Perret, a comedy writer and author, details the principles of writing stand-up, sketch, and situation comedy. He guides readers in teaching themselves to write comedy using exercises and analysis of the work of famous comedians and writers, and explains how to use quotas and overwriting to spur production. Various topics are covered including understanding the business, learning joke writing by watching comics, communicating with those in the field, understanding performance and the relationship with the audience, selecting a mentor and learning their style, paying attention to attitude, language, and delivery, finding topics, doing research, writing routines, and finding and studying joke formulas. He then details how to write sketches by watching and analyzing shows and sketch endings, and how to write sitcoms by watching shows and developing and writing a story and script. Annotation å©2015 Ringgold, Inc., Portland, OR (protoview.com)
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