Helitzer, Melvin. Comedy writing secrets: the best-selling book on how to think funny, write funny, act funny, and get paid for it / by Mel Helitzer with Mark Shatz. Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd Edition How to Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny and Get Paid for It by Mel Helitzer with Mark Shatz Writer’s. Double entendre: the use of an ambiguous word or phrase that allows for a second, usually racy, interpretation: “Would you like to pet my pussy.

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Louis CK is quite harsh — but hysterical — when talking about his daughter 1 minute, 29 seconds in. Now I know all the secrets. Be the first to ask a question about Comedy Writing Secrets.

The introduction warns the reader that reading this book may bring about a loss of “magic” in comedy, and indeed immediately afterward I did feel this effect.

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It’s just possible that it might not kill your appreciation of humour if you’re lucky. An overabundance of physical humor is annoying.

Overall, I was impressed by the book. When you record everyday events in your humor diary, use the most vivid, colorful, and graphic descriptions. Comics who do are gone or headline a fashion show with their daughter on the E!


To the trained ear, it’s predictable because it’s structured. Get Comedy Writing Secrets Here If you want to be funnier around friends and in general conversations with people, get my Big Talk program.

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But I think writing different versions is kind of the same thing — it frees you up to be more creative and to look for different ways to go with that same moment in whatever you’re writing. More on how humor can improve your life here. Useful writkng of a tough subject – “being funny”. But remember that humor isn’t merely punctuated with the “F” word or exists merely below the belt. Published October 1st by Writer’s Digest Books first published Want more tools and tactics to improve your life?

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Dated, and suffering from a lack of clarity and heljtzer. Mel Helitzer’s Comedy Writing Secrets is commonly used as a textbook in college courses on comedy writing. A bit disorganized in my opinion, but Helitzer does write out the prerequisites for humor I think some people make the mistake of thinking that the first thing that they think of is perfect, and they fall in love with it.

The author really knows the ins and outs of the business and is was good enough to teach it to others. The second and easiest way to feel comwdy is to publicly criticize the accomplishments of others. With Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd editionyou can master the fundamentals of humor writing and wriiting your comedic talent into a well-paying pursuit.

Oct 08, Henry rated it it was ok. That’s just about me – no fault of the book. The exercises provide a step-by-step guide to write funny jokes. I would rather gone for going deep in universal truths in comedy, not a quick primer on standup followed by a quick primer on writing funny greeting cards. Watch Kevin James King of Queenshe’ll make you laugh without throwing up from disgust.


Perhaps it’s just me personally, but I thought this book was decent until I got to the “Why We Laugh” chapter, and then it all unwound.

The object is to make friends, since we laugh more easily with friends. The personality, the character—not the joke—is primary. Recommended for anyone who wants to know how comedy works. Special attention is payed to the rule of threes and of course the Christian trinity and other biblical examples are brought out as proof of it’s efficiacy. It’s an acronym for the six essential elements that are found in everything from good one-liners to funny anecdotes to full comedy sets:.

This one is very ‘old school’, to be sure, but if you want to understand why some things are funny and why some aren’t, this at least gives you the equations, if not the answers.

I’ll give this one another try at some point, but it didn’t seem to help me at all. Trump is losing his Republican security blanket in Ryan Cooper. Sure, if you’re going to keep your day job, then by all means read this book or books like this one. The second part was much more helpful hhelitzer tips on selling jokes, writing speeches and routine, and workflow strategy. Read, highlight, and comedj notes, across web, tablet, and phone.

Think helitzed hostility as an inflated balloon. The first half was the basic “how to write a joke” stuff you find in any number of books.