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Late Night Comedy Writing Packet

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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 is reviewed here: Comedy Writing for Late Night.

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Sitcom Pilot Script – Some Traps and How to Escape

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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 plans. I managed to finish writing a draft of my sitcom just after my second son was born. I guess, because, I’m a crazy person.

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Breaking Comedy’s DNA: Review

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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 number of years, and also worked the corporate comedy market. Not only that, but he wrote for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno for eight years. Now, before you think “urgh, Leno?

Not Taking No for an Answer

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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 scratched the surface of what we wanted to do. My son had only turned two a couple of weeks when we wrapped filming on “Falling for You”, our first feature film.

3 Things Before You Write Your Sitcom Pilot

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You’ve had an idea for a sitcom. You need to find out not only if it has legs for a pilot but also for a series. Now, you don’t necessarily have to write al the episodes, especially if you’re trying to get an agent. You just need a pilot script. But it would benefit you knowing if it would work as a series. Particularly if you get to the point where someone wants to know more information about it and whether it would work as a series. Or if you decide to produce it yourself.

New Adventures in Comedy

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Blackadder: Where have you been Flash? Lord Flashheart: Where haven’t I been? Wow, has it really been three years since I updated this blog? Why have I been away? Well, in short, I felt I was spending too much time talking about humor and comedy rather than doing it.

Sitcom Writing: Pilots and Specs

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I’ve Never Written a Sitcom… Yet. Please note, I am writing this not from experience of being a professional sitcom writer, but from the perspective of having read and researched a lot about it. Not claiming to be an expert by any means. Sure I’ve probably read more books, and websites on the subject than you. But despite what some suggest, that doesn’t make you an authority or an expert.

Late Night Talk Show Packet

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The talk show packet is supposed to model a late night talk show of your choice. At the time of writing, we have pretty much finished a major shake-up in Late Night TV hosts. As writers, we have to try to capture the unique voice of the show’s host. Current Late-Night line-up. Across the U.S. networks the hosts are as follows; Jimmy Fallon, Stephen Colbert, James Corden, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and Seth Myers.

The Sketch Comedy Writer’s Portfolio

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Saturday Night Live Writer’s Packet info. This is a follow-up to my previous post. So here’s a further breakdown of the comedy writing portfolios agents expect you to have. Bear in mind, I don’t have direct experience doing this myself… yet. This is just research that I’ve conducted and figured I’d share. Typically the sketch show packet is modeled after “Saturday Night Live” (SNL). Here’s the breakdown for you. SNL packet: cold open.

What Pro Comedy Writers Are Doing That You’re Not

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Other than working and getting paid, I mean. Here in the U.S. comedy writers are expected to have certain calling cards in order to get work or get an agent, which don’t always go hand in hand. I’ve procrastinated on my own writing samples long enough. Admittedly it has been tough having a kid, and working a day job whilst trying to leave that day job for something less soul destroying. That and making my first feature film last year. This is something I’ve wanted to take care of for a while.

How to Improve Presentation Skills workshop – The University of Chicago

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Back at the end of May I did a how to improve presentation skills workshop for the University of Chicago. I enjoyed it for the most part, but there were a couple of things I hadn’t anticipated.

Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric?

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Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric? Aristotle is important to us as speakers because he is generally credited as developing the basics of rhetorical theory in his book, which is often translated into English as The Art of Rhetoric.

Improve with Improv – Improvisation for Speakers

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I’m pleased and excited to announce that this week I have a guest author here at ProHumorist.com. Angela DeFinis is an author, speaker and consultant. More biographical information appears at the end of this article.

Improve with Improv – Improvisation for Speakers

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I’m pleased and excited to announce that this week I have a guest author here at ProHumorist.com. Angela DeFinis is an author, speaker and consultant. More biographical information appears at the end of this article.

How to Give a Funny Presentation – A Best Man’s Speech

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If you’re interested in learning how to provide a funny presentation, or even your own best man speech, then this post will provide you with a useful analysis of a humorous speech in action.

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How to Improve Presentation Skills workshop – The University of Chicago

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Back at the end of May I did a how to improve presentation skills workshop for the University of Chicago. I enjoyed it for the most part, but there were a couple of things I hadn’t anticipated. I liaised with my contact and got clarification about the time available and I explained how long my workshop was. But for some reason there was still a mis-communication between us. As feel speaking coach Lisa Braithwaite said in a May blog post you never have as much time as you want.

Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric?

