The Comic Toolbox

The Comic Toolbox

How to Be Funny Even If You're Not

Book - 1994
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A straightforward, often humorous workbook approach to comedy writing as creative problem-solving. In it, veteran Hollywood comedy writer John Vorhaus offers his tools of the trade to writers, comics, and anyone else who wants to be funny. Among these indispensable tools are Clash of Context, Tension and Release, The Law of Comic Opposites, The Wildly Inappropriate Response, and The Myth of the Last Great Idea. Readers will learn that comedy = truth and pain (the essence of the comic situation), that fear is the biggest roadblock to comedy (kill the ferocious editor within and rich, useful comic ideas will flow), and much more.
Publisher: Los Angeles : Silman-James Press, c1994
ISBN: 9781879505216
Branch Call Number: 808.7 VOR 1994 20
Characteristics: xvi, 191 p. ; 23 cm


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Feb 01, 2012

An excellent guidebook to creativity in writing. Though the focus is on humour in writing, the lessons and exercises provided will help build a writer's creativity regardless of primary focus. Author Jon Vorhaus, an established scriptwriter and script consultant proves his worth as a teacher in this book. Also, look for his comic novels, "The California Roll" and its sequel "The Albuquerque Turkey".

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