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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable insight into the craft of comedy.
Any fan,student or creator of comedy will find this book to be both entertaining and informative.Featuring amusing,relaxed and often revealing interviews with the likes of Spike Milligan,Galton and Simpson,Denis Norden,Eddie Braben and John Sullivan,this collection takes one behind the scenes,into that cramped little office where blank pieces of paper are stared...
Published on 12 May 2000

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3.0 out of 5 stars Good but so not worth the price some people are listing it at
This book is good. It would definitely be of interest to an aspiring comedy writer but the prices some people are listing it at would almost suggest it has some magical ingredient that will be the difference between your ultimate success or failure. It doesn't.

I don't know if the high price is due to some top UK writers recommending it on Twitter a few months...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but so not worth the price some people are listing it at, 30 Sept. 2013
This review is from: Now That's Funny (Hardcover)
This book is good. It would definitely be of interest to an aspiring comedy writer but the prices some people are listing it at would almost suggest it has some magical ingredient that will be the difference between your ultimate success or failure. It doesn't.

I don't know if the high price is due to some top UK writers recommending it on Twitter a few months back increasing demand, but please, please, please do not spend £100-£150 (or even £25 for that matter) of your hard earned cash on this book. It's simply not worth it.

That's not to say don't get it if you can find it at the right price though. Some of the insights are great, though it is worth noting that it was released in 1997 and certain chapters feel pretty dated (Richard Curtis talks about a new project he's working on called Notting Hill for example). I think I eventually managed to pick this up on ebay for about £10 after requesting to be notified when it was listed. I am still getting those notifications and in fact have just had one today saying it's available for $3.99 on US ebay which prompted me to write this review.

So decent book but total rip-off. Best book on comedy writing I have read to date is 'And here's the kicker' by Mike Sacks. Sure, some of the interviews will be more relevant than others (depending on your interests) but at around £12, it's well worth it.

Hopefully this will save at least one person a bit of money. Spend it on your loved ones instead.

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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An invaluable insight into the craft of comedy., 12 May 2000
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This review is from: Now That's Funny (Hardcover)
Any fan,student or creator of comedy will find this book to be both entertaining and informative.Featuring amusing,relaxed and often revealing interviews with the likes of Spike Milligan,Galton and Simpson,Denis Norden,Eddie Braben and John Sullivan,this collection takes one behind the scenes,into that cramped little office where blank pieces of paper are stared at,scribbled on,screwed up and replaced,where deadlines draw ever nearer and tempers come closer to being lost,and where all the laughs were started.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Now That IS Funny!, 2 May 2010
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Great book! Interesting stuff from all the comedy writers worth hearing from! The Spike Milligan page alone is worth the price of the book!
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