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Can British Prime Ministers still learn from Aristotle and rhetoric? Aristotle is important to us as speakers because he is generally credited as developing the basics of rhetorical theory in his book, which is often translated into English as The Art of Rhetoric. Britain now has a new Tory Prime Minister. As a note for anyone outside the U.K., Tory is the nickname for the Conservative Party.

Toastmasters in the U.S.

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I wanted to write about my experiences of Toastmasters in the U.S. compared with my experiences with it in the U.K. While the main focus will be geared towards fellow Toastmasters, I will try provide useful information for the non-member too. The great thing about Toastmasters is that essentially you can pretty much go to any meeting around the world and find like-minded people. Not only that, but there is also a lot of familiarity as the vast majority of roles are the same.

Toastmasters in the U.S.

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I wanted to write about my experiences of Toastmasters in the U.S. compared with my experiences with it in the U.K. While the main focus will be geared towards fellow Toastmasters, I will try provide useful information for the non-member too. The great thing about Toastmasters is that essentially you can pretty much go to any meeting around the world and find like-minded people. Not only that, but there is also a lot of familiarity as the vast majority of roles are the same.

America-phile – Life Across the Pond

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Hello, hey, bonjour, ciao… alright? I can’t believe that it’s been eight months. since I’ve written a post on here. Wowsers. trousers. A LOT has changed! As some of my friends and regular readers know in September 2009 I emigrated to the United States of America to marry my long term American girlfriend. I’m going to catch you up on the things that I’ve been involved with and I provide you with ten tips and food for thought along the way.

America-phile – Life Across the Pond

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Hello, hey, bonjour, ciao… alright? I can’t believe that it’s been eight months. since I’ve written a post on here. Wowsers. trousers. A LOT has changed! As some of my friends and regular readers know in September 2009 I emigrated to the United States of America to marry my long term American girlfriend. I’m going to catch you up on the things that I’ve been involved with and I provide you with ten tips and food for thought along the way.

Humour and the Art of Non-verbal Communication

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There has been much written on the subject of verbal and non-verbal communication. I wanted to provide my 2 pence worth on this subject and how it relates to creating funny presentations. A vast majority of speakers and training companies often misuse research by Dr Albert Mehrabian who statistics have been massaged to provide us with quotes such as: “Studies show that during interpersonal communication 7% of the message is verbally communicated. While 93% is non-verbally transmitted.

Humour and the Art of Non-verbal Communication

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There has been much written on the subject of verbal and non-verbal communication. I wanted to provide my 2 pence worth on this subject and how it relates to creating funny presentations. A vast majority of speakers and training companies often misuse research by Dr Albert Mehrabian who statistics have been massaged to provide us with quotes such as: “Studies show that during interpersonal communication 7% of the message is verbally communicated. While 93% is non-verbally transmitted.

24 Ways to Improve your Presentation Skills

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I wanted to provide some quick tips for you to improve your presentation skills. Read, Study, Re-read, memorise and generally imprint the following books, blogs and tips on your brain. 1. Read the book Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. 2. Really Bad PowerPoint by Seth Godin (link to download the PDF). 3. Grab the book Speech-Making and Presentations Made Easy by Dr Max Atkinson. Check out my review on Amazon. 4. Read Presentation Zen , the blog of the book by Garr Reynolds.

24 Ways to Improve your Presentation Skills

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I wanted to provide some quick tips for you to improve your presentation skills. Read, Study, Re-read, memorise and generally imprint the following books, blogs and tips on your brain. 1. Read the book Presentation Zen by Garr Reynolds. 2. Really Bad PowerPoint by Seth Godin (link to download the PDF). 3. Grab the book Speech-Making and Presentations Made Easy by Dr Max Atkinson. Check out my review on Amazon. 4. Read Presentation Zen , the blog of the book by Garr Reynolds.

Toastmasters World Champion 2009

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The Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking for 2009 is Australian Mark Hunter, with his speech “A sink for a green tomato” In seems that previously, Mark competed in the 2001 World Championships which has since produced 2003 winner Jim Key. Beyond the accolades, having previously competed in the early rounds of the contest myself the contest is a good way to expand and improve your skills on the area of public speaking.

Toastmasters World Champion 2009

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The Toastmasters World Champion of Public Speaking for 2009 is Australian Mark Hunter, with his speech “A sink for a green tomato&#. In seems that previously, Mark competed in the 2001 World Championships which has since produced 2003 winner Jim Key. Beyond the accolades, having previously competed in the early rounds of the contest myself the contest is a good way to expand and improve your skills on the area of public speaking.

Is There a Cure to Public Speaking Fear?

