The Comedy Bible
Judy Carter (the author)
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.
Publisher: Fireside Book
Date available: 03/03/2010
Publication date: 08/07/2001
Meet the Author: Judy Carter
Judy Carter has appeared in clubs across the country, as well as on many TV shows, has coached over 5000 comics in comedy workshops, and has brought her message of “turning problems into punch lines” to Fortune 500 companies. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on Oprah. Carter’s other talents include snowboarding and making stuffed matzo balls. She lives in her native California, in Venice Beach.