Writing situation comedies isn’t really that hard. So much of what you need to know is already defined for you. You know that your script needs to be a certain short length, with a certain small number of characters. You know that your choice of scenes is limited to your show’s standing sets and maybe one or two swing sets or outside locations. You know how your characters behave and how they’re funny, either because you invented them or because you’re writing for a show where these things are already well established. Sitcom is easy and sitcom is fun. Sitcom is the gateway drug to longer forms of writing. It’s a pretty good buzz and a pretty good ride, a great way to kill an afternoon, or even six months.
And now, thanks to comedy writing guru John Vorhaus, writing situation comedy is easier than ever. In The Little Book of Sitcom, you’ll find a whole trove of tools, tricks, and problem-solving techniques that you can use - now, today - to be the sitcom writer of your wildest dreams. Ready to write? Ready to have fun? The Little Book of Sitcom is the big little book for you.
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Incredible insider information: Great delivery.
A refreshing break.
He read his own book, which most of the time is great, if the book is excellent, as this was, and the author confident in his knowledge, like this guy.
Everything. It's non-fiction so the performance was less relevent than a drama.
I don't know- too much to write. I don't like the question.
Just liked the book a lot. He's straightforward, anxious to share information to find real talent, an knows his field. He is my favorite character. Wish he gave more examples though.
I've wanted to write for TV and Film for a long time. Comedy has always seemed the hardest. Within 20 minutes of listening my motivation was spiked and I felt I had a stronger insight in how to become a paid writer for not only comedy, but drama as well. Finished the book the same night I got it!
Kevin - The made up "darling" we all have was important, because as they always say, "We love our darlings, but you have to kill your darlings".
The entire thing. I especially liked his guides to focusing on three types of conflict. That was extremely eye opening.
Anyone looking to write for TV or film, this is a must read. This made me want to sit down and write again.
- Phil Hudson