Sally Holloway, Author: Joke Writing (Serious Guide to)

Author of The Serious Guide to Joke Writing
Helpful votes received on reviews: 95% (53 of 56)
In My Own Words:
I was a stand-up comic for 11 years and now and passionate about teaching and writing about comedy. My book 'The Serious Guide to Joke Writing' is basically the book I wish I had had when I was a stand-up comic, topical joke writer and radio panellist .

The mechanics and the magic of comedy. How to make anything funny. How to start with a joke writing formula and then end up walking into the unknown. I adore the fact creativity is the same across all mediums and use this to inspire me every day.


Top Reviewer Ranking: 157,891 - Total Helpful Votes: 53 of 56
Writing for Radio by Shaun MacLoughlin
Writing for Radio by Shaun MacLoughlin
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
This book covers drama, comedy, short stories and features which makes it a broad view of radio writing. The author uses scripts he has produced for the BBC to illustrate points. Most useful though are the lists of websites and contacts and chapter, `From Script to Production' which gives a behind the scenes look at radio production.
Mr Macloughlin has good ideas and really knows his subject but there are no exercises or lessons for readers to try apart from to try and emulate the examples he give. As readers of my other reviews might know this is my pet-hate in books that purport to be `how to' books. I do still highly recommend this book for the novices to the craft of writing for… Read more
Writing Comedy (Writing Handbooks) by John Byrne
When I teach I recommend this book to people who are thinking of writing for others. It has a wealth of information and advice from the author on selling your comedy writing and you get the sense that John Byne has really done it and knows what it's like to be a jobbing writer.
As for the rest of it was very basic on the actual comedy writing front, the low point being where he explains that `it' is frequently used to stand in for the sexual act !! Although I thought he explained brain storming well, so the novice writer would find that very useful.
Attitude - wanna make something of it? : The Secre&hellip by Tony Allen
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
If you've ever sat with a beer, late at night after a gig deconstructing comedy you will see yourself in this book. It is part memoir, part diary, part treastie on comedy.
As an ex stand-up comic myself I did find some of it interesting as it is mainly a very personal history of alternative comedy told through gig reviews and reminiscences. Impressively some of them slag off other comics, in these days where we're all afraid of upsetting people I was genuinely amused and it does show that if nothing else Tony Allen does have tons of the attitude that he so keenly promotes.
Anyone with an academic interest in the history of the 1980's alternative comedy scene in Britain will love… Read more