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The Comedy Bible: From Stand-Up to Sitcom : The Comedy Writer's Ultimate How-To-Guide
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Publisher Touchstone Books
Publication date September 1, 2001
Pages 368
Binding Paperback
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9780743201254
ISBN-10 0743201256
Dimensions 1 by 6.25 by 9 in.
Weight 1.30 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
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Summary
A how-to handbook for aspiring stand-up comics and comedy writers offers an insider's perspective on how to make a living through comedy, providing step-by-step instructions on everything from writing a screenplay and greeting card one-liners to gag writing, film, advertising, stand up, theater, and sitcoms. Original. 25,000 first printing.
Amazon.com description: Product Description: Judy Carter, guru to aspiring comedy writers and stand-up comics, tells all about the biz of being funny and writing funny in this bright, entertaining, and totally practical guide on how to draw humor from your life and turn it into a career.

Do you think you’re funny? Do you want to turn your sense of humor into a career? If the answer is yes, then Judy Carter’s The Comedy Bible is for you. The guru to aspiring stand-up comics provides the complete scoop on being—and writing—funny for money.

If you’ve got a sense of humor, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it’s creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work.

Using the hands-on workbook format that was so effective in her bestselling first book, Stand-Up Comedy: The Book, Carter offers a series of day-by-day exercises that draw on her many years as a successful stand-up comic and the head of a nationally known comedy school. Also included are practical tips and advice from today’s top comedy professionals—from Bernie Brillstein to Christopher Titus to Richard Lewis. She presents the pros and cons of the various comedy fields—stand-up, script, speech and joke writing, one-person shows, humor essays—and shows how to tailor your material for each. She teaches how to find your “authentic” voice—the true source of comedy. And, perhaps most important, Carter explains how to take a finished product to the next level—making money—by pitching it to a buyer and negotiating a contract.

Written in Carter’s unique, take-no-prisoners voice, The Comedy Bible is practical, inspirational, and funny.

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9780743201254 | details & prices | 368 pages | 6.25 × 9.00 × 1.00 in. | 1.30 lbs | List price $17.00
About: Provides information for aspiring comedians, discussing how to create a routine and hone ideas, working with a comedy buddy, how to develop and polish material, how to get started in the business, and how to get paid.

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