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  • How to Write Funny

  • Your Serious, Step-By-Step Blueprint for Creating Incredibly, Irresistibly, Successfully Hilarious Writing, Book 1
  • Written by: Scott Dikkers
  • Narrated by: Scott Dikkers
  • Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (30 ratings)

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How to Write Funny

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Publisher's Summary

The definitive joke-writing handbook

Learn comedy writing and how to write a joke with a simple comedy-writing and joke-writing formula you can use right now to write your own jokes. See why Amazon reviewers call How to Write Funny "one of the best books on humor writing."

Author Scott Dikkers will tell you how to write jokes. He’s a master joke writer, founder of the world’s most popular humor site TheOnion.com, number one New York Times best-selling humor author, professional public speaker, and successful cartoonist. Scott created and leads the “Writing with The Onion” training center at the famed Second City in Chicago. His students have been hired for the top comedy writing jobs in TV and won dozens of Emmy Awards. He’s consulted with top entertainment companies like NBC, Comedy Central, and Pixar.

This easy-to-follow guide lays out a clear system and simple formula for how to write a joke that will get big, milk-coming-out-of-your-nose laughs, reliably and repeatably. You'll learn...

  • The three sure-fire ways to generate funny text
  • The 11 different “Funny Filters” and how to use them to write jokes
  • The secret to getting rid of writer's block - permanently
  • And many more humor writing tips, tricks, and techniques

Create any joke using the Funny Filters, the 11 fundamental building blocks of humor:

Funny Filter 1: Irony

Funny Filter 2: Character

Funny Filter 3: Shock

Funny Filter 4: Hyperbole

Funny Filter 5: Wordplay

Funny Filter 6: Reference

Funny Filter 7: Madcap

Funny Filter 8: Parody

Funny Filter 9: Analogy

Funny Filter 10: Misplaced Focus

Funny Filter 11: Metahumor

If you've wondered how you can start writing jokes, how to tell jokes to your friends, how to add humor to your writing, how to add jokes in a speech, or how to add humor to your presentation, this book spells out the simple joke writing formula professionals use.

How to Write Funny is for you whether you want to find a comedy writing job or just want to learn how to tell a joke.

©2014, 2018 Scott Dikkers (P)2018 Scott Dikkers

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It helped me get started for sure

I'm the guy that wants to be funny but for whatever instead of listening to me people seem to prefer attending a funeral
This book really helped me to the point that I'm considering starting a youtube channel doing standup comedy
I've purchased all three books and I highly recommend

Now if I could have only figured out how to put the joke at the end of my review ;-)

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incredibly helpful ! this book is my bible!!!!!!!!

this book is straightforward. I am so grateful I discovered it! it's my bible! highly recommended

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REALLY ENJOYED THIS BOOK

JUST WHAT I WAS HOPING FOR WHEN I GOT IT - GIVES GOOD APPROACH FOR WRITING COMEDY!!

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Great step by step guide

The author did a wonderful job of breaking down different aspects of comedy and provided concrete exercises. This book is filled with great techniques and ways of analyzing humour. I'm looking forward to its sequel. Narration was excellent.

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Very basic

Would not recommend for professionals, as the subjects covered are a little too basic, but those just starting out (who still find comedy/writing somewhat mysterious) will probably learn a lot.

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A helpful guide for the practice of writing jokes and humour

A great how-to manual to craft jokes, showing the grunt work of writing comedy. It’s focused on “written comedy” (I.e The Onion, McSweeny’s, or Fox News), rather than Stand-Up, but the ideas contained can be applied for crafting either, but why are you reading this? You should be writing comedy!?!? (Well if you know you want to write better comedy it wouldn’t hurt to take the 4 hours and listen to this).

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it's alright

It's alright. I definitely didn't hate It but I didn't find it super helpful either.

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Surprisingly good!

A very good and professional step by step guide 👌I feel like I know what to do now. Thanks Scott 👍

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Boring boring boring boring borning

He warned us that it wouldn’t be funny… so true. he forgot to warn us about the boredom!!! One of the dullest books I’ve ever heard. Then he’s written more??! Run

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