toearn a residing from making humans snicker. in order to write stand-up comedy, sketches, sitcoms or perhaps a comedian novel or movie, the best way to be a Comedy author tells you all you want to be aware of and extra concerning the enterprise, the constitution of jokes and the nuts and bolts of a craft that may be learnt.

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He’s a stranger. Through sheer force of personality and beautifully written material he forges an alliance with his audience. Transcribing material Who is your favourite stand-up? Jack Dee? Bill Hicks? Jo Brand? Bill Bailey? Victoria Wood? Woody Allen? Tommy Cooper? All these have created successful followings on their personalities and on their ‘take’ on the world. To understand how standup comedy works, it’s important to put it under the microscope. In the pre-alternative days, there was a pool of gags which were purloined by all and sundry.

Fully-rounded character. Victoria Wood, the archetypal genial nice girl (though her work has always had bite) plays a plethora of roles. - 44 - How_to_be_a_Comedy_Writer_Inside44 44 01/08/2005 14:24:24 STAND-UP Targets and attitude All comedy has a target, be it the government, C-list celebrities or our own behaviour. Identifying the point or the victim of your comedy is the quickest route towards getting the joke right. At the same time, concepts like intolerance, avarice or ‘the culture of spin’ are too nebulous to pinpoint with ease.

Time yourself. Most comedians wear a watch with a stopwatch or vibrating timer. Decide on what to wear that will make you feel comfortable on stage. On the night, show up early, find the promoter and let him know you are there. Ask the compere where you are on the bill and tell him how to pronounce your name. When you are on, don’t overrun. Use your watch to keep to time – the audience might love your every utterance, but the promoter and the other acts will be willing you off. - 64 - How_to_be_a_Comedy_Writer_Inside64 64 01/08/2005 14:24:28 STAND-UP Afterwards, thank the promoter for the slot and enquire about another.

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