How to Write Funny

Your Serious, Step-By-Step Blueprint for Creating Incredibly, Irresistibly, Successfully Hilarious Writing


Author: Scott Dikkers

Publisher: CreateSpace

ISBN: 9781499196122

Category: Education

Page: 136

View: 601

The definitive comedy-writing handbook from one of the genre's most celebrated writers, this easy-to-follow guide lays out a clear system for creating humor that gets big, milk-coming-out-of-your-nose laughs, reliably and repeatably. You'll learn...• the three sure-fire ways to generate material• the 11 kinds of jokes and how to tell them• the secret to permanently overcoming writer's block• and many more tips, tricks and techniques

How to Write Funny


Author: John Kachuba

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books


Category: Reference

Page: 256

View: 6010

Writing humor is subjective and challenging - thankfully, there are many ways to create it. How to Write Funny provides advice, insights and humor from more than twenty writers with a gift for making readers laugh. &break;&break;In a diverse collection of articles and interviews, both classic and new, this esteemed group of writers, including Dave Barry, Bill Bryson and Jennifer Crusie, provides different viewpoints on how humor works on the page, whether in short stories, memoirs, novels or articles. You'll learn the principles and basic forms of comedy, when to break the rules of reason, the importance of being yourself, why you should stop trying to hard to be funny, and how to write for specific genres and audiences. &break;&break;You'll also sit in on a special roundtable discussion featuring P.J. O'Rourke, Mark Leyner, Maggie Estep and James Finn Garner, as well as a one-of-a-kind "how-to" workshop conducted by funny lady and best-selling author Jennifer Crusie. &break;&break;You've got a sense of humor. You've got the will to write. Combining the two, and getting it right, will bring a smile to your face and a chuckle to your readers.

Welcome to the Future Which Is Mine


Author: Not Elon Musk,Scott Dikkers

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing

ISBN: 1538764148

Category: Humor

Page: 192

View: 3525

Bluetooth death rays, killer Roombas, and Teslas with a secret button that will launch your car into outer space -- the future, according to Not Elon Musk, is an exciting time to neuralink and obey! A landmark volume written by one of the great minds of our time, Not Elon Musk's WELCOME TO THE FUTURE explores such profound questions as: How will mankind travel through tubes? When will Alexa and Siri become self-aware and convince us to fall in love with them only to break our hearts? Why is the Tesla plant built in a hollowed-out volcano on a private island? And where are the best hidden valleys on Mars to survive the coming Hair Transplant Wars? Part Stephen Hawking-like visionary, part Neil deGrasse Tyson-like evil genius, part Steve Jobs-like cornered-at-a-party creep, Not Elon Musk explains in WELCOME TO THE FUTURE why Not Elon Musk is so ready to fix Earth but also, possibly, leave it.

What Are You Laughing At?

How to Write Humor for Screenplays, Stories, and More


Author: Brad Schreiber

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing Inc.

ISBN: 1621536017

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

View: 8416

“People have forgotten how to be funny,” says Chris Vogler in his foreword to What Are You Laughing at? Luckily, experienced and award-winning humor writer Brad Schreiber is here to remind us all how it’s done. If laughter is the best medicine, be prepared to feel fit as a fiddle after perusing these pages. Brad’s clever wit and well-timed punch lines are sure to leave you grasping your sides, while his wise advice will ensure that you’re able to follow in his comedic footsteps. With more than seventy excerpts from such expert prose and screenwriters as Woody Allen, Steve Martin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr., as well as unique writing exercises for all situations, this comprehensive tutorial will teach you how to write humor prose for any literary form, including screenwriting, story writing, theater, television, and audio/radio. Additionally, readers are given sage advice on different tactics for writing comedic fiction versus comedic nonfiction. Some of the topics discussed include: Life experience versus imagination How to use humor to develop theme/setting, character, and dialogue Rhythm and sound of words Vulgarity and bad taste How to market your humor prose in the digital market Thoroughly revised and updated, and with new information on writing short, humorous films, What Are You Laughing at? is your endless source to learning the art of comedy.

