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The Secrets to Writing Great Comedy: Teach Yourself [Kindle Edition]

Lesley Bown
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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"I recommend this book to anyone looking for a well presented and clearly structured guide to comedy writing. Thank you Lesley Brown for one of those rare instructional books that does exactly what it says on the tin (and more)." (KH - Amazon reviewer)

Book Description

"The Secrets to Writing Great Comedy" is a practical but intriguing guide to comic writing which will teach you the basics from the bottom up, revealing how to unlock the personal anarchy which forms the foundation of great comedy.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 478 KB
  • Print Length: 238 pages
  • Publisher: Teach Yourself (29 April 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004ZKVEUQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #105,740 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding 16 Sep 2011
By Mike
Format:Paperback
I read this twice, the first time just to enjoy it and the second time to work through the exercises. (I did learn that you have to actually write stuff in order to learn how to do it). I specially liked the quotes from professional comedy writers.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The book I have been looking for! 28 Jun 2011
Format:Paperback
I've been looking for a book like this one for a long time! And finally I found one that is just as good as I expect it to be!
An absolutely brilliant book!
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3.0 out of 5 stars Good book slow to arrive 9 Dec 2014
By CIA
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I bought this for a xmas present for my dad so I only flicked through it but content looks good !! It took way too long though to arrive !! I ordered it on the 22nd, dispatched on the 23rd and it only just arrived yesterday (8th of december) So glad as I am leaving tomorrow and was desperate to get it before then
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5.0 out of 5 stars Inspirational 20 Jun 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
I really loved this book and found it hard to put down. As a comedian/speaker I'm always looking for different ways to make things funny, and after reading this book for a few days I came up with a number of lines I can use. The brainstorming exercises are particularly good.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Secrets no more 28 Jan 2012
Format:Paperback
The secrets to writing great comedy are secrets no more - Lesley Bown has revealed them. I have known and co-written with Lesley for many years, so can I be objective about her solo work? Yes I can. In fact friends can often be the sharpest critics.

Using easily accessible advice, tips and exercises, Lesley takes the would-be comic writer through the various stages needed to produce a honed piece of work, whether it's a stand-up routine or a sitcom. Based on her own experiences she deconstructs comedy to show the reader the nuts and bolts of writing funny prose.

Can reading a book turn you into a world-famous comic writer? No, only you can do that. But you can make a very good start by taking on board all the information laid out for you in this highly readable book. And I know it is readable because I have read it right through and that is why I can recommend it.

Ann Gawthorpe
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