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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about sitcom writing
Incredibly well written; this is a must have for all aspiring sitcomwriters. The techniques and theory it teaches have been invaluable to meand have - hopefully! - made me a better writer.
The bonus about this book though is that it's actually amusing, making itmuch easier to digest the information. Evan writes in a straightforwardand simple manner, with great advice...
Published on 22 April 2004 by Eddie Bernard

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2.0 out of 5 stars Not new! Severely used!!
After waiting well after the expected delivery date, we then opened to find the book was very worn and not new as described. Now it's just collecting dust as it was supposed to be a Christmas present, can't give something like that to a family member! Contents was useful but quite annoyed with the poor description and service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Everything you need to know about sitcom writing, 22 April 2004
This review is from: Writing Television Sitcoms (Paperback)
Incredibly well written; this is a must have for all aspiring sitcomwriters. The techniques and theory it teaches have been invaluable to meand have - hopefully! - made me a better writer.
The bonus about this book though is that it's actually amusing, making itmuch easier to digest the information. Evan writes in a straightforwardand simple manner, with great advice on not just writing, but how to takeyour writing to the next level by getting an agent and, ultimately, a job.Well worth the money.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for established or aspiring writers of sitcoms, 20 Jan. 2000
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This review is from: Writing Television Sitcoms (Paperback)
This book is a must for established or aspiring writers of sitcoms. Employ Evan Smith's premise driven writing concept and you'll never suffer from writer's block ever again. Those story lines will flow like Niagara Falls.
The tips from established industry names are worth the cover price alone, and Evan himself is more than well qualified to advise on the mechanics of funny writing.
Although geared towards writing for the Los Angeles market, the book is invaluable for anyone who has more than a passing interest in comedy and constantly wonders just what it is that makes us laugh. Go buy it and write that ratings topper!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good and useful tips (especially for US Writers), 7 Jun. 2006
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Smith's book is extremely readable and offers a wealth of good advice about creating successful sitcoms. He espouses "premise driven" methods - ie the "sit" in "sitcom" and applies good commonsense but well laid out rules to help you structure your plots so that the humour flows freely and naturally out of the situations and characters. There are some excellent lists of scenario and character types that you'll recognise and some appropriate examples. He also gives sensible and practical advice about developing style, drafting, revising and producing a spec script. Plus he's very enthusiastic as well as realistic, speaking with authority and from experience. That said, much of the advice is aimed squarely at the American market so those of us on the other side of the pond must take about the half the book with a pinch of salt. Perhaps the best advice he gives is to watch lots of sitcoms and read (and write) lots of scripts. Good luck.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book! If you want to write for sitcoms, look no more., 11 Aug. 1999
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This is a great book and very helpful. It really tells you what it takes and anybody from an inexperienced writer with an idea to a studio regular can benefit. I loved it. My friend has been trying to steal my copy so I'm buying another one for him.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile, 3 July 2015
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This very professional book is divided into three parts:

1. Writing Premise-Driven Comedy: This is an unusual but undoubtedly helpful approach to sitcom writing. Essentially it means weaving comedy into the pre-determined premise of a story or script rather than the other way round.

2. Writing A Professional Script: if part one discusses comedy writing theory, then part two explains how to put that theory into practice.

3. A Battle Plan For Launching Your Career: this section outlines a step-by-step strategy for finding work, and includes quite useful insider tips.

There are few writers who could not learn from this book. It's well worth a read. But one star taken off because it is a little American-oriented.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not new! Severely used!!, 14 Feb. 2013
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After waiting well after the expected delivery date, we then opened to find the book was very worn and not new as described. Now it's just collecting dust as it was supposed to be a Christmas present, can't give something like that to a family member! Contents was useful but quite annoyed with the poor description and service.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 'Guide Book' to comedy writing, 20 April 2009
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This book covers all the bases with regards to writing an intelligent Premise Driven Sitcom, as well as providing practical inspiration for comedy writing in general. Well worth it.
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