The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing by James Mendrinos

By James Mendrinos

Comedy is severe business-and critical cash. during this consultant, comic, author, and instructor Jim Mendrinos explains the rules of comedy and the way to use them to types from stand-up to sitcoms- together with fiction, movie, speeches, articles, essays, and extra. He additionally comprises routines designed to hone the craft, holiday via writer's block, and tailor a bit to its meant viewers.

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With this power to shock comes a by-product. Undoubtedly, you'll offend some people. Everyone is sensitive about something, and if you touch on that something, they'll be offended. T h e key to effective shock humor is to approach that edge without being mean. Whenever you're both mean and shocking, the audience tends to turn off. However, if you can bring another note to the shock joke, such as logic or compassion, the audience will still be shocked, but they won't feel guilty about laughing. Chapter 2: to/Iff Funny 19 Just Plain Silly There was an old adage in vaudeville: N o matter what kind of an audience you have— rich or poor, young or old, speaks English or not—if you slap someone with a big, wet fish, everyone laughs.

It's rare for someone to write about verbs. Even if you have a bit about running, the bit is usually more about you or someone you've seen running than the act of running itself. Knowing that, it's important that you to be on the lookout for those comedic nuggets that spark jokes. If it's something visual, write down the complete observation. If it's something you read, clip the article and make notes on what you think the humor is. Keep stellar notes, and the writing process will be easier for you.

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