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Writing Comedy

John Byrne



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01 March 2012
Language: reference & general; Creative writing & creative writing guides
Comedy has always been one of the most high-profile, glamorous and potentially lucrative markets for scriptwriters, but it is also perceived as one of the hardest. In the fourth edition of this highly regarded handbook, John Byrne breaks down the basics of writing comedy into simple steps and shows you how to make the most of your own comedy writing talent and - just as importantly - your ability to market that talent.

Here is a wealth of practical advice both on how to get your career off the ground and how to keep developing it. Whether you are writing comedy routines, sketches or sitcoms, and aiming your work at the page, the stage or the ever-expanding world of broadcasting, you will find something in this book to encourage, inform and inspire you.

As with any art form, the basics of good comedy never go out of fashion. While the easy steps in this book are illustrated with examples of work by classic comedians old and new, you will also find useful advice on developing and adapting your work for the twenty-first century market, whether your aim is to promote your work online or simply to keep your gags fresh and topical in a world where the news changes by the minute and gets flashed around the world in seconds.
By:   John Byrne
Imprint:   Bloomsbury
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Edition:   4th Revised edition
Dimensions:   Height: 216mm,  Width: 135mm,  Spine: 15mm
Weight:   272g
ISBN:   9781408146453
ISBN 10:   1408146452
Pages:   208
Publication Date:   01 March 2012
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Professional and scholarly ,  Primary ,  Undergraduate
Format:   Paperback
Publisher's Status:   Active

John Byrne has over 25 years' experience as a working comedy writer, cartoonist and broadcaster. He is also The Stage newspaper's Entertainment Industry Career Advisor and, in addition to answering queries in his popular 'Dear John' column, has published over 40 books, many of them performance and comedy-related for adults and children.

Reviews for Writing Comedy

'John Byrne is the guru when it comes to advice on building a successful comedy career. Unlike many advisors, he's been there and done it himself. He knows the joys and sorrows of the comedy world and is best placed to help budding comedians make the most of their talent.' Jasmine Birtles, financial journalist, author, columnist for the Independent 'This is a book every comedy writer will come to value.' Ken Rock, President, British Society of Comedy Writers

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