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Writing Comedy

By Ronald Wolfe

ISBN: 9780709074137
PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION): 31/03/2003
PAGES: 192
BINDING: Paperback
SIZE: 216x138 mm
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Packed with hints, tips and warnings, this is the complete newly revised guide through the minefield of comedy writing. Experienced scriptwriter Ronald Wolfe reveals the secrets of the trade. Sharing his success with the reader, Ronald Wolfe explains how to get started in the business and how to present your ideas in an impressive way. He explains the different techniques required for TV, radio, stage and film, and includes sound advice on working methods. Maurice Gran and Laurence Marks, creators and writers of Birds of a Feather, discuss their experiences of team writing.

The book is full of good advice from such top scriptwriters as Carla Lane of Bread, Jack Rosenthal, Barry Cryer and Alan Plater. Ray Galton recalls writing Hancock's Half Hour, and Andy Hamilton tells how he and Guy Jenkin created Drop the Dead Donkey, and Ian Brown, one of the writing team, tells of the American style teamwriting of My Family. Is it harder for women to break into comedy? Experience and advice are given by Beryl Vertue, executive producer of Men Behaving Badly and Coupling. Actors like Tony Robinson and Warren Mitchell reflect on their experience of working with comedy writers, and producers and directors. Robin Nash, former BBC head of comedy and Micheal Jacob, editor of BBC Comedy development explain how they develop the talent of new writers.

Crammed with examples from the scripts of well-known series and crisp analysis of comic formulae, Writing Comedy is a book every comedy scriptwriter will value.

'Along with a rich father-in-law, a good suit, curiosity, venom and innocence, there is nothing a young man or woman contemplating writing television comedy needs more than Ronnie Wolfe's indispensable book.' Frank Muir 'What Ronnie doesn't know about writing comedy probably isn't worth knowing.' Writing magazine 'This is a must for all aspiring comedy writers.' Andy Hamilton co-writer and co-producer, with Guy Jenkin, of Drop the Dead Donkey '... lots of good, sensible, practical advice.' Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran creators and writers of New Statesman, Birds of a Feather, Goodnight Sweetheart and Love Hurts 'I only wish I'd had it when I first started writing.' Jimmy Perry co-writer, with David Croft, of Dad's Army, Hi-de-Hil, It Aint Half Hot Mum and You Rang M'Lord 'A "how-to book" on comedy writing by someone who really knows how to.' Denis Norden '... if Oxford or Cambridge ever establish a Chair of Comedy, Ronnie Wolfe should be the first professor.' David Croft co-writer, with Jeremy Lloyd, of 'Allo 'Allo and Are You Being Served?

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