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Consumer Note: I am in no way advocating the usage of this product. I am only providing my thoughts on the creation of such a product and what people can do for themselves without relying on tablets. A pill has been released that claims to be a public speaking cure. Bravina is a combination of 9 different herbal ingredients including Gingko Biloba and St. John’s Wort. The website says that it aides with relaxation and concentration.

Is There a Cure to Public Speaking Fear?

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A pill has been released that claims to be a public speaking cure. Bravina is a combination of 9 different herbal ingredients including Gingko Biloba and St. John’s Wort. The website says that it aides with relaxation and concentration. Ultimately to help you overcome the fears of public speaking. While it’s all well and good that people have attempted to create a public speaking cure, I don’t believe that there is a “magic pill” that you can take to alleviate your public speaking fears.

How to Give a Funny Presentation – A Best Man’s Speech

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If you’re interested in learning how to give funny presentations, or even your own best man speech, then this post will provide you with a useful analysis of a humorous speech in action. I got asked to have a look at a video clip of former GB & Ireland Toastmasters Speaking Champ Simon Bucknall’s Best Man’s speech.

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How to Give a Funny Presentation - A Best Man’s Speech

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If you’re interested in learning how to give funny presentations then this post will provide you with a useful analysis of a humorous speech in action. I got asked to have a look at a video clip of former GB & Ireland Toastmasters Speaking Champ Simon Bucknall’s Best Man’s speech. Check out the clip here… With a social speech, as with any speech or presentation, you have to have an equal balance of humour as well as making any point or message that you want to convey.

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ProHumorist’s 2nd Birthday plus July Speedlinks

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Wow, so another year has flown by and this blog hits it’s second birthday!! So my blog is now a toddler and is entering its “terrible twos&# … oh joy. I just to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has become involved with the community here through their comments, I’d like to thank all my RSS readers, both old and new, and also those of you who have subscribed to my newsletter.

ProHumorist’s 2nd Birthday plus July Speedlinks

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Wow, so another year has flown by and this blog hits it’s second birthday!! So my blog is now a toddler and is entering its “terrible twos&# … oh joy. I just to take this opportunity to thank everybody who has become involved with the community here through their comments, I’d like to thank all my RSS readers, both old and new, and also those of you who have subscribed to my newsletter.

Humour is all about the… timing

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I was inspired to write a companion piece to an article that Lisa Braithwaite published over at Speak Schmeak - rewards of ending on time. If you haven’t checked it out, make sure that you do. I wanted to talk about my own experiences with speech timing and also provide some some tips on funny presentations. When I first started with Toastmasters my first few speeches overran greatly. So this was an issue that I clearly needed to address.

Humour is all about the… timing

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I was inspired to write a companion piece to an article that Lisa Braithwaite published over at Speak Schmeak - rewards of ending on time. If you haven’t checked it out, make sure that you do. I wanted to talk about my own experiences with speech timing and also provide some some tips on funny presentations. When I first started with toastmasters my first few speeches overran greatly. So this was an issue that I clearly needed to address.

Creating a Funny Intro for a Presentation

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If you’re looking for a way to create a funny introduction for a presentation you should consider that you’re introduction is actually going to be made up of two parts. First of all you’ll have your pre-introduction and then you will have your introduction proper, this is something that I learned from Speech-Making and Presentations Made Easy by Dr. Max Atkinson. The pre-introduction is the part of your speech where you can get your audience’s attention.

Creating a Funny Intro for a Presentation

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If you’re looking for a way to create a funny introduction for a presentation you should consider that you’re introduction is actually going to be made up of two parts. First of all you’ll have your pre-introduction and then you will have your introduction proper, this is something that I learned from Speech-Making and Presentations Made Easy by Dr. Max Atkinson. The pre-introduction is the part of your speech where you can get your audience’s attention.

Funny PowerPoint Presentations

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In order to create funny PowerPoints and give an effective presentation you need to spend a certain proportion of time designing your slides. I’m not talking about fancy decoration to make your slides look pretty or interesting for the sake. That alone does not create funny PowerPoints. You should take time to consider the image that will be on the slide as well as any text. Notice I said the word image before I said the word text.

Funny PowerPoint Presentations

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In order to give an effective, funny PowerPoint presentation you need to spend a certain proportion of time designing your slides. I’m not talking about fancy decoration to make your slides look pretty or interesting for the sake. You should take time to consider the image that will be on the slide as well as any text. Notice I said the word image before I said the word text. They say a picture can paint a thousand words and that’s true.