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Great for beginners, but less for the proffessional.
on 10 November 2016
This is a great book for beginners, but the book isn't called "Joke Writing for beginners", its "The serious guide to Joke Writing". On the front of the cover, Logan Murray is quoted, "Deserves to be on the bookshelf of every beginner comic and every seasoned professional."
This book is very much focused on the "Joke" part of writing, it will teach you how to be able to write jokes as "He had the sex drive of an animal- unfortunately it was a panda". Which is a fine joke, but if you want to start developing a stand-up routine, this would be a good, soft start and then you would start to develop your own comedy on your own or seek advice from another book. The back of the book promises to learn techniques to write funny and original material for ten different scenarios, such as Stand-up comedy and political satire. While that is true, it also promises Comedy sketches, sitcom scripts and Cartoons (as in the single frame kind, the new yorker) and comic-strips. The book spends about four pages on these topics and quickly goes on. If you want to learn more about these, then this book is not for you.
However, this is a great book for people who have never written comedy before. Even the most boring individual could read this book, follow along and create some funny jokes. For truely honing your comedy writing, search elsewhere.