The New Comedy Writing Step by Step
by Gene Perret
Three-time Emmy Award-winner Gene Perret’s Comedy Writing Step by Step has been the manual for humor writers for 25 years. In this new book, his first update, Perret offers readers a treasure trove of guidelines and suggestions covering a broad range of comedy writing situations, along with many all-important insights into the selling of one’s work. Perret covers all aspects of comedy writing in his uniquely knowledgeable and anecdotal fashion.
Paperback: 268 pages
Publisher: Quill Driver Books, U.S.; Rev Upd edition (1 July 2007)
Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.6 x 2 cm
A good reworking of an old classic 27 Nov 2010
By Sally Holloway, Author: Joke Writing (Serious Guide to)
I used the original version of this book in the early 90’s to take my first steps into comedy so I was very excited to see a new edition. This is though, a re-packaging. There are no new joke writing methods but there is lots of advice from current and some very famous comics which is always inspiring.
Gene Perret is the God Father of the formalised joke writing method (he used to write for Bob Hope), a lot of his joke writing exercises seem a little basic these days, but I’d challenge any comedy writer no matter how experienced to do the `organised list’ and complete it with `opposites’. To do it well takes an hour but whenever I did it I always got a joke from it.