And here's the kicker: conversations with 21 top humor writers on their craft
Every great joke has a punch line, and every great humor writer has an arsenal of experiences, anecdotes, and obsessions that were the inspiration for that humor. In fact, those who make a career out of entertaining strangers with words are a notoriously intelligent and quirky lot. And boy, do they have some stories.
In this entertaining and inspirational book, you'll hear from 21 top humor writers as they discuss the comedy-writing process, their influences, their likes and dislikes, and their experiences in the industry. You'll also learn some less useful but equally amusing things, such as:
- How screenwriter Buck Henry came up with the famous "plastics" line for "The Graduate."
- How many times the cops were called on co-writers Sacha Baron Cohen and Dan Mazer during the shooting of "Borat."
- What David Sedaris thinks of his critics.
- What creator Paul Feig thinks would have happened to the "Freaks and Geeks" crew if the show had had another season.
- What Jack Handey considers his favorite "Deep Thoughts."
- How Todd Hanson and the staff of The Onion managed to face the aftermath of 9/11 with the perfect dose of humor.
- How Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais created the original version of "The Office."
- What it's really like in the writers' room at SNL.
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|owning_library_arlington||Arlington Public Library, Aurora Hills, Central, Cherrydale, Columbia Pike, Connection Crystal City, Detention Center, Glencarlyn, Local History, Plaza, Shirlington, Westover|
|physical||ix, 337 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.|
|publisher||Writer's Digest Books,|
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|subject_facet||Comedy -- Authorship, Humorists, American -- Interviews, Wit and humor -- Authorship|
|table_of_contents||Buck Henry (Get Smart, The graduate, Catch-22, To die for) -- Stephen Merchant (The office, Extras) -- Harold Ramis (National lampoon's Animal house, Caddyshack, Groundhog day) -- Dan Mazer (Da Ali G show, Borat, Bruno) -- Merrill Markoe (Late night with David Letterman) -- Paul Feig (Freaks and geeks, Kick me, Superstud) -- Irving Brecher (The Wizard of Oz, At the circus, Go west, Meet me in St. Louis) -- Bob Odenkirk (The Ben Stiller Show, Mr. Show with Bob and David) -- Todd Hanson (The onion) -- Marshall Brickman (The tonight show, Annie Hall, Manhattan, The muppet show) -- Mitch Hurwitz (Arrested development) -- David Sedaris (Naked, Me talk pretty one day) -- George Meyer (Army man, The Simpsons) -- Al Jaffee (Mad's fold-in, "Snappy answers to stupid questions") -- Allison Silverman (The daily show, Late night with Conan O'Brien, The Colbert report) -- Robert Smigel (Saturday night live, Late night with Conan O'Brien, "TV funhouse") -- Dave Barry (Dave Barry's guide to marriage and/or sex) -- Dick Cavett (The Tonight show, The Dick Cavett show) -- Larry Wilmore (In living color, The Bernie Mac show, The daily show, The office) -- Jack Handey (Saturday night live, The New Yorker) -- Larry Gelbart (Caesar's hour, M*A*S*H, Tootsie).|
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|title_full||And here's the kicker : conversations with 21 top humor writers on their craft / Mike Sacks|
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