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Introduction

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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... to.For now, if you have something to write with, and your sense of humour to hand, please turn the page and let’s get on with making sure that the only pratfalls in your comedy writing career are intentional ones. John Byrne December 2011...

Basic Joke Writing

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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0

...Probably the most common question asked of professional humorists is ‘Where do you get your ideas from?’ I know it’s the most common question I get asked – in fact I’m usually the one asking it, whenever I’m staring at a blank screen...

Cuttin' A Rug

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John Byrne

~playauthor~Written by~ John Byrne

Faber and Faber, 2003

Faber Drama

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Acts: 2, Roles: Total (10), Female (4), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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... and despair. John Byrne takes the slab room he worked in and makes it pure theatre: the scams, the dreams, the aloof but gorgeous girl, the despair of life back home, the obligatory tormenting of the office 'weed', and the mandatory...

Still Life

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John Byrne

~playauthor~Written by~ John Byrne

Faber and Faber, 2003

Faber Drama

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Acts: 2, Roles: Total (5), Female (1), Male (4), Unassigned (0)

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... and despair. John Byrne takes the slab room he worked in and makes it pure theatre: the scams, the dreams, the aloof but gorgeous girl, the despair of life back home, the obligatory tormenting of the office 'weed', and the mandatory...

Your Comedy Writing Career

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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... now the norm rather than the exception, there are also successful writers like John Sullivan or Roy Clarke who have produced long-running hit series working alone. Theatrical satirist Howard Brenton maintains that comedy works best when...

Sketches, Sitcoms and Scripted Comedy

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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1

... arrangements, while replacing Bogart with John Cleese as Basil Fawlty would no doubt mean that Sam was given a comprehensive Manuel-thewaiter-style slapping before he ever got a chance to ‘Play it Again’. At the other end of the scale from...

Writing Comedy Routines

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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...A friend of mine once suggested that because stand-up comedy is such a hard thing to be a beginner at, aspiring stand-ups should be like singers doing ‘cover versions’. The idea was that they should spend the first few months...

Tutti Frutti

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John Byrne

~playauthor~Written by~ John Byrne

Faber and Faber, 2006

Faber Drama

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Acts: 2, Roles: Total (20), Female (8), Male (10), Unassigned (2)

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... It was 1987 when John Bryne's award-winning comedy-drama burst onto the nation's TV screens, searing itself into a generation's consciousness in the process. Now he has adapted his own original script, as the National Theatre of Scotland...

Can I Learn to Write Comedy from a Book?

John Byrne

John Byrne has over 20 years of experience as a writer, cartoonist, broadcaster and performer for TV, radio, theatre and print, as well as working as a personal advisor to many top performers and entertainers, both one-to-one and via his popular weekly advice column in The Stage. He regularly lectures on arts careers for events such as Actors Expo, the Edinburgh Festival and institutions such as The Guildhall, BIMM and The Brits School. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Writing Handbooks : Writing Comedy

Bloomsbury Publishing, 1999

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0

...Somebody once said that comedy writers and comedians are people who see the funny side of everything – except comedy itself. Certainly wherever comics and writers gather, the question that opens this chapter is often hotly and passionately...

The Slab Boys

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John Byrne

~playauthor~Written by~ John Byrne

Faber and Faber, 2003

Faber Drama

Playtext

Acts: 2, Roles: Total (8), Female (2), Male (6), Unassigned (0)

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... and despair. John Byrne takes the slab room he worked in and makes it pure theatre: the scams, the dreams, the aloof but gorgeous girl, the despair of life back home, the obligatory tormenting of the office 'weed', and the mandatory...