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  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Quill Driver Books, U.S.; Revised ed. edition (1 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1884956661
  • ISBN-13: 978-1884956669
  • Product Dimensions: 15.6 x 2 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 498,596 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"The classic by three-time Emmy-award winning writer [Gene] Perret . . . offers timeless, nuts-and-bolts practical advice. He discusses finding your voice and your genre, and writing for your audience." --"ASJA Monthly"

""The classic by three-time Emmy-award winning writer [Gene] Perret . . . offers timeless, nuts-and-bolts practical advice. He discusses finding your voice and your genre, and writing for your audience."" --""ASJA Monthly""

About the Author

Gene Perret has been a professional comedy writer since the early 1960s, writing stand-up material for Slappy White and Phyllis Diller, among others. He began in television in 1968 on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. He wrote for Laugh-In and collected three Emmys as a staff writer on The Carol Burnett Show. Gene was on Bob Hope's writing staff for twenty-eight years, the last twelve as Hope's head writer. He traveled with the Hope troupe to several of the Christmas shows from war zones. He produced Welcome Back Kotter, Three's Company, and The Tim Conway Show. Today, he lives in Southern California and teaches email classes in comedy writing. His hobbies include painting, sketching, and playing the guitar. He paints rather well and sketches adequately, but you don't want to listen to his guitar playing. No one does.

Carol Burnett is a highly acclaimed actress known for her roles on stage and screen, most notably "The Carol Burnett Show"." "She has been honored with twelve People s Choice Awards, eight Golden Globes, six Emmy Awards, The Kennedy Center Honors, and the Mark Twain Prize for Humor.


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I used the original version of this book in the early 90's to take my first steps into comedy so I was very excited to see a new edition. This is though, a re-packaging. There are no new joke writing methods but there is lots of advice from current and some very famous comics which is always inspiring.
Gene Perret is the God Father of the formalised joke writing method (he used to write for Bob Hope), a lot of his joke writing exercises seem a little basic these days, but I'd challenge any comedy writer no matter how experienced to do the `organised list' and complete it with `opposites'. To do it well takes an hour but whenever I did it I always got a joke from it.
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I may occasionally consider myself a bit of a wag, but I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a comedian or comedy writer. Why wouldn't I? Simply because I can't create a joke that is genuinely funny for every situation, at will. Unfortunately, this shortcoming doesn't stop some people and while it may be true that Gene Perret is a successful comedy writer for some 'big names in US', that doesn't necessarily translate well to UK tastes. The book's layout was very well done, changes and choices of font, including a few little Kindle typos that didn't detract much, but the general thrust of the book was all rather too Tonight Show for my liking. The example jokes about marriage wouldn't exactly have them 'rolling in the aisles' either, no matter how you sugarcoat them. If you want to work as a comedy writer somewhere in a committee, banging out tons of cookie-cutter episodes of Friends or David Letterman lists of tens, then maybe this is for you. For me, there's not much I like less in comedy, so while teaching someone how to be funny is rather ambitious and Perret explains as well as anyone how to do this, it just isn't for me.
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Everything you need to know to help you start writing good comedy. Great practical advice, written in a very approachable style. I found the sketch writing chapter particularly useful with good examples to emulate. My frog's got no toes? Yeah, he's hopless - C'mon, it's early days!.
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