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The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom--The Comedy Writer's Ultimate "How To" Guide
 
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The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom--The Comedy Writer's Ultimate "How To" Guide [Format Kindle]

Judy Carter

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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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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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5.0 étoiles sur 5 Comedy: For Those That Need To Know How Something Works 10 février 2002
Par "ronlv" - Publié sur Amazon.com
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For many reasons this is a well done book. Judy Carter interviewed and studied many famous comedy people for this book. Quotes by the dozens throughout the book powerfully build on the point made in the text. Stand up comedians are not the only ones that need to be funny. The most widely used clique about professional speaking is: "You don't need to be funny unless you want to get paid." Reading this book is more useful than reading all the joke books you can find. Carter says it the most clearly and the most forcefully. You need to first get your message sorted out completely and then make it funny or at least entertaining. Your personal message is more critical to your success than copying other successful people no matter what you field of speaking, entertaining or communication.
The book seemed like one giant personal conversation with the author Judy Carter. You may not break out laughing very often reading this book. Carter would have made a good engineer or scientist, she breaks down into the tiniest imaginable pieces what makes something funny and then puts it back together. Reading and working with this book will make you funnier, it is by far the most promising book I have found so far. That is the good news. The bad news is that you can not just read this book. It is more like a highly serious work book. While it is ultra easy to read, it is very demanding to work your way through the book--- At least in the manner Judy Carter expects the book to be used. The book benefits from the years that Judy Carter has taught comedy performance and writing.
If you are interested in writing comedy, jokes, sit com or speeches this is the book to buy. Be ready to roll up you sleeves and really work with this book. It is designed and written to the full range of people that are serious about entertaining other people with humor. In another book on comedy Steve Allen wrote in a foreword: "How to books on comedy are a dime a dozen." For the intensely thinking person on comedy that craves an in depth understanding, I will be surprised if a better book can be found. I will search for that potential gem, but my suspicions are as follows. When a better book is written on comedy, it is likely to be written by Judy Carter. As you can see by my review I thought her original book was outstanding and this one is even better. While I have read it once through carefully, the big pay off is going to come by doing the exercises and the introspective work laid out in this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 One of the best books on how to write stand-up comedy,etc. 26 juin 2005
Par Chris Sellick - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché|Achat vérifié
I enjoyed this book.Teaches you how to write comedy.This book is ideal because it guides you through the process of writing comedy and putting together a stand-up comedy routine.

I suggest that you read this book at your own pace.Ignore the bit at the beginning of chapter 2 where it starts "26 days to killer comedy material".It then mentions you are then going to perform what you have written.Ignore it! Read the book first and learn.Its your book,not your contract.

You will gain many things to help you achieve your goal as a comedy writer or stand-up comedian.

This book will be one you will keep and,carry with you so its there when you need it.

I also recommend these books:
1)"Zen and the art of stand-up comedy",By Jay Sankey".
2)"The comic toolbox",By John Vorhause.
3)"Comic insights",By Franklin Ajaye.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5 The place to start 11 mars 2002
Par starspangledgirl - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
This is simply the best book on standup comedy I have read. I wish I could take her class! This book helped me to improve a five minute routine I have and perform it in front of a crowd. I also appreciate that Judy Carter does not have the sexism that mars other books on the topic such as Comic Toolbox by John Vorhaus. If you had to buy only one book on standup, this should be it. Greg Dean's book is pretty good too, but it's just not as comprehensive. Thank you, Judy, for being a great teacher through this book.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5 A structure to comedy for comedians 12 octobre 2006
Par S. Mason - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I live in New York, and write stand up comedy.

I have a lot of friends who are pro comics on the NY circuit, and every one of them is aware of, and owns, this book.

It won't make you funny, it you are fundamentally not funny.

If you are occasionally funny, or regularly funny, then this book will help you structure you work, and tells you how to develop your work into a pro set that can get you noticed.

It tells you what not to do, it guides you on what works.

I own a fair set of comedy books, but this is one that keeps it's number one spot consistently. Even with year and years of practice, the comedians I know still know exaclty where their copy is!

If the pros own it, why don't you?
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1.0 étoiles sur 5 Very BAD advice. 30 janvier 2010
Par Roly - Publié sur Amazon.com
Format:Broché
I'm really shocked by all the rave reviews on here for this book. If you read the book and don't do anything I guess it can SEEM like a good book. It does give you lots of advice for your comedy career. But the problem is when you actually take the advice and use in on stage IT DOESN'T WORK. And isn't that what matters most? Sure it's a well written self help book. But the advice she offers doesn't work.

I've been doing comedy for 10 years. I read this book because I was looking for something to help my career. I still haven't "made it" and have to work a day job. I was looking for something to take me to the next level. There is a big section in the book on what makes jokes funny, and the 5 specific words you should use. "something is WEIRD, something is SCARY, etc, etc." I thought, maybe she's right, maybe I really don't understand the STRUCTURE of jokes, maybe just telling jokes and stories that I think are funny is not the way to go, maybe I need STRUCTURED setups. So against my better judgment I re-wrote an entire 10 minute act using this advice. I went on to have the WORST show I've ever had! Seriously. Just.... absolute CRICKETS. And I fully believed that what I had done was going to work wonders for my set! I've never bombed so badly. It was a comedy competition where months prior I'd made it though to the 3rd round finals. This time I got bumped out the first round.

The other TERRIBLE advice she gives is she says "tell jokes, don't tell stories." REALLY!? Some of the BEST comedians tell stories! Daniel Tosh, Louis CK, Dennis Leary, Pablo Francisco, they ALL tell stories. Terrible advice.

The most important thing you have to ask yourself is "Who the heck is Judy Carter?!" Why is she qualified to write a book on comedy?? If she was so great at comedy, she'd be DOING it right now. You'd see her on the tonight show, or comedy central, or she's have an HBO special. She doesn't. She's old, washed up, doling out OLD advice. If you have absolutely no clue how to write jokes or be funny, I guess this book is better than nothing. But if you've done ANY stand-up at all, even for just 6 months, do NOT buy this book. It's rubbish. Trust your gut. YOU know WHAT is and is not funny. You don't need the "joke structure" to tell it to you. If you have even just DECENT natural talent, you'll intrinsically figure the structure out without even thinking about it, just by doing shows. Trying to figure out the "structure" will make you LESS FUNNY!

Jerry Seinfeld can write an advice book on comedy, so can Jay Leno, Louis CK, Steve Martin, etc, etc. Because they're GOOD. ....Judy Carter. You gotta' be kidding me. I'm telling you, READING THIS BOOK AND APPLYING IT WILL HURT YOUR COMEDY CAREER. Don't do what I did - worst show of my life.
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