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In our book Now That’s Funny! The Art and Craft of Comedy Writing, 29 comedy writers take a generic premise we gave them and develop it into 24 unique stories. An unexpected bonus is some great pitch stories that emerged during these interviews. Both...

A Book for Two Seasons

There are two kinds of people in the world, those who believe that there are two kinds of people and those who don’t. As university professors, we identified two kinds of students: Those enrolled in television and screenwriting...

Head into any Starbucks in LA and you’ll see a bunch of people with laptops trying to fix broken second acts. Since neither of us barely can get our writing done in a book-lined study where the sound of a pin dropping is likely to ruin a morning’s wo...

If you wanted to know how comedy is created how would you go about it? You would probably first gather a large group of the world’s most talented and successful comedy creators. Then what? You could ask them how they do what they do, but they may end...

Does good comedy writing come from story or character? That was one of the first questions we set out to answer when we began interviewing comedy writers for our book, Now That’s Funny! The answer is…neither. They go for the conflict. Conflict, of co...

In our book, Now That’s Funny! most of the writers we interviewed agree that Rooms are necessary for meaningful collaboration and feel they grew from the process, although Michael Elias (co-creator of Head of the Class) reached a point where he told...

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