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I imagine that the techniques described in this book are good, and they are thoroughly explained. His process for writing jokes and the ins-and-outs of honing material is actually very insightful. But... the way the author reads this book will make you lose any confidence that you are being taught by a competent funnyman. I know he is just reading text, but he more than anyone (as the author) knows how the jokes are intended to be delivered. I understand that the jokes in this book are meant to demonstrate the process, and it does a good enough job at that. But the already unfunny jokes are made incredibly cheesey by his deliveries, and when he uses voices for the characters' dialogue or lines... I just cringe. Every time. They are annoying and completely wrong for the context. I highly suggest you read this book rather than listen to the audiobook to salvage any humor that the author might have. But all-in-all, very good advice in all aspects. Read the book, and the purpose will maintain its credibility.
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This book is the single most useful book I have ever read on the art of writing a joke.
It's principles are easy to understand and to follow -- and even to teach.
It comes with a PDF workbook so you can literally write jokes.
The narrator is completely transparent about the messy process of writing -- so there is lots of really weak material here. The author then shows why the material is weak, and how to strengthen it.
I have met professional comics -- top people in their field -- who cannot explain their process as well as Greg does in this book. They have no clue. They are very funny people, but they have no clue why they are funny.
Greg Dean knows, though.
I used this book to write a short routine for a formal address I was giving (10 minutes) which went down incredibly well.
I cannot praise this book enough.
If you want to learn how to reliably write jokes, follow this formula. You will definitely get better at writing jokes.
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