Funny on Purpose: The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy: Standup + Improv + Sketch + TV + Writing + Directing + YouTube
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It takes guts to be a comedian, and it takes smarts to make a living off it. In this insider's guide, former Onion editor Joe Randazzo delivers a funny and insightful blueprint for those looking to turn their sense of humor into a vocation. Explaining how it works and how to break in, Joe provides tips and guidance, outlines successful career paths, and solicits advice and stories from the likes of Judd Apatow, Jack Handey, Joan Rivers, Tim & Eric, and more. From writing for TV to doing standup or developing a successful YouTube channel, Funny on Purpose gives readers the knowledge and inspiration to launch a career in comedy with confidence.
almost religious fervor to this idea. It makes a lot of sense: our simplest, most intuitive PRO TIP! WRITING MOVIES FOR FUN AND PROFIT One of the best, most entertaining, and practical books I’ve ever read on writing screenplays is Writing Movies for Fun and Profit by Robert Ben Garant and Thomas Lennon. This duo helped create The State and Reno 911! on TV, and they cowrote the movies Night at the Museum (and sequels), Herbie: Fully Loaded, Reno 911!: Miami, and Balls of Fury. While their book
group Monty Python, along with Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, and Michael Palin. Jones co-wrote and directed their features Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Life of Brian, and The Meaning of Life, and was the driving force behind the troupe’s ﬂowing, 118 writing for film stream-of-consciousness style. He also penned the original screenplay for the David Bowie–Muppet adventure Labyrinth and wrote and directed Absolutely Anything, which he’d been working on for almost
sorry, but I’ve got to take my dog Nancy out for a walk. 120 Part 2 PERFORMING COMEDY like begging the universe to conﬁrm that you exist, again and again, until you die I’ve spent nearly my entire life closely observing, and often participating in, the performance of the comedic arts. I’ve seen and done it all, from standing-up comedy to storytelling to teeny little videos with sixty-four views, and I’ve determined that there are ﬁve essential building blocks of great comedy performance.
some ways, the best career advice might be to ﬁgure out how to get to a place where you can be happy for other people’s success.” PRO TIP! HOW JOAN DID IT Whenever Joan Rivers went up at a smaller room with new material, she brought all her notes from the previous week, scribbled on scraps of paper and old receipts, and layed them out before her. She worked her way through the new jokes, trying to get laughs. She tape recorded every show, then went home and reviewed the audio, and took note of
at least ill-advised 21 funny on purpose conﬁdence, to suppose any of our inner thoughts are worthy of immortality. Any ﬂeeting thing can be spoken and then forgotten, but committing it to paper means you want people to remember it! You want it to be read! By this very act, you are putting your own work in the same category as Don Quixote, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Chili’s $9.99 Triple Dipper appetizer menu. How We Write The impetus to write is usually born out of a vision of the Finished