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By Gene Perret

Beginning comedy writers and performers think you can’t teach funny. Legendary comedy writer Gene Perret, winner of three Emmy Awards, knows better. A good joke works because it follows ten strict principles — or, as Perret calls them, The Ten Commandments of Comedy. Perret calls these principles “Commandments” for good reason — these rules strengthen your material and make every joke as funny as it can possibly be. Violating even one or two of these precepts might destroy an otherwise viable gag. But a joke that follows all the Commandments will deliver maximum humor … and audiences know the difference.

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  • Additional Description
    In The Ten Commandments of Comedy, Perret teaches that writing good comedy is a skill anyone can learn, because it’s based on rational principles anyone can apply. Even people who don’t think of themselves as naturally or intuitively funny can use humor effectively in their writing and public speaking by applying The Ten Commandments of Comedy. And for experienced comedy writers and performers, The Ten Commandments of Comedy will help you sharpen your comedy instincts, fix jokes that don’t work, and make your material sing.

    Disobey The Ten Commandments of Comedy at thy peril. Obey the commandments and thou shalt be rewarded with laughter and happy audiences. By mastering Perret’s rules, you’ll learn the secret to jokes that connect with audiences, surprise, delight, convey an unexpected truth … and leave ’em rolling in the aisles.

    From the First Commandment (“Thou Shalt Surprise”), to the Fourth Commandment (“Thou Shalt Be Current”), to the Tenth Commandment (“Thou Shalt Be Clever”), The Ten Commandments of Comedy is a slim, fast guide to the essentials of humor that’s perfect for business presenters, after-dinner speakers, professional comedians and anyone who wants to be funny.
  • About the Author
    Gene Perret has written comedy material for such legendary performers as Bob Hope, Phyllis Diller, Carol Burnett, Tim Conway and others. He has been awarded three Emmys and one Writer’s Guild Award for his work on The Carol Burnett Show writing staff. He is the author of over 40 books, including the classic The New Comedy Writing Step-by-Step, available from Quill Driver Books.
  • For the Media
    10 COMMANDMENTS OF COMEDY MEDIA KIT available here in PDF.

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