Wednesday, February 25, 2015
I actually read a book once....I was looking for a text book of sorts about how to write comedy
or humor called COMEDY WRITING SECRETS by Melvin Helitzer. He was a writer for several old time
TV sitcoms including " The Many Loves of Dobie Gillis," the show where Bob Denver played Maynard G Krebs. Yes, boys and girls there is a science or art of writing comedy. There are several formulas
pertaining to what is seen as funny: misdirection, the threes, the reverse, the double entendres,
incongruity, and pertaining to this cartoon: The Understatement.
BTW the only other book I have ever found pertaining to learning to write funny stuff was written by Steve Allen and it is not very funny.
Now if I could learn how to draw a snow flake it would have been perfect.