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The Comedy Bible

The Comedy Bible
Your Price: $23.95 CDN
Author: Judy Carter
Publisher: Fireside
Format: Softcover
# of Pages: 368
Pub. Date: 2001
ISBN-10: 0743201256
ISBN-13: 9780743201254

About the Book:

Do you think you're funny? Do you want to turn your sense of humour into a career?

If the answer is yes, then The Comedy Bible by Judy Carter is for you. Subtitled "From Stand-up to Sitcom — The Comedy Writer's Ultimate How-To Guide", the guru to aspiring stand-up comics provides the complete scoop on being — and writing — funny for money.

If you've got a sense of humour, you can learn to make a career out of comedy, says Judy Carter. Whether it's creating a killer stand-up act, writing a spec sitcom, or providing jokes for radio or one-liners for greeting cards, Judy Carter provides step-by-step instructions in The Comedy Bible. She helps readers first determine which genre of comedy writing or performing suits them best and then directs them in developing, refining, and selling their work.

Using the hands-on workbook format that was so effective in her bestselling first book, Stand-Up Comedy: The Book, Carter offers a series of day-by-day exercises that draw on her many years as a successful stand-up comic and the head of a nationally known comedy school.

Also included are practical tips and advice from today's top comedy professionals — from Bernie Brillstein to Christopher Titus to Richard Lewis. She presents the pros and cons of the various comedy fields — stand-up, script, speech and joke writing, one-person shows, humor essays — and shows how to tailor your material for each. She teaches how to find your "authentic" voice — the true source of comedy. And, perhaps most important, Carter explains how to take a finished product to the next level — making money — by pitching it to a buyer and negotiating a contract.

Written in Carter's unique, take-no-prisoners voice, The Comedy Bible is practical, inspirational, and funny.

What people say:

"Judy Carter can show anyone how to make their sense of humor pay off." — Oprah Winfrey

"This is a great book!" — Garry Shandling

About the Author:

Judy Carter has appeared in clubs across the country, as well as on many TV shows, has coached over 5,000 comics in comedy workshops, and has brought her message of "turning problems into punch lines" to Fortune 500 companies. She has been featured in The Wall Street Journal and on CNN, ABC World News, and Oprah.