With this guide, aspiring comics will learn to navigate the complex world of comedy writing. Aspiring comics discover how to tap into their natural sense of humor through real-life examples and hands-on skill-building exercises. They'll learn the best ways to come up with ideas and write comedy that gets laughs—every time! Mike Bent, an accomplished stand-up comedian and teacher, provides readers with the inside scoop on techniques to jump-start their comedy writing careers, including how to:
- Develop comic characters for sketches and scenes
- Create and polish a standup routine
- Write for TV and movies
- Use the web to advance comedy careers
Everyone loves a comedian. But breaking into this tough field is no laughing matter. After sharpening their comedy-writing skills with this practical (and funny!) guide, readers will feel comfortable adding humor to everyday situations, and may even take a chance on a dream job in show business!
Mike Bent (Belmont, MA) started performing stand-up comedy when he was sixteen at the famous Ding Ho comedy club in Cambridge, MA. He has performed at comedy clubs and colleges throughout the U.S. as well as the White House and the Montreal Comedy Festival. His television appearances include spots on NBC, ABC, CBS, HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, and A&E. He teaches courses in writing sketch and stand-up comedy at Boston's Emerson College, and is a comedy consultant for Warner Brothers.