The Everything Guide to Comedy Writing (Everything Series) Paperback – 25 Sep 2009
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About the Author
Michael Bent started performing stand-up comedy when he was 16 at the famous Ding Ho comedy club in Cambridge Massachusetts. He has performed at comedy clubs and colleges throughout the United States, and has performed at the prestigious Montreal Comedy Festival. His television appearances include spots on NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central and A&E. He teaches comedy writing at Boston's Emerson College, and is a comedy consultant for Warner Brothers.
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I do intend to return to stand-up very soon though (in a different venue, obviously). This book is the latest addition to my comedy-writing library and, although it does attempt (rather half-heartedly in some instances) to take a look at a broad spectrum of comedy-writing outlets, it was the sections relating to stand-up I was especially interested in. However, it is an American book, so I can't say I would recognise most of the comedy writers mentioned, even if I fell over them. Mind you, I suppose it might get a big laugh. The list of Comedy Clubs in the United States is also ever so slightly superfluous.
The book's primary goal seems to be to combine two statements that appear, at least at first glance, to be totally contradictory. First, that 'everyone can be funny - you just need to find your own style'... and second, that 'it is impossible to teach someone to be funny'. Oh... does that mean I wasted my money here then?
No, far from it. We are, all of us, funny - that's the point. We just need to identify the best way in which to showcase it, that's all. That's what the purpose of this book seems to be. To provide us with a few exercises designed to really train our brains to see the world from a fresh, exciting and (hopefully!Read more ›