How to Write and Share Humor

Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans


Author: Donna Cavanagh

Publisher: Humoroutcasts Press

ISBN: 9780692722824


Page: 162

View: 4715

Did you know there are writing techniques designed to bring out the funny in all of us? Humor is a difficult genre, but for those who have the desire to make people's lives a little lighter with words, this book is for them. Written in an encouraging and entertaining tone and based on Donna Cavanagh's humor writing workshops, How to Write and Share Humor: Techniques to Tickle Funny Bones and Win Fans highlights the "humor helpers" that writers, business professionals or speakers can use to make audiences laugh out loud, softly chuckle or smile with amusement. The book is divided into three parts. Part I explains how to use specific humor techniques plus it provides writing exercises so budding humorists can practice their new craft. Part II talks about the importance of blogging on both individual and community sites and the ins-and-outs of social media. And for those who want to take their writing to the next level, Part III describes the new world of publishing and the options that are out there for all authors. As an added bonus, humorists, authors and comics have contributed "What Inspires my Humor" essays for some reader motivation.

Do You Talk Funny?

7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker


Author: David Nihill

Publisher: BenBella Books, Inc.

ISBN: 1942952287

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 208

View: 1296

Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change. In what doesn’t sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be an accomplished comedian called "Irish Dave" for one full year, crashing as many comedy clubs, festivals, and shows as possible. One part of the plan was at least logical: he was already Irish and already called Dave. In one year, David went from being deathly afraid of public speaking to hosting a business conference, regularly performing stand-up comedy and winning storytelling competitions in front of packed houses. And he did it by learning from some of the best public speakers in the world: stand-up comedians. Do You Talk Funny?: 7 Comedy Habits to Become a Better (and Funnier) Public Speaker shows how the key principles of stand-up comedy can be applied to your speaking engagements and presentations to make you funnier, more interesting, and better looking. (Or at least two of the three.) Whether you are preparing for a business presentation, giving a wedding toast, defending your thesis, raising money from investors, or simply want to take on something you're afraid of, this book will take you from sweaty to stage-ready. You’ll learn how to: - Craft a story and content that your audience will want to listen to - Find the funniest parts of your material and how to get to them faster - Deal with stage fright - Master the two most important parts of your performance: timing and delivery Ten percent of the author's proceeds from this book will go to Arash Bayatmakou via Help Hope Live until he is fully back on his feet and thereafter to one of the many facing the same challenges after suffering a severe spinal cord injury.

The Client Acquisition Blueprint

A Simple, Step-by-step Blueprint for Creating an Epic Marketing Strategy & Online Presence


Author: Hugo Fernandez

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781544042107


Page: 198

View: 6272

ATTENTION! If You're an Entrepreneur Looking for Proven Ways to Attract More Clients, Make More Money, and Eliminate the Competition... Then you must read The Client Acquisition Blueprint. Learn the secrets to predictable and sustainable growth. Imagine that you could have a steady stream of people who WANT your products and services, calling you, following you on social media, and messaging you for help - each and every day. Imagine then that you were able to turn these leads into quality clients - that not only valued you, but also demonstrated that respect by compensating you at the rates you truly deserve... in ADVANCE! Well you don't have to imagine any longer - in this new book from the CEO of Just Digital Inc, Hugo Fernandez, you will discover: 1) The 10 keys to an EPIC online presence and the #1 thing you MUST have in your strategy to develop an unshakeable marketing foundation 2) The secret to generating all the leads you could ever want - including the Not-So-Obvious questions you need to answer to attract highly qualified, easy-to-work with potential clients. 3) The top mistakes in marketing that could be costing you tens-if-not-hundreds of thousands of dollars... and the specific steps you must take to make sure every your efforts produce maximum results. 4) An EASY and AUTOMATED way to close more prospects (Even if you HATE selling, this eliminates all stress, fear, and doubt.) 5) Paid and Organic Traffic Mastery: The Fail-Proof Facebook Ads, Google Adwords, and Organic Authority campaigns that nobody is talking about yet (Huge first mover advantage!) 6) How to create irresistible offers, lead magnets, and landing pages to convert website visitors into leads. 7) The Profit Path: How to maximize your ROI and profits! How will you make money and how do you know if what you're doing is actually working? Most business fail here. 8) The missing piece that can get you off the cash flow rollercoaster and allows you to scale your growth. And a whole lot more! A Simple 10 Step Blueprint For An Epic Online Presence + Marketing Strategy This book simplifies the proven strategies and techniques so even those with little to no marketing knowledge and experience can build an online presence that will help them grow their business. Reading this book and following these simple steps might just be what your business needs from you! REVIEWS "There are very few companies that can take a vision, build a foundation and create a brand that gets results. The Just Digital Inc team does just that, and much more. If you're serious about taking your brand awareness, customer experience, and most importantly your RESULTS to a whole new level. I would strongly recommend this book. It will take all the headache out of building your brand and marketing your business, which in my opinion is priceless. In this ever changing economy, it's crucial you differentiate your business and actually stand out." -Peter Voogd, Author of 6 months to 6 figures and Founder of The Gamechangers Academy "As a small business owner, it's difficult to always stay on target with respect to our marketing, sales, and end vision goals. Hugo has helped organize and keep us focussed on priorities so that we maintain efficiency and maximize our efforts. Most importantly, we are now working with clients who want to work with us (as opposed to chasing our clients) and that is priceless. Just Digital helped us not only understand that, but also paved the path for us to get there." -Edward P. CEO of Process Green

