The Little Book of SITCOM Paperback – May 25, 2012
by John Vorhaus (Author)
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.
About the Author
With roots in situation comedy stretching all the way back to Married… with Children, JOHN VORHAUS has taught and trained writers worldwide, and created sitcoms of his own in half a dozen countries. He has also written five novels, including the “hippie lit” coming-of-age tale, Lucy in the Sky. His classic comedy writing book, The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not, will be making money for someone long after he’s dead, buried and gone. In the meantime, he lives in Southern California, tweets for no apparent reason @TrueFactBarFact and secretly controls the world from www.johnvorhaus.com, where he welcomes your visit.
John Vorhaus is now known to one and all as the man who brought Radar Hoverlander – con artist extraordinaire – to life in the “sunshine noir” mystery novel, THE CALIFORNIA ROLL, and its acclaimed sequel, THE ALBUQUERQUE TURKEY. His other novels include UNDER THE GUN and WORLD SERIES OF MURDER, the latter available exclusively through Kindle.
John is also well known as the author of THE COMIC TOOLBOX: HOW TO BE FUNNY EVEN IF YOU’RE NOT. This seminal book on writing comedy for television and film is now in its fifth printing, and continues to be a definitive source of information and inspiration for writers from Santa Monica to Scandinavia. Its companion volume, CREATIVITY RULES, is similarly a crucial book for writers at any stage of development.
Not content to rest on those laurels, Vorhaus is also the author of ten books on poker, including the KILLER POKER series and, with Annie Duke, the revolutionary DECIDE TO PLAY GREAT POKER. “As a poker player,” confesses Vorhaus, “I’m a pretty good writer.”
An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, production companies and film funding bodies in 26 countries on four continents. He recently worked in Moscow, running the writing staff of the Russian version of Married… with Children, and in Tel Aviv, consulting on the Israeli version of The Golden Girls. He also travels regularly to Nicaragua, where he builds social-action comedy/dramas to provide positive role modeling for the poor, young and disenfranchised of that embattled country.
Vorhaus is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Writers Guild of America. He has consulted to Walt Disney Feature Animation and taught at such institutions as Northwestern University, the American Film Institute and the Writers Program of the UCLA Extension. He tweet @TrueFactBarFact and secretly controls the world from johnvorhaus.com
Paperback: 122 pages
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 25, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5 x 0.5 inches
Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces