And Here's the Kicker

And Here's the Kicker

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DID YOU HEAR THE ONE ABOUT ... Every great joke has a punch line, and every great humor writer has an arsenal of experiences, anecdotes, and obsessions that were the inspiration for that humor. In fact, those who make a career out of entertaining strangers with words are a notoriously intelligent and quirky lot. And boy, do they have some stories. In this entertaining and inspirational book, you'll hear from 21 top humor writers as they discuss the comedy-writing process, their influences, their likes and dislikes, and their experiences in the industry. You'll also learn some less useful but equally amusing things, such as: How screenwriter Buck Henry came up with the famous qplasticsq line for qThe Graduate.q How many times the cops were called on co-writers Sacha Baron Cohen and Dan Mazer during the shooting of qBorat.q What David Sedaris thinks of his critics. What creator Paul Feig thinks would have happened to the qFreaks a Geeksq crew if the show had had another season. What Jack Handey considers his favorite qDeep Thoughts.q How Todd Hanson and the staff of The Onion managed to face the aftermath of 9/11 with the perfect dose of humor. How Stephen Merchant and Ricky Gervais created the original version of qThe Office.q What it's really like in the writers' room at SNL. Funny and informative, And Here's the Kicker is a must-have resourcea€”whether you're an aspiring humor writer, a fan of the genre, or someone who just likes to laugh.... Judd Apatow, Larry David, and Garry Shandling, were invited to a private Los Angeles screening of a new movie called Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, co-written by Dan Mazer. ... Borat went on to become a critical and box-office smash, and was even nominated for best adapted screenplay at the 2007 Academy Awards (losing to The Departed). But despite all the excitement, Dan Mazer did not become an overnight celebrity.

Title:And Here's the Kicker
Author:Mike Sacks
Publisher:Writer's Digest Books - 2009-06-10


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