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“Any particular tips for approaching sketch writing?
In particular, any advice for coming up with strong endings?

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Other Resources

Great Web Sites Scriptchat: The place to be on Twitter for all things screenwriting Michael Wiese Books: The place to go for books on filmmaking Great People Pilar Alessandra: "The Coffee Break Screenwriter" Theresa Robbins Dudeck: "Keith Johnstone: A Critical...

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Happy Bert-day, Cowardly Lion!

Happy Bert-day, Cowardly Lion!

Bert Lahr was born in New York City on this day in 1895. A star in vaudeville and on Broadway, his career in the movies never really took off--except for this little picture he once was featured in, The Wizard of Oz. Happy Birthday, Bert!

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So, a minister walks into a bookstore, and . . .

. . . and buys my book, and writes a whole sermon based on the book! How cool/bizarre/unlikely/cool is that? The recording begins in the middle of the first sentence which went something like, "When was the last time you read a good book on the theory of comedy?" The...

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Coming to a Bookstore Near You . . .

2013-01-16 . . . even though by the time this is published, there may not be any bookstores left open. In any event, on July 1, 2013,  my book The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny will be published by Michael Wiese Productions. Woot Woot!

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ISA Podcast Dec. 2011

In this podcast, sponsored by the International Screenwriter's Association, we talk about the 8 myths of comedy. The Comedy Perception Test. And the 8 Hidden Tools of Comedy. And the last half hour is reserved for a Q&A session — your chance to have one of your...

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Interview, Part 2

2012-02-18 This is the second part of an interview with German journalist and film-maker Harald Dudel, recorded during the Chicago Comedy Intensive in November 2010

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Recommended Books

 Impro – by Keith Johnstone

Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy – by Greg Dean


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