I was inspired to write this post after seeing a similar post on Lisa Braithwaite’s Speak Schmeak and remembering some of my own frustrations with this area. A lot of speakers I’ve seen this past year seem to have developed the “habit” of quoting information without citing any sources.
Well, I finally finished putting together my generic Late Night Comedy Writing packet. I finished it back in November, and now have a potential sample that I can tweak if I decide to look for Late Night writing jobs. I can thoroughly recommend buying a copy of late night comedy writer, Joe Toplyn’s book. Which …View full post
Here are a few sitcom pilot scripts traps I’ve experienced myself, and some potential ways to escape. This is not an exhaustive list of traps by any means. And I am writing from the perspective of a first-time sitcom pilot script writer. Here’s a little background, and then I’ll go over some traps and escape …View full post
I’ve been on author Jerry Corley’s mailing list for a couple of years now. I really enjoy what he has to say. And there’s a lot to be learned, for free, on his blog. He’s always entertaining and insightful. If you’re not sure who he is, Jerry is a comedy who worked the road for a …View full post
Note: This is a version of a review I posted on Amazon. I don’t believe you can learn to be funny. Some reading this (when I say some I mean all one of you), will disagree with me. Some suggest you can learn to be funny. In my experience, people like this, myself included, have …View full post
My second son is nearly 4 months old at time of writing. I cannot help reflect back three years and think about the crummy guidance a nurse gave us when we had our first son. “Your life is now on hold for the next 18 years”. Huh? Naturally, we panicked. We felt we hadn’t even …View full post
I have decided to split this post in half because there is something that needs to be addressed before we even get into looking at Simon Bucknall’s Masterclass. If you wanted to take your speaking skills to the next level and maybe even compete, but you couldn’t afford a speech coach what would you do?
I finally managed to complete the Humorously Speaking manual at my Toastmasters club, Grosvenor Square Speakers, which means I now have my Advanced Communicator Bronze (ACB) award. I had actually completed the other 9 speech projects by this past June (2008), so why has it taken me until November 24th to complete one speech?
Estelle Reiner died last month. She was the actress who uttered one of the most famous lines in modern cinema. She was the woman in When Harry, Met Sally who, in response to Meg Ryan’s fake orgasm scene said, “I’ll have what she’s having.” She was the mother of the director Rob Reiner and wife to Carl Reiner, who directed some early Steve Martin comedies and alongside Mel Brooks was famous for the 2000-year old man.