INSIDE THE ART, CRAFT AND BUSINESS OF WRITING for Film, TV, Books, Stage, Print or Digital Media (with Particular Attention to Comedy)

7 Elements of a Good Comedy Rant

“Anyone can become angry – that is easy, but to be angry with the right person at the right time and for the right purpose and in the right way … Continue reading

February 14, 2013 · 1 Comment

9 Rules For Being Funny From “Inside Comedy”

Failure Is The Only Option Get Personal Figure Out What Works–Then Change It Look Back to Move Forward Being Liked Is Overrated Work the Silence Misery Loves Comedy Listen Up … Continue reading

February 13, 2013 · 1 Comment

Alan Zweibel on Comedy Writing and Writing Comedy

Alan Zweibel is the prolific writer of Emmy-winning TV shows (“Saturday Night Live”, “Curb Your Enthusiasm”, “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show”)  and a Thurber Prize-winning novel (“The Other Schulman”). He offers … Continue reading

February 7, 2013 · 1 Comment

Network TV Comedy Pilots Greenlit for 2013

Here’s a pretty comprehensive list of the comedy pilots getting made this season via Splitsider, an excellent comedy website. Expect to see lots of post-nuclear blended and expanded families on … Continue reading

February 1, 2013 · 2 Comments

29 Different Ways to Get a Laugh

People say laughter is the best medicine (although probably 9 out of 10 doctors wouldn’t agree). Many spiritual traditions (at least Zen Buddhism and the New Age) preach the transcendent … Continue reading

January 30, 2013 · 2 Comments

Billy Wilder on What It Takes to be a Writer Who Writes

You may have heard of him or seen some of his movies like, oh, for instance, “Some Like It Hot”, “Sunset Blvd.”, “The Lost Weekend” and “The Apartment”. No shock: … Continue reading

January 29, 2013 · Leave a comment

Writing is hard – but you don’t have to do it alone!

I can make it easier, faster and more fun! I can help you… – Choose which project to write next – Outline and plan your book or script – Get … Continue reading

January 12, 2013 · Leave a comment

8 Rewrite Notes for Any Comedy Script

1 – Put at least one solid laugh on every page. Not witty banter or zany behavior. A laugh. Not just your opinion, but based on other people’s reads. You … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · 1 Comment

For Writing Out Loud (Recommended Comedy Storytelling, Personal Essay and Spoken Word Venues in Los Angeles)

You need stage time to get good at comic storytelling or reading your funny personal essays, but how do you get good stage time? Since I started producing Un-Cabaret and … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

How to Write a Humor Book Proposal (What the National Lampoon is/was Looking For)

As a writing coach, I have worked on a number of proposals with authors and agents, and almost every one is different. They vary pretty widely with the particulars of … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment

Forget Walking the Walk. Can You Talk the Talk?

Do you know what a ‘clam’ is? How about ‘a barrel’ or the dreaded ‘Nakamura’? You will now, thanks to this FREE GLOSSARY OF TERMS gathered from writer’s rooms of … Continue reading

December 5, 2012 · Leave a comment