Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy

Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers 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 InPoking a Dead Frog, top humor writers like Adam McKay Step Brothers, Talladega Nights , Michael Schur The Office, Parks and Recreation , and Glen Charles Cheers, Taximany 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 managed 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

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10 thoughts on “Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers

  1. Rick Garvia Rick Garvia says:

    There is some very good advice for comedy writers in this book, most notably that one has to do the following Go 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 question

  2. Seymour Glass Seymour Glass says:

    Arrrgh, I have a lot of frustration about this one and I m conflicted about how to rate review 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. Sunil Sunil 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 friend, who knew that I loved both comedy and writing, guessed that I might enjoy a book of interviews with and advice from comedy writers Though the title Poking a Dead Frog refers to a qu

  4. David Katzman David Katzman says:

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

  5. Kerry Kerry 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 remember how missionary Dorothy was this book is really all about the background of the industry and what it takes to break into it.Long story short it sucks You have to beg, grovel, sell your soul and your body here s looki

  6. Anita Anita 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. Andrew Shaffer Andrew Shaffer says:

    Want to write humor Read this book.

  8. Mike Kowis Mike Kowis 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, quite frankly, I ve never heard of, but their shows movies are legendary, including writers for Monty Python, S

  9. Biblio Files (takingadayoff) Biblio Files (takingadayoff) 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 comedy fan The interviews are in three different formats, a traditional question and answer, Ultraspecific Comedy Knowledge, and pure hard core advice The interv

  10. Frederic Kerr Frederic Kerr says:

    The title of this book refers to the old quotation about how analyzing humour is like dissecting a frog, in that the frog dies and nobody laughs Unfortunately, the book lives up to that premise, in that is neither funny nor very insightful about comedy The chapters include interviews with various writers and performers, most of which are not that interesting on their own The cha

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