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A fascinating laugh out loud funny look at the mysterious art of comedy as told by legendary humorists from Amy Poehler to Mel Brooks What makes people laugh How do you know if a joke will “click” with the audience And how do you get a job as a comedy writer anyway In Poking a Dead Frog top humor writer. Arrrgh I have a lot of frustration about this one and I m conflicted about how to ratereview it On the one hand it has some extremely valuable insights from some very accomplished writers the actual verbatim packet of sketches that got someone hired on a late night show Paul Feig s Bible from Freaks and Geeks and real industry knowledge and tips Also opens up the minds of a lot of cool people that not even extreme comedy nerds would know about Peg Lynch for exampleBUT Like And Here s the Kicker the little instances of misogyny really pissed me off James Downey who was head writer at SNL for ages makes a joke about women having had their senses of humour removed at birth in THE FIRST CHAPTER That massively turned me off Then when some dude I don t know who they all blend into one after a while talked about how Andy Kaufman made a girl strip for him in his office again as a joke he said he d probably think it was funny if it had happened to someone else because it was funny in theory Nah broIt probably didn t help that I read this book in the week that the Harvey Weinstein shitstorm happened and the metoo stuff was going around social media so I was inundated with stories of male repugnance all roundAlso as always NOT ENUFF LAYDEEZ Amy Poehler is cited as an interviewee on both the front and back covers but her contribution amounts to one page of a 467 page book Peg Lynch and Carol Kolb were great interview subjects and I liked the little bits from Megan Amram as well butit s not enough There are TONNES of amazing female writers and performers out there Samantha Irby Jessica Williams Megan Ganz Samantha Bee and Kate McKinnon just to name some of the American ones He could even scrape the barrel with the over exposed Lena Dunham who rightfully derided as she is has created some amazing comedy over the last few yearsUrgh I don t know man I learned a lot from this book but it also made me pretty angry It s whatever Read it if you really want to get into comedy writing and need some tips Avoid it if you just can t take any Dude Dumbness

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S like Adam McKay Step Brothers Talladega Nights Michael Schur The Office Parks and Recreation and Glen Charles Cheers Taxi many of whom have never before been interviewed at this length or at all offer insight into their influences and creative processes their self doubt and breakthroughs and how they mana. Loved this book Make yourself laugh and you have to love it are repeated over and over by these writers Inspiring and a must for comedy nerds

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Ged to succeed in the mysterious unpredictable business of comedy Packed with behind the scenes stories from a typical day in the writers’ room at the Onion to why a sketch does or doesn’t make it onto Saturday Night Live Poking a Dead Frog is a must read for comedy buffs writers and pop culture junkies. Even if you aren t an aspiring comedy writer you just might enjoy Poking a Dead Frog There s a lot of material here and you may not click with every interview but at over 400 pages there s plenty here for any comedy fan The interviews are in three different formats a traditional uestion and answer Ultraspecific Comedy Knowledge and pure hard core advice The interviews are longer and give the subject opportunity to reminisce and expound The other two formats are short only a page or two about the comedy business how to get a literary agent don t bother writing jokes for the Oscars show and so on Much of the advice is no surprise keep at it and rewrite rewrite rewriteI have no career aspirations so I was able to enjoy this book for the laughs In fact if you don t read anything else in the book read the interview with Peg Lynch I had not heard of Peg she is over 90 years old and got her start doing interviews on the radio before World War II She transitioned to comedy almost by chance and then to TV without much difficulty That s all uite impressive but what had me in stitches was her extravagant name dropping Her first interview was with the baseball player who retired before his time Gary Cooper played him in the movie Lou Gehrig She goes on to offhandedly mention Knute Rockne James Thurber John Cheever and on and on It s hystericalAmy Poehler Glen Charles Mel Brooks Roz Chast and a couple dozen do interviews as well and they re all entertaining Bob Elliott s interview is also great


10 thoughts on “Poking a Dead Frog

  1. says:

    There is some very good advice for comedy writers in this book most notably that one has to do the followingGo to Harvard Every comedy writer it seems went to Harvard If you haven't yet gone to Harvard go to the Harvard bookstore buy a sweatshirt and then tell people you went to Harvard Nobody will ask uestionsStick with writing but do it be

  2. says:

    Arrrgh I have a lot of frustration about this one and I'm conflicted about how to ratereview it On the one hand it has some extremely valuable insights from some very accomplished writers; the actual verbatim packet of sketches that got someone hired on a late night show Paul Feig's Bible from 'Freaks and Geeks' and real

  3. says:

    The wonderful thing about birthday gifts is you end up reading books you never would have picked up on your own so I am extremely grateful my fr

  4. says:

    Eh A lot of gossip and very little writerly advice I became bored halfway through

  5. says:

    Whilst comedy is something that we all enjoy and if you don't I'm afraid we'll never be Bosom Buddies Golden Girls maybe r

  6. says:

    Loved this book 'Make yourself laugh' and 'you have to love it' are repeated over and over by these writers Inspiring and a must for comedy nerds

  7. says:

    Want to write humor? Read this book

  8. says:

    An excellent book for aspiring comedy writers as well as fans of classic comedy TV and movies This book has great in depth interviews with some of the greatest comedy writers of all times such as Mel Brooks It also contains interviews with writers that uite frankly I've never heard of but their showsmovies are legendary

  9. says:

    Even if you aren't an aspiring comedy writer you just might enjoy Poking a Dead Frog There's a lot of material here and you may not click with every interview but at over 400 pages there's plenty here for any co

  10. says:

    The title of this book refers to the old uotation about how analyzing humour is like dissecting a frog in that the frog die