The Serious Guide to Joke Writing

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25 May 2011
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imports_WRI_0-89gs8zv1-100000_77513.jpg The Serious Guide to Joke Writing
Sally Holloway has spent years on the circuit doing everything from stand-up comic to presenting radio programmes that give a humorous slant on the news. She has also run comedy writing courses, which certainly proved one thing: Writing jokes is a skill that can be taught. What she taught on those courses is now condensed into her new book. ...

Sally Holloway has spent years on the circuit doing everything from stand-up comic to presenting radio programmes that give a humorous slant on the news.

Writing jokes is not about sitting down and waiting for inspiration. It is very hard work. But if you follow her guidance you will be surprised how good you can be at creating original, and very funny, jokes. She shows techniques for inventing jokes based on puns and wordplay, for creating jokes from news headlines and news stories (which enables you to write topical jokes) and writing stream of consciousness jokes.

 

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