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Write to TV, 2nd Edition by Martie Cook

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SITUATIONAL COMEDIES

 

WHAT IT TAKES TO WRITE COMEDY

“Does it have to be funny?” While the answer may seem rather obvious, this is a question I am asked repeatedly. Each time, I am a little taken back. The word “sitcom” is actually a hybrid of two words: situational comedy. What this means at a core level is that sitcoms are about funny people in humorous situations. So yes, sitcoms must be funny — hilarious actually — and the people who write them must be amazingly quick-tongued and witty.

While I can teach you how to find stories, format a script, and set up and pay-off jokes, I cannot, unfortunately, teach you a sense of humor. You are either born with one or you are not.

“Write it down. Write everything down and don’t ...

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