The Comic Toolbox

How to be Funny Even If You're Not

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Author: John Vorhaus

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781879505216

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 191

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A straightforward, often humorous workbook approach to comedy writing as creative problem-solving. In it, veteran Hollywood comedy writer John Vorhaus offers his tools of the trade to writers, comics, and anyone else who wants to be funny. Among these indispensable tools are Clash of Context, Tension and Release, The Law of Comic Opposites, The Wildly Inappropriate Response, and The Myth of the Last Great Idea. Readers will learn that comedy = truth and pain (the essence of the comic situation), that fear is the biggest roadblock to comedy (kill the ferocious editor within and rich, useful comic ideas will flow), and much more.

the little book of SITCOM

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Author: John Vorhaus

Publisher: Bafflegab Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 122

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Writing situation comedies isn’t really that hard. So much of what you need to know is already defined for you. You know that your script needs to be a certain short length, with a certain small number of characters. You know that your choice of scenes is limited to your show’s standing sets and maybe one or two swing sets or outside locations. You know how your characters behave and how they’re funny, either because you invented them or because you’re writing for a show where these things are already well established. Sitcom is easy and sitcom is fun. Sitcom is the gateway drug to longer forms of writing. It’s a pretty good buzz and a pretty good ride, a great way to kill an afternoon, or even six months. And now, thanks to comedy writing guru John Vorhaus (author of THE COMIC TOOLBOX: HOW TO BE FUNNY EVEN IF YOU'RE NOT), writing situation comedy is easier than ever. In THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM, you'll find a whole trove of tools, tricks and problem-solving techniques that you can use -- now, today -- to be the sitcom writer of your wildest dreams. Ready to write? Ready to have fun? THE LITTLE BOOK OF SITCOM is the big little book for you.

Comedy Writing 4 Life

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Author: John Vorhaus

Publisher: Bafflegab Books

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 90

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Like all of John Vorhaus's books on writing (The Comic Toolbox, Creativity Rules; that list goes on), Comedy Writing 4 Life makes the creative process easy, fun and accessible to absolutely everyone. Whether you're into stand-up, sketch or improv, situation comedies or comic screenplays, cartoons, video, blogging, whatever, you're going to find so much value in this slim volume that your head will literally explode. Literally. Pieces of it will be found for miles around. You'll learn the fundamental secret of comedy (no secret; comedy is cruelty), how to use filters to create comic characters, simple storytelling shortcuts, and just tons more. With pithy advice like, "Fail big!" and plenty of entertaining exercises that you can do as you go, CW4L presents a simple, effective guide to success in comedy writing and beyond. If you're serious about being frivolous, this little book will change your comedy writing for life.

Comedy Made Easy

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Author: David Kline Lovett

Publisher: eBookIt.com

ISBN: 1456625012

Category: Humor

Page: 308

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This book helps you to write and deliver jokes to attract more money, honey and health into your life. What makes this book unique is that it has 123 joke templates. The templates allow even someone who considers themselves as not funny the ability to easily write and present original funny jokes. This book is much more than simply writing and delivering jokes. When one has the ability to create and present original humor they have the power to create a better world for themselves. Having the gift of humor gives you more: 1. Health 2. Wealth 3. Love It is proven than laughter and humor improves your health, that funny people are more liked and respected. People who are more liked and respected have an easier path to more financial success.

Writing Humor

Creativity and the Comic Mind

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Author: Mary Ann Rishel

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

ISBN: 9780814329603

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 329

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The professor of writing analyzes short fiction, sketches, essays, and scripts to discover the secrets of humorous writing and then offers aspiring writers practical advice on how to write humor, comedy, satire, parody, and nonsense. Simultaneous. (Literature)

Reading Programs for Young Adults

Complete Plans for 50 Theme-Related Units for Public, Middle School and High School Libraries

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Author: Martha Seif Simpson

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 1476605440

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 358

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School and public libraries often provide programs and activities for children in preschool through the sixth grade, but there is little available to young adults. For them, libraries become a place for work—the place to research an assignment or find a book for a report—but the thought of the library as a place for enjoyment is lost. So how do librarians recapture the interest of teenagers? This just might be the answer. Here you will find theme-based units (such as Cartoon Cavalcade, Log On at the Library, Go in Style, Cruising the Mall, Space Shots, Teens on TV, and 44 others) that are designed for young adults. Each includes a display idea, suggestions for local sponsorship of prizes, a program game to encourage participation, 10 theme-related activities, curriculum tie-in activities, sample questions for use in trivia games or scavenger hunts, ideas for activity sheets, a bibliography of related works, and a list of theme-related films. The units are highly flexible, allowing any public or school library to adapt them to their particular needs.

how to live life

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Author: John Vorhaus

Publisher: Bafflegab Books

ISBN: 1505603153

Category: Self-Help

Page: 141

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Life is a problem -- a problem you can solve! All you need are some simple, insightful ways of looking at yourself and your world, plus frank, straightforward tools for developing your philosophy, addressing your feelings and clarifying your goals. And they’re all here for you – in abundance – in John Vorhaus’s down-to-earth guide to lofty concerns, How to Live Life. Using the plain-spoken, exercise-driven approach of his many successful writing books, How to Live Life offers no magic solutions, just practical strategies for advancing your self-awareness, acquiring self-acceptance and closing the gap between the person you are and the person you want to be. If spiritual matters matter to you, if you want to make your life rise, and if you wish to gain a better grasp of the questions that confront us all, this little book will have a great big impact on you.

How to Write Good

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Author: John Vorhaus

Publisher: John Vorhaus

ISBN: N.A

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 102

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Starting with a wink at his own dumb title and a case for whimsy as a writer’s best friend, veteran writer and writing instructor John Vorhaus offers us this latest glimpse inside his writing mind. Drawing on a quarter-century of experience in writing scripts and novels, and teaching and training writers worldwide, Vorhaus delivers a quick, expressive overview of the writing process, how to engage it, and how to beat its common pitfalls. With abundant concrete writing strategies and an empowering generosity of spirit, HOW TO WRITE GOOD joins JV’s classic COMIC TOOLBOX in providing what every writer needs: rules, tools, and a good, swift kick in the motivation.

Killer Poker Online/2: Advanced Strategies For Crushing The Internet Game

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Author: John Vorhaus

Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.

ISBN: 0818407298

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 320

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A revolutionary new approach to a revolutionary game Since the 2003 publication of the groundbreaking Killer Poker Online, the Internet game has exploded and the online poker landscape has completely changed. More than 150,000 people are logged in and playing online for real money every day. What does this mean for you? Lots of opportunities to take serious money from novices. Update your Internet play now and make sure you get your share. In Killer Poker Online/2 You'll learn how to: • Understand and exploit the patterns, tendencies, and weaknesses of online players • Play winning strategies that are not possible in real-world games • Beat the unique sit-and-go tournament • Vanquish foes in heads-up play • Recognize the pitfalls of online cash games • Navigate and dominate full-field online tournaments The online game these days is both easier and harder to beat, and with Killer Poker Online/2, you'll learn the latest strategies to bring home the cash. Praise for John Vorhaus and Killer Poker "Are you ready for a revolution? John Vorhaus will lift your mind to a higher poker plane." --Russ Hamilton, 1994 WSOP Champion "Like a latter-day Aesop, Vorhaus weaves pearls of wisdom into each of his witty and clever tales. He rests secure in his position as one of poker's premier teachers." --Barry Shulman, publisher, Card Player magazine "Don't lend this book to anyone--you'll never get it back!" --Annie Duke, 2004 WSOP Tournament of Champions winner