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  • Paperback: 325 pages
  • Publisher: Writer's Digest Books; Reprint edition (Jun. 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0898795109
  • ISBN-13: 978-0898795103
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 15.2 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 550,949 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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106 of 120 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 Jun. 1998
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Helitzer's Book on comedy writing is the best book out there on the subject. He has a firm grasp on essential techniques needed to refine your raw material into comedy gold. I recommend this book for anyone seiously interested in the old addage, "if it's funny there's money!" If you perform stand-up, or just write, this is the book to read. His various examples from today's comedians are not only hilarious but keep the reader interested and the book moving along. Helitzer has written the first and best book on the subject. I teach a comedy class and I know I couldn't do it without this book.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Feb. 2006
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It will be insufficient if I just say "very poor". Although interesting in the very beginning the book is shallow and is based on teaching tricks rather improving the "self". As far as the tricks are concerned you won’t get too much either - put it in this way it is like reading a newspaper and expecting to become a great politician. What you might get is few good jokes that are cited. I am not sure it worth reading few hundreds sides of garbage for the few jokes. The quality of the book as an object is such that it felt apart after 10-20 openings.
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By marcus g fraser on 27 Dec. 2014
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Good book for screenwriters
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3 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. J. Kimberlee on 13 Feb. 2006
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This book provides a comprehensive look at the comedy writing process. If you are involved in comedy of any kind then this will be highly useful. The insights and methods make sense and are effective. Even if your just interested in the writing process then there will be something here for you. This has made my comedy writing funnier and I get more laughs from my jokes in casual conversation. A superb book.
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121 of 129 people found the following review helpful
Comedy Writing Secrets by Melvin Helitzer a must! 21 Jun. 1998
By RandyB@Aol.Com - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Helitzer's Book on comedy writing is the best book out there on the subject. He has a firm grasp on essential techniques needed to refine your raw material into comedy gold. I recommend this book for anyone seiously interested in the old addage, "if it's funny there's money!" If you perform stand-up, or just write, this is the book to read. His various examples from today's comedians are not only hilarious but keep the reader interested and the book moving along. Helitzer has written the first and best book on the subject. I teach a comedy class and I know I couldn't do it without this book.
36 of 36 people found the following review helpful
Learn the fundamentals of comedy writing! 18 Feb. 2004
By Jane Friedman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The fundamentals of comedy writing haven't changed since this book was originally published, and Mel Helitzer (who's taught comedy writing at university for decades) delivers a step-by-step course on comedic writing, thinking, and acting.
You'll learn the basics of comedy writing, the anatomy of humor, and the avenues by which you can turn your comedic talent into a well-paying pursuitÑand why the demand for humor writers far exceeds the supply. You'll also find more than a thousand one-liners, bits, and speech excerpts covering the entire range of comedy techniques.
If you want a comprehensive guide to writing, selling, and performing all types of comedy, then this is the book you must read cover to cover and keep on your shelf for a lifetime of reference.
47 of 50 people found the following review helpful
A rectangular book ideal for squares 1 Jun. 2005
By Fred - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Ever wondered why we laugh and why certain jokes are funny?

Well, the answers to those questions set the frame work that Comedy Writing Secrets follows to help you think more like a comedy writer.

Even if you are a naturally funny person (speaking from experience here!) the book is incredibly valuable. If you read a few chapters and then go about your day you might find something magic... all of a sudden you'll start making jokes you never would have thought of.

I didn't buy it with the intention of becoming a stand up or writing hit TV shows but it has helped me create jokes I would previously never thought of.

It's a great read and very funny. There are numerous examples to illustrate the concepts and the book's structure is easy to follow.

It's really a textbook on comedy without being a textbook.
32 of 35 people found the following review helpful
Excellent source for aspiring comedians 9 Nov. 2000
By Scott Strain - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I am an amateur comedian and I found "Comedy Writing Secrets" to be extraordinary. It actually helped me write comedy and structure it so it flows and makes sense.I am now performing in Cleveland and this excellent source has been a great help. Thank you.
34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
The Book the Pro Comics Read 29 Feb. 2004
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I'm a photo journalist and I interview a lot of professional
touring comics when they hit Orange County (California). I'm amazed at the number of times these big time pros have "Comedy Writing Secrets" in their rooms. Last month Drew Carrey was photographed reading the book in a national ad he did for library services. Since I've read and loved the book, I use it as a conversation ice breaker while I'm lightting the set. The
comics then feel more relaxed knowing we enjoy something in common.
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