Make 'Em Laugh

Make 'Em Laugh

Book - 1993
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Random House, Inc.
The success of Steve Allen's How To Be Funny led first to the republication of that book, and now occasioned a companion volume, Make 'Em Laugh. This new how-to book about the art of comedy includes an even richer assortment of examples of the author's unique humor.

In Make 'Em Laugh, Allen laces his formal instruction with hilarious ad-libs, written jokes, TV comedy sketches, satires, song parodies, humorous essays, amusing autobiographical reminiscences, one-act plays, witty speeches, and stand-up monologues from his comedy concerts.

Noel Coward called Steve Allen the most talented man in America, and he is probably the most borrowed-from comedian of all time. The perceptive reader will recognize many of the comic ideas that Allen originated during the "Golden Age" of television comedy - ideas that are still influential in the 1990's.

If there were a college course in creating and performing comedy, Make 'Em Laugh would be the ideal textbook.

Baker & Taylor
Surveys the history of American comedy, offers advice on creating funny speeches, monologues, sketches, essays, letters, cartoons, song lyrics, and jokes, and discusses plagiarism

Blackwell North Amer
The success of Steve Allen's How to Be Funny led first to the republication of that book and has now occasioned a companion volume, Make 'em Laugh. This new how-to book about the art of comedy includes an even richer assortment of examples of the author's unique humor.
Allen, called by Noel Coward the most talented man in America, laces his formal instruction with hilarious adlibs, written jokes, TV comedy sketches, satires, song parodies, humorous essays, amusing autobiographical reminiscences, one-act plays, witty speeches, and stand-up monologues from his comedy concerts.
Allen is probably the most borrowed-from comedian of all time. The perceptive reader will recognize in this book many of the comic ideas that he originated during the golden age of television comedy, ideas that are still influential in the 1990s.
If there were a college course in creating and performing comedy, Make 'em Laugh would be the ideal textbook.

Publisher: Buffalo, New York : Prometheus Books, 1993
ISBN: 9780879758370
0879758376
Branch Call Number: 808.7 ALLEN
Characteristics: 339 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm

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