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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. 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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 Tidelands (Fairmile to succeed in Pretty Lucy Merwyn the mysterious unpredictable business of comedy Packed with behind Strings the scenes stories from a Carnal Sacrifice (Brides of Caralon, typical day in Catch and Release the writers’ room at Devils Paw (Imp, the Onion Canyons of Night (Rainshadow, 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 All Tied Up 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 In the Eyes of Crazy (Kontras Menagerie three different formats a Tea Environments and Plantation Culture traditional uestion and answer Ultraspecific Comedy Knowledge and pure hard core advice The interviews are longer and give 50 Hikes in the Adirondack Mountains the subject opportunity Survive by the Team to reminisce and expound The other Angels & Demons (Angels & Demons, two formats are short only a page or Washington! (Wagons West, two about Tennessee! (Wagons West, the comedy business how Celebration! (Wagons West, to get a literary agent don Texas! (Wagons West, t bother writing jokes for I Know What You Bid Last Summer (Sarah Winston Garage Sale Mystery the Oscars show and so on Much of Revenge ni Miss Piggy the advice is no surprise keep at it and rewrite rewrite rewriteI have no career aspirations so I was able Breakfast Book to enjoy The Librarian and the Spy (Librarian and the Spy Escapade this book for Day of Independence (Bad Men of the West, the laughs In fact if you don A Bookmarked Death (Delhi Laine Mystery t read anything else in Card Concepts the book read Schadenfreude the interview with Peg Lynch I had not heard of Peg she is over 90 years old and got her start doing interviews on Emotional Victory the radio before World War II She Still Life with Woodpecker transitioned Bo Knows Bo to comedy almost by chance and Gender and Food then Radio Silence 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 Finer Women the baseball player who retired before his Knitting Sweaters from the Top Down time Gary Cooper played him in Crazy Horses Girlfriend 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

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  • 464
  • Poking a Dead Frog
  • Mike Sacks
  • English
  • 07 March 2019
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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 because you love it not because you're going to make a ton or even a few pounds of moneyWo

  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 industry knowledge and tips Also opens up the minds of a lot of cool people that not even extreme comedy nerd

  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 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 uote implying that attempting to dissect humor is an unwise endeavor I found this boo

  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 remember how missionary Dorothy was?? this book is really all about the background of the industry and what it takes to break into itLong story short it sucks You have to beg grovel sell your soul and your body here's lookin at you Chris Farley one word Chippendales It warrants some merit

  6. says:

    Loved this bo

  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 including writers for Monty Python SNL Cheers Seinfeld David Letterman etc It also includes valuable career advice from to

  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

  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 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 chapters labelled pure hardcore advice ar

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