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How to Write Comedy: The Danny Simon Notes (Short Subjects With Big Impact) [Kindle Edition]

James Scott Bell
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)

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“Everything I learned about comedy writing I learned from Danny Simon.” –– Woody Allen.

Neil Simon, Danny’s younger brother, and Woody Allen both credit Danny for teaching them to write comedy. Not a bad recommendation.

Danny Simon made his bones in the golden age of TV, on shows like Make Room for Daddy and Sid Caesar’s Show of Shows.

Then he taught a legendary comedy writing class in L.A. for many years. A young writer named James Scott Bell took the course, and copious notes. These notes have never before been published. Bell is revealing these comedy secrets now for the first time.

This booklet (4500 words) also includes an analysis of a legendary comedy show that Danny Simon had his students study. If you are serious about comedy . . . or if you just want to put more humor in your writing, this booklet will give you the tools.

“I loved this booklet! So many great points. Terrific examples too. When I teach comedy, it is so challenging to really outline how to write a joke, all the setup that is involved, all the word play, all the reversals and the word choices. This is so well articulated. I will definitely reference it and promote it when I teach!” – Rene Gutteridge, author of Escapement and Never the Bride

James Scott Bell is one of the #1 bestselling writing coach of Plot & Structure and The Art of War for Writers. He is an award winning thriller author and seminar teacher.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 104 KB
  • Print Length: 34 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008E8I7KK
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,067 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars So bad 27 Dec. 2013
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Short book with nothing in it, I wish I could give it 0 stars. Good job it was free or I would be tracking this clown down for my money back
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3.0 out of 5 stars interesting enough 8 Jan. 2015
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Was recommended this by someone who once attended a Danny Simon seminar. Not particularly thorough but has all the main headlines about comedy. Price is good too
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4.0 out of 5 stars Short and pithy 27 July 2014
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It's only a short book, but it's very interesting.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 29 Nov. 2014
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All you ever need to know!
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5.0 out of 5 stars "How to Write Comedy" - by James Scott Bell - - A Fragment of the Holy Grail 6 Aug. 2012
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I never got to a Danny Simon workshop (bad timing on my part) but I always enjoyed checking in with him for new start dates. Urbane, earthy, always sincere and delightful via phone, I knew I'd missed a lot by not attending a live class.

Bell's book supplies a framework for you to fill in with memories of your favorite Simon/Allen/Reiner/Brooks/Marshall/Burrows/Lloyd/the Charles' materials...reminders of set-up/character/timing. What a wonderful "Cliff Notes" of the actual workshops! I kept recalling "Acting: The First Six Lessons" (another book not just about acting) while reading this - a little book to re-visit regularly for instruction, insight, inspiration! Highly recommended, if you are interested in the human comedy.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brief and succinct note on comedy 29 Jun. 2013
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This short article is just what Bell says, his notes on a Danny Simon class, with some expansion. Humor is always subjective, and at least one of his examples didn't strike me as particularly funny (I won't say which one; it might have you rolling on the floor), but the explanation of how it was arrived at is very interesting. I like the emphasis on finding humor in character and situation, rather than joke writing. The analysis of the infamous "Chuckles the Clown episode of the Mary Tyler Moore show is in itself worth the (very small) price of admission.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great value for 99 cents =) 2 Sept. 2013
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Awfully brief but has some good ideas. Enjoyed the script of Mary Tyler Moore show (when the clown passed on and Mary provided the surprise ending). Found myself smiling as I read, remembering the original.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book! 3 Sept. 2014
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It amazes me that James Scott Bell's books aren't more famous than they are. His writing style is outstanding and he is a master at dialogue, something that most writers struggle with. This how to write comedy was actually a bare bones teaching from his many lesson's learned under his own writing guru; the style which the book is written allows you to see the author as ONE AMONG US, verses some great writer on a pedestal spitting small gold nuggets of wisdom that rarely, if ever, produce sound writing and keen understanding of challenges that most new writers face. I love this author and was introduced to his teachings by requesting materials from a Glorietta Writer's Conference. Extremely approachable, he selflessly offered to send more materials to support the teaching tapes I purchased, responded quickly to my emails and questions and provided outstanding support - again approachable and very down to earth. Can't say enough good things about him, or this book. James Scott Bell should be experiencing the notoriety that many authors that aren't nearly as talented currently experience. He has honed his skills as a writer and is an excellent teacher for those who wish to hone their own. Thanks James! Great book.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars short simple and exactly what you need 12 July 2014
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In a few pages JSB provides us with the cliffs notes to funny writing. So simple yet largely ignored. Excellent advice and coaching.
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