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Christopher
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I'm looking for professional comedy writers for a project. Any suggestions?
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There is a member here Comedy Writer who may be a starting point to assist you. His web site is
http://www.procomedywriting.com or PM him.
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I have an Emmy for comedy writing. You also might want to contact Bruce Gold or David Regal, two BRILLIANT guys, amazing magicians, and pro comedy writers.
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Tim Scarborough (on facebook) is a brilliant comedy writer and also writes for Comedy Central. The guy is hilarious.

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Thanks - Yes I write comedy professionally - though no Emmy. I focus on live performers, magicians, jugglers, burlesque and similar.

lets chat,

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The best comedy writer in the world can only deliver words to you. Are you funny?
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Thanks for the suggestions. I've been contacted by quite a few people that look promising.
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On 2013-02-20 09:51, magic4u02 wrote:
Tim Scarborough (on facebook) is a brilliant comedy writer and also writes for Comedy Central. The guy is hilarious.

Kyle


Well most of the time he is funny, LOL
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Yes I write my own material and I have a girl friend named Emmy. If her husband,(or my wife) finds out,I won't post here anymore.

If you depend on other people to write material for you, your wasting money. Learn to write your own stuff, or don't do comedy.
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I think you might be able to hire some help if they will write to your needs.

The others are right, you have to be able to do comedy but writing is a craft and sometimes you have a good idea for humor in your character but don't have the craft to get the wording right.

Get some video of your act and let the writer know what your character is (this means you have to have a good handle on that) and where you would like some help.

Many pros hire writers.

I've never done it.

You'll never know till you try.

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IMHO
This whole thread seems to take for granted that doing comedy is just like reading the phone book. The most important question is ARE YOU FUNNY? If are not a natural comic you just can't fake it.
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Al -
It doesn't read to me that anyone here takes comedy that way. What seems to be the concern here is the strength of material. Joanie Spina talks about that here:
http://entertainment-experts.com/invest-in-your-script/

Keep in mind, most professional comedians use joke writers.
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Thanks for your concern Al.

Yes, I know what I'm doing. Yes, I have written my own shows for years and have had my own show for 8 years daily in Branson. Anyone that thinks Conan, Leno, or Jon Stewart write all their own material does not know what they are talking about. The argument that every comedian should only write their own material is funny considering most magicians buy their magic routines from others. I know very few that use only original material.

I've written for dozens of shows myself when they wanted a fresh perspective and have decided to give this a try myself to see what it yields.

To those of you that provided names, thank you. I appreciate the help.
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Conan, Leno and Stewart makes lots of money and can afford writers.
Think of it this way. Say your on the cheap and you find someone to write 10 jokes, one liners, for $100. He does so. But you don't like them. Do you think he is going to write you another 10 jokes, or keep writing until you get a good one? Or lets say that out of the 10, you like one. That joke costs you $100. The others are of no use because they do not fit your style or personality, or you do not think they are funny. If you don't think they are funny, do you think you can deliver them to make them funny?
Go to Amazon, buy a Henny Youngman joke book, 10,000 one liners for less than five bucks. Find something that makes you laugh and rewrite it.
Or, if you have lots of money, google professional joke writers and take your chances.
Or read this:

http://www.realfirststeps.com/2192/profe......l-check/
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Steve Roye is an upcoming guest on Entertainment-Experts.com. Great article with strong points - thanks for sharing.

Steve sells an incredible course that teaches people how to write original material. I purchased it in 2007 and it totally changed the way I write comedy. His course rocks - if you already "think" funny.

However - buying a Henny Youngman joke book and re-writing the basic material gives you rehashed comedy that most people see coming a mile away.

It all comes down to strong material. A writer needs to know who they are writing for. And honestly - if I liked someone's comedy and writing style AND they studied and liked my performing style - $100 for a strong joke that you can use your entire career is a bargain IMO.
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Christopher
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Buying a Henny Youngman book? Seriously?

I would gladly pay $100. lol

Thanks for the info, I did end up finding three writers that are reviewing my footage from previous shows and have been doing an excellent job.

Thanks again.
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You are a man after my own heart. If the joke doesn't come out of my head it is highly unlikely that it will ever come out of my mouth.

If you do the same show every night it is not the same as Leno, Conan, and Jon Stewart coming up with a fresh 15 minutes every night.
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On 2013-03-05 23:26, Al Angello wrote:
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You are a man after my own heart. If the joke doesn't come out of my head it is highly unlikely that it will ever come out of my mouth.

If you do the same show every night it is not the same as Leno, Conan, and Jon Stewart coming up with a fresh 15 minutes every night.


Apparently they missed the point of the Henny Youngman book. In the early 70s I attended a comedy seminar/workshop sponsered by UCLA that included writers like Al Gordon (Jack Benny) and Fred Decorvada (one time director of the show). One of the writing exercises they gave us was to take an old joke or one liner and re-write it, which is one of the ways comedy writers would come up with new material each week (the idea being, there are no new jokes, only new punch lines to the joke). Taking an old joke that works (that makes us laugh) and rewriting it, teaches you the basic formula and understanding of what makes a story funny. Nothing was said about repeating the Henny Youngman jokes and using them as your own. The point was about writing your own material.
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YUP
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On 2013-03-06 14:06, spartacus wrote:
One of the writing exercises they gave us was to take an old joke or one liner and re-write it, which is one of the ways comedy writers would come up with new material each week (the idea being, there are no new jokes, only new punch lines to the joke). Taking an old joke that works (that makes us laugh) and rewriting it, teaches you the basic formula and understanding of what makes a story funny. Nothing was said about repeating the Henny Youngman jokes and using them as your own. The point was about writing your own material.


Spartacus,
Thank you for clarifying the point. Since you mentioned Steve Roye's article as an expert's point above, and I was scheduled to interview him for Entertainment-Experts today, I decided to ask him for his professional opinion on re-writing jokes.

I've posted the video on Youtube at: http://youtu.be/Dc7EDb-Y0xY

This is just one short segment of an hour long interview on comedy, comedy writing and presenting comedy - I hope people here find it interesting.

Tom
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