Writing Humor: Creativity and the Comic Mind
Wayne State University Press, 2002 - 329 sidor
Providing both theory and praxis, this insightful and creative textbook explains how to write humor, comedy, satire, parody, nonsense, and both the literary and the joke monologue. Through its close analyses of short stories, sketches, essays, and scripts, it is a must-read for serious and not-so-serious writers of every genre. Guiding aspiring writers through the many techniques for creating humor, it illustrates and analyzes what works and what doesn’t, suggests ways to energize passages that fall flat, and offers insights into brainstorming, team writing, and revision.
This book includes the history and cultural background of each major genre, followed by a rich array of writing exercises. Readers will find an inventive selection of examples to learn from, including a script from M*A*S*H and pieces by such humorists as Woody Allen, Ogden Nash, and Art Buchwald—and by students as well.
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The Sense of Humor Test
What are some ways nonwestern cultures use laughter that
So What Exactly Is Humor?
Simple Techniques for Writing Humor
Still Nobody Laughed What Then?
Excerpt from Catch22 Joseph Heller
And Even More Ideas
Parody and Burlesque
Have You Heard the One about ?
So How All You Guys Doin Tonight?
The Literary Monologue
Ok So Who Threw the Tomato?
A Few More Questions