Poking A Dead Frog

Poking A Dead Frog

Conversations With Today's Top Comedy Writers

Book - 2014
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Penguin Putnam
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR

Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and many more take us deep inside the mysterious world of comedy in this fascinating, laugh-out-loud-funny book. Packed with behind-the-scenes stories—from a day in the writers’ room at The Onion to why a sketch does or doesn’t make it onto Saturday Night Live to how the BBC nearly erased the entire first season of Monty Python’s Flying Circus—Poking a Dead Frog is a must-read for comedy buffs, writers and pop culture junkies alike.

Random House, Inc.
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
NAMED A BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR BY NPR

Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and many more take us deep inside the mysterious world of comedy in this fascinating, laugh-out-loud-funny book. Packed with behind-the-scenes stories—from a day in the writers’ room at The Onion to why a sketch does or doesn’t make it onto Saturday Night Live to how the BBC nearly erased the entire first season of Monty Python’s Flying Circus—Poking a Dead Frog is a must-read for comedy buffs, writers and pop culture junkies alike.

Baker & Taylor
Gives behind-the-scenes stories of the comedy-writing world, including what goes on at The Onion and Saturday Night Live, in a book that includes contributions from such luminaries as Adam McKay, Michael Schur, Glen Charles, Marc Maron, Mel Brooks, Amy Poehler, Terry Jones, Paul F. Tompkins and more! Original.

Baker
& Taylor

Offers a behind-the-scenes look at the world of comedy, with contributions from such noted writers as Mel Brooks, Carol Kolb, George Saunders, Amy Poehler, and James Downey, along with advice and tips for succeeding in the industry.

Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, c2014
ISBN: 9780143123781
Branch Call Number: 792.7028 SAC
Characteristics: xvii, 453 p. :,ill. ;,22 cm.

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danielestes
Sep 08, 2015

This book is long, but if you have a shred of interest in comedy writing or in the process of being creative, then check it out even if only to skim through. Most of the interviewees are a gold mine of laughs and hard-won life lessons.

My current job is about as far away from writing comedy as a job can be, and yet I could easily identify with the backgrounds of many of these professionals. They tended to be smarter than average but overwhelmingly disliked school. All were capable of this obsessive work ethic, one that only required the right push of creative motivation. Recognizing that is something a garden-variety high school teacher would be clueless on how to inspire.

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vv10
Jun 15, 2015

A must-read for any self proclaimed "comedy nerd". Not only do you get to laugh out loud to interviews with some of your favorite comedians you learn about the interworking's of comedies greatest hits as well as hidden gems. If you're interested in getting in to the comedy - writing industry, consider adding this to your tool kit with advice from people well versed in the career.

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lukasevansherman
Feb 08, 2015

An anthology of conversations with a a bunch of comedians/actors/directors/authors that focusing on the writing side of comedy. It's both for the comedy fan, as well as for the aspiring comedian. Some of the subjects interviewed are Terry Jones, Mel Brooks, Marc Maron, Daniel Clowes ("Ghost World"), Lemony Snicket, Paul Feig ("Freaks and Geeks"), Roz Chast, and Adam McKay ("Anchorman").

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