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5.0 out of 5 stars Really useful book, friendly style, easy to read, very practical too., 13 Dec 2010
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This review is from: The Serious Guide to Joke Writing: How To Say Something Funny About Anything (Paperback)
Short review: This is a really useful book. Buy it.

Longer review: This is a really useful book. Buy it because it's very easy to read, handily divided into chapters on `theory' and `practical' so you can use it in a way that suits your mood and your current needs. Sally writes in a friendly and conversational style that gives you the feeling you're actually present on her joke writing course (not bad for less than 12) and she sprinkles her text with relevant quotations from famous comedians to give extra inspiration.

There are plenty diagrams, for example of `joke webs' which are her special joke-writing tool for generating ideas. It really helps to see examples drawn out so that you can start to write your own. There are also sections on what results her students came up with from her exercises so you can compare your own ideas with theirs.

I also like the fact that this is a comedy writing book from a British author. So many comedy guides are American and although they have their value, the American sensibility and turn of phrase is different, and if you're British and want to write for a UK audience it's nice to have something rooted in British culture. I'd definitely recommend this book. My only quibble is maybe it needs a slightly funkier cover.

And finally: Here's a joke idea I came up with after reading the chapter on puns (don't groan, they are great warm ups and can lead on to proper jokes too) and then letting my mind do some `Background Processing', another of Sally's top tips:

"I was having a drink with Britain's Most Haunted's Derek Acorah today when he heard he'd won the lottery. He was pondering how to spend the money. All on himself, give it all to charity, 50-50? Anyway, he asked my advice. I thought about it a bit then I punched him in the face. I felt it was necessary to strike a happy medium."

Happy joke writing!
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Initial post: 6 Jan 2012 20:32:36 GMT
I think you should have just punched him anyway..

In reply to an earlier post on 19 Mar 2012 15:37:59 GMT
You know, 'strike a happy medium' is a joke I find very funny and have done ever since Pete and Dud did it in the 1960s.

Posted on 3 Feb 2013 09:54:54 GMT
John Walker says:
Your joke at the end actually made me laugh. Proof is in the pudding. Sold. Added to my wishlist.
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