The Comic Toolbox

John Vorhaus

A craft writing book specializing in method for comedy. Humour only in written form cannot impart the necessary sense of timing needed to manage a comedic response, and no singular book would ever give someone the necessary style and taste to develop truly unique subject matter for a comedic routine. As a result, it is slightly misled to believe that one can learn how to write comedy from any one book, but I found Vorhaus useful less for comedy writing and more for comedy editing. In the least, it gives an editor a few good ground rules to work with when trying to take a rough draft of a comedic work, to know where and when to cut—or refrain—so the essential form is not compromised.

Oh, and the chapter on practical jokes was absolutely amazing.

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