He has written and produced comedy/talk shows for over fifteen years. Now four-time Emmy winner Joe Toplyn reveals his proven methods of writing for late-night television in this one-of-a-kind insider’s guide. Toplyn analyzes each type of comedy piece in the late-night TV playbook and takes you step-by-step through the process of writing it. His detailed tips, techniques, and rules include: • 6 characteristics every good monologue joke topic must have • 6 specific ways to generate punch lines • 12 tools for making your jokes their funniest • 7 types of desk pieces and how to create them • 9 steps to writing parodies and other sketches • How to go after a writing job in late night • PLUS a complete sample comedy/talk show submission packet Also use this comprehensive manual to write short-form comedy for the Internet, sketch shows, magazines, reality shows, radio, advertising, and any other medium.

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  1. Anonymous

    Outstanding Comedy Writing Lessons Wait You. I don’t believe you can learn to be funny. What you can learn, however, are methods to structure your funny. And that’s exactly what you learn from this book. So far I have only read as far as the chapter on monologue joke writing, but that’s because I am in post production on an indie feature I wrote and produced last year. And I wanted to write an original sitcom pilot I’d been meaning to write for a while. Oh, and I’m a stay at home dad to two kids. No biggie. But more about my film in a…

  2. Anonymous

    … about writing comedy and no one breaks it down better than Joe Toplyn I’ve read several books and taken a few classes about writing comedy and no one breaks it down better than Joe Toplyn. From the section about what constitutes a joke and why people laugh, to the descriptions of different types of late night segments and finally the step by step instruction on how to put together and submit a writing packet, this book is an extremely useful tool for getting ahead in comedy. In addition, Joe’s 15+ years of experience writing for Leno, Letterman and several other…

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