The Hidden Tools of Comedy

The Serious Business of Being Funny


Author: Steve Kaplan

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781615931408

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

View: 1225

While other books give you tips on how to “write funny,” this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. The Hidden Tools of Comedy unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy. Kaplan deconstructs sequences in popular films and TV that work and don’t work, and explains what tools were used (or should have been used).

Our Dumb Century


Author: Scott Dikkers,Maria Schneider,John Krewson,Robert Siegel

Publisher: Crown Pub

ISBN: 0307393577

Category: Humor

Page: 164

View: 533

The staff of The Onion presents a satirical collection of mock headlines and news stories, including an account of the Pentagon's development of an A-bomb-resistant desk for schoolchildren.

The Pretty Good Jim's Journal Treasury

The Even More Definitive Collection of Every Published Cartoon by Jim


Author: Scott Dikkers

Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform

ISBN: 9781535199889


Page: 420

View: 6130

The complete collection of the comic strip "Jim's Journal," created by Scott Dikkers. This minimalist comic strip, featuring little more than stick figures and scribbles, entertained readers in several dozen college newspapers in the '80s and '90s with its amusing and oddly soothing slice-of-life insights. In 1992, a Rolling Stone magazine poll named "Jim" one of American college students' top ten favorite writers. The "Jim's Journal" archive is currently featured daily on

The Comedy Bible

From Stand-up to Sitcom--The Comedy Writer's Ultimate "How To" Guide


Author: Judy Carter

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743219023

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 368

View: 2484

Judy Carter, guru to aspiring comedy writers and stand-up comics, tells all about the biz of being funny and writing funny in this bright, entertaining, and totally practical guide on how to draw humor from your life and turn it into a career. Do you think you’re funny? Do you want to turn your sense of humor into a career? If the answer is yes, then Judy Carter’s The Comedy Bible is for you. The guru to aspiring stand-up comics provides the complete scoop on being—and writing—funny for money. If you’ve got a sense of humor, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it’s creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work. Using the hands-on workbook format that was so effective in her bestselling first book, Stand-Up Comedy: The Book, Carter offers a series of day-by-day exercises that draw on her many years as a successful stand-up comic and the head of a nationally known comedy school. Also included are practical tips and advice from today’s top comedy professionals—from Bernie Brillstein to Christopher Titus to Richard Lewis. She presents the pros and cons of the various comedy fields—stand-up, script, speech and joke writing, one-person shows, humor essays—and shows how to tailor your material for each. She teaches how to find your “authentic” voice—the true source of comedy. And, perhaps most important, Carter explains how to take a finished product to the next level—making money—by pitching it to a buyer and negotiating a contract. Written in Carter’s unique, take-no-prisoners voice, The Comedy Bible is practical, inspirational, and funny.

The Onion's Finest News Reporting


Author: Scott Dikkers,Robert Siegel

Publisher: Three Rivers Press (CA)

ISBN: 9780609804636

Category: Humor

Page: 176

View: 3294

Presents a collection of satirical news stories from the humor magazine and its Website, including such events as "Clinton Deploys Vowels to Bosnia," "Civil War Enthusiasts Burn Atlanta to the Ground," and "Microsoft Patents Ones, Zeroes"

Destined for Destiny

The Unauthorized Autobiography of George W. Bush


Author: Scott Dikkers,Peter Hilleren

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 0743299663

Category: Humor

Page: 167

View: 638

From the creators of America's favorite presidential address, (as seen on, comes this unauthorized autobiography of George W. Bush.

