You're Funny!

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  • Copyright: 2011-05-01
  • Publisher: Michael Wiese Productions
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You're Funny! is the next best thing to being in a comedy writing class. It covers the different ways to earn a living as a comedy writer, including writing sitcoms, jokes for late night talk shows, parody, stand up, and screenwriting.Every day men and women of all ages and walks of life who think they're funny decide to take a shot at making a living writing comedy. Some are fresh out of school. Others are older and have worked in other careers, but find themselves frustrated because they're not doing what they want to do. The majority of these people don't know how to go about becoming a comedy writer. You're Funny! will point them in the right direction and show them how to write.

Author Biography

D.B. Gilles teaches comedy writing and screenwriting at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He is the author of The Screenwriter Within and The Portable Film School and is co-author of W. The First Hundred Days: A White House Journal. D.B. is also a script consultant and writing coach and writes the popular blog, Screenwriters Rehab.

Table of Contents

Foreword: You Can Say Funny Stuff, But Can You Write It?p. xi
Two Jews Walk Into a Bar: Comedy Writing Basicsp. 1
Introduction: Somebody Laughedp. 3
Laughs, Giggles, Yucks, and Appreciative Nodsp. 7
If You're out of Touch, You Won't Get in the Doorp. 13
WWLD: The Genius of Larry Davidp. 17
Short Humor, Parody, and Satirep. 23
Start Small With Short Humor and Blogsp. 25
Getting in Touch With Your Inner Oscar Wildep. 31
Television: Sketch, Sitcom, and Late Nightp. 39
Writing Sketchesp. 43
Bits, Jokes, and Monologuesp. 53
The Sitcom Spec Scriptp. 57
Writing Your First Spec Scriptp. 63
Writing Your First Pilotp. 69
Turning Your Pilot Idea Into a Scriptp. 77
Stand-Up: The Unique World of Stand-Up Comicsp. 131
Going It Alonep. 133
Screenwritingp. 149
Writing Short Comedy (For Funny or Die and Other Comedy Websites)p. 151
Writing the Full-Length Comedy Screenplay: What's the Right Genre for You?p. 155
Always Leave Them Laughingp. 169
About the Authorp. 171
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