Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Sorry, this item is not available in
Image not available for
Colour:
Image not available

 
Tell the Publisher!
Id like to read this book on Kindle

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Successful Sitcom Writing [Hardcover]

Jurgen Wolff
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

Available from these sellers.


Formats

Amazon Price New from Used from
Hardcover --  
Hardcover, Aug 1996 --  
Amazon.co.uk Trade-In Store
Did you know you can use your mobile to trade in your unwanted books for an Amazon.co.uk Gift Card to spend on the things you want? Visit the Books Trade-In Store for more details or check out the Trade-In Amazon Mobile App Guidelines on how to trade in using a smartphone. Learn more.

Book Description

Aug 1996
This guide to sitcom writing gives tips for the writer and analyzes the current most popular American shows, including "Friends", "Frasier", "Seinfeld" and "Roseanne". Subjects covered include character development, and physical comedy and timing.
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


Product details

  • Hardcover: 213 pages
  • Publisher: St Martin's Press; Revised edition edition (Aug 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312144261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312144265
  • Product Dimensions: 21.7 x 15 x 2.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,502,414 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
  • See Complete Table of Contents

More About the Authors

Discover books, learn about writers, and more.

Product Description

From the Author

An exciting format for writers
Sitcoms are an exciting format for writers, and the time is right for some fresh ideas for U.K. television. Although the examples in the book are mostly from U.S. series, I believe the book will help U.K. writers to develop interesting characters (the key to a successful sitcom, much more than the situation), structure stories, and learn how to present ideas for original series. Good luck! --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

Sell a Digital Version of This Book in the Kindle Store

If you are a publisher or author and hold the digital rights to a book, you can sell a digital version of it in our Kindle Store. Learn more

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


Customer Reviews

4 star
0
3 star
0
2 star
0
1 star
0
5.0 out of 5 stars
5.0 out of 5 stars
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Hardcover
A great book for any comedy writer. Biased towards the States but full of solid information on the hard parts of sitcom writing - plot character and ideas. I've read a lot of (situation) comedy writing books and this is the best no question. I owe one broadcast BBC radio series and a Channel Four commision to this book. Go for it!!!
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, practical guide 1 Jun 2011
Format:Hardcover
This clear, practical guide is thoroughly recommended. The main difference between the two editions is that the sitcoms cited as examples have been updated, so there is no compelling reason to buy the more expensive versions. Very useful for generating ideas and there is a short but invaluable chapter on shaping sitcom characters. Aimed at the American market but there's a great deal about the basics of writing which is equally applicable to British writers.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Helpful Customer Reviews on Amazon.com (beta)
Amazon.com: 3.5 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not a bad book, but . . . 18 Feb 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
if you are serious about learning how to write sitcoms, the Evan Smith book "Writing Television Sitcoms" is much better. Smith's book gives better more detailed advice, plus it is more current.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Recommended. A focused and concise book on sitcom writing. 25 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book gathers the basic information on sitcom writing an a refreshingly straightforward manner. Because of the focus on successful network shows, the examples are necessarily lame. This book focuses on the structural requirements of teleplays as well as applicable business constraints.
This will not teach one how to be funny. No book can. But, as the book states: jokes are easy. Story is hard. This book will help you craft a better sitcom story in a professional manner.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're ready to write, this book will help you focus 11 Nov 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
Boy, did I love this book... Mr. Wolff engagingly shares his experience as a veteran of the sit-com world with his audience of hopefuls, and makes it not only understandable but enjoyable. I was especially motivated by his step-by-step exercises designed to free the muse. And even though he was very direct about the chances of an unknown actually selling a show, he made me feel I can -- and will-- succeed. If he's this good on paper, I can only imagine how inspiring he would be in a classroom!
3.0 out of 5 stars No Cover Sleeve 14 Oct 2013
By Noladarling - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I love this book. I've bought it several times and given it as a gift. I didn't realize it was coming without a cover. A little disappointed, but the book was in good condition.
4 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This tired and insipid book................................. 24 July 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
This book is sorporific. It's humour-free and is as dessicated as the gobi dessert. Wolff and Ferrante are to comedy writing what Ronald Reagan is to rememberance. This tired and insipid book is the broker of an unalloyed satanism. It purports to transform sketchy scrips into something monolithically funny. But their techniques are utterly without value and character. My mother, bless her, has more depth and writing ability than these two charlatans, and she has never picked up a pen or read a book.
Were these reviews helpful?   Let us know
Search Customer Reviews
Only search this product's reviews
ARRAY(0xa627c60c)

Customer Discussions

This product's forum
Discussion Replies Latest Post
No discussions yet

Ask questions, Share opinions, Gain insight
Start a new discussion
Topic:
First post:
Prompts for sign-in
 

Search Customer Discussions
Search all Amazon discussions
   


Look for similar items by category


Feedback