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How to Write Funny

Your Serious, Step-By-Step Blueprint for Creating Incredibly, Irresistibly, Successfully Hilarious Writing, Book 1
Narrated by: Scott Dikkers
Length: 3 hrs and 55 mins
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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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A dull plod<br />

Just couldn't get into it, too much a head trip and no heart, nothing funny about it

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  • J. Genovese
  • 04-02-2019

What I expected

Wasn’t looking for a comical piece about writing for standup which many other books on audible seem to be about. This is exactly the “how to” guide for writing funnier by using a simple formula. Subtext + funny filter = funnier writing.

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  • T S
  • 22-06-2019

Unlock the tools

Nice to hear the comedy techniques spelled out ... now I’m inspired to go finish that screenplay!

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  • Martha J. O'Carroll
  • 01-04-2019

lots of fluff, little advice about humor writing

What little advice the author gives seems obvious and dull. He doesn’t seem knowledgeable about books, comic or otherwise.

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  • NikNieb
  • 27-01-2020

Fantastically concise and quality advice.

I never write reviews on here, but I think I'm going to start, especially if I continue to find gems like this one. I'm a funny guy. At least I think so. And I know what funny is... instinctually. But having it spelled out like this was great. So many moments of "Oh, THAT'S how that works!" and "That's how that's done!" I appreciated the straight forward approach and I will be looking for the follow up books to go more in depth.

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  • avidbuyer
  • 25-01-2020

Very informative with good exercises to prime the funny mind

Coming back to sketch I listen to this in the car . how dikkers explains the different types of funny filters helps the novice comedy writer. I also took a class in which he went into detail about how to make money in the comedy biz. Overall he is great resource and you will get your money’s worth !

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  • John Nelson
  • 19-01-2020

Great comedy toolset

Take it from the pro, Scott really delivers in this book with all the steps to achieve your comedy writing goals. If you're as big a fan of the Onion as I am, this is a great book

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  • Michael A Giannulis
  • 09-01-2020

Really loved this book

The 11 filters are very smart and definitely help comedians or comedy writers to create better jokes and observations.

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  • Eric Smith
  • 25-11-2019

Funny Writing Can Be Taught!

This is an easy-to-follow guide for improving your humor writing. I listened to it twice!

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  • 17-02-2019

Unfortunately no useful advice for a writer

I had the impression that this book would discuss humorous writing in a theoretical viewpoint. Unfortunately, "theory" was too light to help in actual writing process. I got the impression, specifically from the part regarding SF that the writer had not read enough in SF field, although it did not seem to prevent him from taking an authoritative approach in discussing this branch of literature. All in all, I was unsure how the writer had arrived at his conclusions. I wish this book had had something real to offer. I would not have given this negative feedback if I had felt the writer had really tried his best with this book.

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