Comic Relief

comedy-club-4691822Resources to support your efforts in creating a comic proposal:

Here’s a list of Comedy Clubs in the U.S., which you can sort by location.


If you want to delve further into the art of writing comedy, here’s an article from the Guardian about writing comedy and subverting expectations.

And here are a number of excellent books on the subject.

comedy-bibleThe Comedy Bible
by Judy Carter

Judy Carter uses quotes from famous comedians to illustrate her points. Her book has exercises in it to prepare the fledgling stand-up comic. There’s lots of funny in this book, though it is geared to someone who wants to go pro.


comic-toolboxThe Comic Toolbox
by John Vorhaus

The Comic Toolbox is a true “how to” book. Vorhaus creates an atmosphere where you will just have to let your inner editor/ critic take a back seat to the creative process, building confidence all along. The blurb on the front of the book reads — “A funny idea is worthless until you understand the mechanics of its construction and execution. Meet Mr. Goodwrench,”  from Russ Woody, Producer, Murphy Brown.


how-to-be-funnyHow to Be Funny: The One and Only Practical Guide for Every Occasion, Situation and Disaster (no kidding)
by Jon Macks

Jon Macks writes about finding humor in everyday situations. He has written for The Tonight Show, the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards and Hollywood Squares. He knows his funny.


funny-the-bookFunny the Book — Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy
by David Misch

David Misch recaps the founders of funny in his book, telling tales of Buster Keaton, Woody Allen, The Marx Brothers, Richard Pryor, and Steve Martin. “Every titter is a tiny taste of transcendence; every giggle a glancing glimpse of God.”  – David Misch