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Gabe Abelson, a 5-time Emmy nominee who worked as the head monologue writer for the “Late Show with David Letterman”, “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno”, "Late, Late Show with Craig Kilborn", and has been performing standup for 3 decades, is now offering 1-hour Skype comedy writing sessions for $100.

I Just had a very productive session with him, and I can tell you $100 was a bargain.
He can punch up your current materiel or write brand new jokes and tag lines to go with what you are already doing.

I'm very impressed with how he was able to take some of the jokes I've been using in my show for 5 years and switched a few words around to get even bigger laughs and reactions.
He can create solid jokes on the spot to fit your brand of comedy. Cranking out funny material on demand is his specialty. It’s why he’s written material for talk shows, award shows, and even for 2 sitting presidents.

I highly recommend his comedy writing services.

You can contact him at:

Gabe Abelson

gabewriter@yahoo.com


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TESTIMONIALS:

“Not only is Gabe a very, very funny writer and performer, but he is also a wonderful, inspiring teacher. He taught the comedy class that got me started.”
-Gary Greenberg, Head Writer, Jimmy Kimmel Live

“In addition to having a comprehensive understanding of the comedy writing science, able to deconstruct the art form down to its nuts and bolts, Gabe is also prolific in his writing production, and can churn out any number of jokes on a given subject.”
–Michael Barrie, multiple Emmy Award-winning head writer for The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson, as well as numerous Johnny Carson Anniversary Shows, The Academy Awards, The Emmy Awards and The Mary Tyler Moore Show.

“When it comes to joke writing, nobody cuts to the punch line quicker then Gabe. One of the sharpest, most nimble minds I’ve ever teamed with.”
–Robert Oschack, stand-up star of his own Comedy Central Presents special, and staff writer for Real Time with Bill Maher, Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, Dennis Miller Live, The Showbiz Show with David Spade, Chocolate News, and others.

“Gabe Abelson was my first and only teacher in comedy. It was his knowledge of the art and the business that made for such a great class. He is a wonderful comic who showed me the way.”
-Eddie Pepitone, national headlining comedian who has appeared on Late Night With Conan O’Brien, Weeds, The King Of Queens, Flight Of the Conchords and in the movie, Old School.

“I met Gabe Abelson when he was Head Writer on a Comedy Central pilot, and I’ve never known anyone who could be funny as fast, and as relentlessly, as Gabe. I’ve worked with everyone from Rodney Dangerfield to Jim Carrey to Dave Chappelle to George Lopez, and no one is better at writing a joke, more committed to comedy, or better at explaining the process than Gabe.”
Jeff Schimmel
Writer/Producer
HBO, Showtime, Comedy Central, Fox

“I approached Gabe Abelson about writing sessions after having taken a hiatus from comedy due to the arrival of children. I wanted to get my joke writing game back on track. Not only for my own personal standup act, but also for writing a packet that my new manager wanted me to submit for Real Time with Bill Maher. Gabe not only helped me understand for which Late Night show my voice would be best suited, but also how to actually format the writing packet itself, as everyone’s fear when it comes to writing packets, besides the jokes being subpar, is that the packet itself won’t even get read, because the incorrect format will telegraph to others one’s amateur status. He also honed in on the different structural techniques for joke writing that professional comedians tend to learn, then veer away from when searching for their own style. His sessions were an important reminder that in comedy rules are great when they’re broken, but even better when you find your way back to them, in order to tighten up delivery and start landing harder punches.
The result lead to even more requests to write numerous other packets for Late Night, not to mention the ease of incorporating newer material into my own act with quicker, smoother and less verbose bits.
Gabe’s sessions are invaluable for both amateur and professionals alike. I would recommend them to those wanting to take their comedy to the next level, and also to the novice who always wanted to understand the nature of the comedy joke writing beast.”
-Felicia Michaels, national headlining comedienne, recipient of the American Comedy Award for “Best Female Stand-up Comic”, and Star Search Grand Prize winner



WHAT GABE’S SKYPE SESSION STUDENTS ARE SAYING:

“Gabe Abelson has, without a doubt, been of tremendous help in my quest to become a television comedy writer. Through his Skype sessions and emails, I was quickly and efficiently shown the difference between jokes that work in stand-up, as opposed to jokes ready for primetime television. Whether writing topical monologue jokes for late-night hosts such as Jimmy Fallon, or delving deeper into joke writing and learning about what makes something funny, I now feel much more confident distinguishing between good and bad jokes and what it takes to create an effective packet for late night television.
Simply put, Gabe has truly shown me what it takes to be a comedy writer. I would recommend him firsthand to not only aspiring comedy writers of sketch or monologue jokes, but also to stand-up comedians, screenwriters, and anyone interested in comedy. He will undoubtedly be a huge asset to anyone looking to take their funny to the next level. I know he has been for me.”
– Ron Barker, comedian and writer

“Writing comedy—especially jokes—is a lot like learning to play the piano. There are a lot of excellent books that provide a solid understanding of theory and process and you can learn to play fairly well (NOT professionally well) from them. But it takes far longer to learn from books than with an experienced teacher patiently looking over your shoulder, correcting for errors—until the lessons finally sink in.
If you want to elevate your comedy writing skills to a professional level I highly recommend finding an experienced coach like Gabe. And if you have the opportunity to work with Gabe himself, I strongly recommend you take it.”
– Stefan Counts, comedy writer


“For my session with Gabe, I wrote 30 jokes over the course of a week. After we had spent an hour and a half deconstructing each one word by word, I was an immeasurably better joke writer.
Gabe’s attention to detail and ability to understand voice are what make his lessons a must for any emerging joke writer. Without a moment’s hesitation, he can tell you if your joke has a word that should be moved up earlier, pushed to later on, or cut entirely. He taught me that the placement of an “and” or an “or” can make the difference between a monologue joke killing or dying completely. Gabe can take a joke that isn’t working and re-frame it in such a way as to turn it into a strong line. He’ll maximize its laugh potential. He’ll take your five-line joke that’s verbose, and keep carving it until it’s down to two or three lines.
Gabe takes joke writing seriously and he will provide specific details about what you need to do to get better at it and raise your batting average. For a young writer, having a veteran of late night television comedy read your jokes is an honor. And if you’re already a solid joke writer, Gabe’s talent at helping you craft your material into even better, tighter, stronger jokes is immensely valuable.
Gabe can and will take your joke writing to the next level.”
-John Comulada, “Comedywire.com” contributing writer
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Thank you for the info and reference
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Gabe is also a fine magician
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