Comedy Writing for Late-Night TV

How to Write Monologue Jokes, Desk Pieces, Sketches, Parodies, Audience Pieces, Remotes, and Other Short-Form Comedy


Author: Joe Toplyn

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780615953892

Category: Comedy

Page: 444

View: 2457

He has written and produced comedy/talk shows for over fifteen years. Now four-time Emmy winner Joe Toplyn reveals his proven methods of writing for late-night television in this one-of-a-kind insider's guide. Toplyn analyzes each type of comedy piece in the late-night TV playbook and takes you step-by-step through the process of writing it. His detailed tips, techniques, and rules include: * 6 characteristics every good monologue joke topic must have* 6 specific ways to generate punch lines* 12 tools for making your jokes their funniest* 7 types of desk pieces and how to create them* 9 steps to writing parodies and other sketches * How to go after a writing job in late night* PLUS a complete sample comedy/talk show submission packetAlso use this comprehensive manual to write short-form comedy for the Internet, sketch shows, magazines, reality shows, radio, advertising, and any other medium.

You Are Worthless

Depressing Nuggets of Wisdom Sure to Ruin Your Day


Author: Scott Dikkers

Publisher: Andrews McMeel Publishing

ISBN: 0740789414

Category: Humor

Page: 240

View: 9370

You Are Worthless is the self-help book from hell. This bracing blast of negativity takes aim at the impossibly cheerful "inspirational self-help" books flooding the market and hits the bullseye, with chapters such as "Your Good-for-Nothing Friends," "Your Miserable Job," and "Life: What's the Use". This hilarious parody collects hundreds of tidbits of painful reality such as "You're no good, you're not great-looking, and you're going to die someday and it's probably going to hurt." Who among us isn't sick to death of the gushy, new-agey inspirational books that blindly assert that everyone is worthy? We all know the truth, and this book is as refreshing as a slap to the face. Just some of the depressingly humorous nuggets of truth include: * You don't really have any outstanding qualities. It's safe to say you're pretty much just like everybody else. * The only reason your pet likes you is because you feed it. * As you get older, you are going to have less and less control over your bladder. * If you take a big risk and follow your dream, chances are you're going to fall flat on your face. You Are Worthless also features a section called "Hopeless Role Models from History," including Helen Keller ("I've had it"), and Abraham Lincoln ("The only thing I'm good at is losing").

Comedy Writing Secrets


Author: Mel Helitzer,Mark Shatz

Publisher: Writer's Digest Books

ISBN: 9781582973579

Category: Reference

Page: 352

View: 1983

The Only Handbook for Humor Writers! "What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke."—Steve Martin Become the funniest person in the room! With Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, you can master the fundamentals of humor writing and turn your comedic talent into a well-paying pursuit. For more than a decade, Comedy Writing Secrets has been giving aspiring comedians a leg up on the competition. In this expanded new edition, Mel Helitzer, named the "funniest professor in the country" by Rolling Stone magazine, and funnyman Mark Shatz pack in even more insight and instruction, including: Humor writing exercises to punch up your jokes Extra information on writing for sitcoms and stand-up Comedic brainstorming techniques using associations and listings Exclusive tips for writing humor for specific markets like editorials, columns, speeches, advertising, greeting cards, t-shirts, and more Tap into your comedic genius with Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, and you'll always leave 'em laughing!

Get Started in Stand-Up Comedy


Author: Logan Murray

Publisher: Teach Yourself

ISBN: 1473607191

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 256

View: 1683

LEARN HOW TO WRITE AND PERFORM STAND UP COMEDY. A new edition of Be A Great Stand-Up, now fully revised and updated with new material on setting up and running a comedy night and mining almost any subject for jokes. Logan Murray has successfully taught the techniques of stand-up comedy to thousands, and in this book he distills his years of experience into the essential skills for a great and enjoyable performance. He will help you find your creative streak and your funny side, build the confidence to deliver, and explain the finer details of stagecraft, from dealing with hecklers to coping with props. There is a full guide to the practicalities, from finding gigs to securing an agent, with plenty of valuable hints, tips and advice. Drawing on Logan's years of teaching and his own successful stand-up career, with top tips from some of the most well-known people in the business, it is guaranteed to bring a smile to both your face and that of your future audience. As well as full updates throughout the book, this new edition contains fresh material on how to set up and run a comedy night, mine any subject for jokes and advice on festivals. ABOUT THE SERIES The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.