Comedy Writing Secrets: How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny and Get Paid For It
By Melvin Helitzer
Paperback: 325 pages
Publisher: Writers Digest Books (March 1992)
Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.1 x 1.1 inches
Comedy Writing Secrets by Melvin Helitzer a must!
By RandyB@Aol.Com on June 21, 1998
Helitzer’s Book on comedy writing is the best book out there on the subject. He has a firm grasp on essential techniques needed to refine your raw material into comedy gold. I recommend this book for anyone seiously interested in the old addage, “if it’s funny there’s money!” If you perform stand-up, or just write, this is the book to read. His various examples from today’s comedians are not only hilarious but keep the reader interested and the book moving along. Helitzer has written the first and best book on the subject. I teach a comedy class and I know I couldn’t do it without this book.
A rectangular book ideal for squares
By Fred on May 31, 2005
Ever wondered why we laugh and why certain jokes are funny?
Well, the answers to those questions set the frame work that Comedy Writing Secrets follows to help you think more like a comedy writer.
Even if you are a naturally funny person (speaking from experience here!) the book is incredibly valuable. If you read a few chapters and then go about your day you might find something magic… all of a sudden you’ll start making jokes you never would have thought of.
I didn’t buy it with the intention of becoming a stand up or writing hit TV shows but it has helped me create jokes I would previously never thought of.
It’s a great read and very funny. There are numerous examples to illustrate the concepts and the book’s structure is easy to follow.
It’s really a textbook on comedy without being a textbook.