Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister

Comedy Rules From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes Prime Minister essential rules from the award winning co writer of Yes Minster and Yes Prime Minister Hollywood movie director producer novelist and actor A host of hugely enjoyable examples drawn from Lynn s

  • Title: Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister
  • Author: Jonathan Lynn
  • ISBN: 9780571277957
  • Page: 116
  • Format: Hardcover
  • 150 essential rules from the award winning co writer of Yes Minster and Yes Prime Minister, Hollywood movie director, producer, novelist and actor.A host of hugely enjoyable examples drawn from Lynn s varied and successful career bring these rules to life, covering everything from inspiration, collaboration and the Seven Deadly Sins to the perils of unmotivated comic busin150 essential rules from the award winning co writer of Yes Minster and Yes Prime Minister, Hollywood movie director, producer, novelist and actor.A host of hugely enjoyable examples drawn from Lynn s varied and successful career bring these rules to life, covering everything from inspiration, collaboration and the Seven Deadly Sins to the perils of unmotivated comic business, pitching screenplays in LA, sexist jokes and lunch with the Inland Revenue Along the way, we meet a cast of luminaries including Leonard Rossiter, John Landis, Nigel Hawthorne, Paul Eddington, Jack Rosenthal and Jonathan s long time co writer, Antony Jay As we travel with him from his first digs in Coventry to the sushi bars of Hollywood, Comedy Rules offers an enlightening journey into the world of comedy and an indispensible companion to the elusive art of its creation.

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    About "Jonathan Lynn"

    1. Jonathan Lynn

      Jonathan Lynn has directed 10 feature films including the cult classic Clue he also wrote the screenplay , Nuns on the Run also written by Mr Lynn , My Cousin Vinny, The Distinguished Gentleman, Sgt Bilko, Greedy, Trial And Error, The Whole Nine Yards, The Fighting Temptations and most recently, Wild Target His first produced screenplay was The Internecine Project 1974.For television, Jonathan s writing credits include dozens of episodes of various comedy series but he is best known for the phenomenally successful, multi award winning BBC series Yes Minister and Yes, Prime Minister, co written and created with Antony Jay.Jonathan authored the bestselling books The Complete Yes, Minister and The Complete Yes, Prime Minister, which cumulatively sold than a million copies in hardback and have been translated into numerous languages and are still in print nearly 30 years later Mayday 1993, revised 2001 and his latest book Comedy Rules Faber and Faber , which also received rave reviews Jonathan made his first professional appearance on Broadway in the revue Cambridge Circus, and his television debut on The Ed Sullivan Show, live with 70 million viewers, both at the age of 21 Jonathan s West End theater debut, aged 23, was as an actor in the role of Motel the Tailor in the original London cast of Fiddler on the Roof His subsequent London directing credits include The Glass Menagerie Songbook Best Musical, Olivier Award and Evening Standard Award Anna Christie RSC, Stratford and the Donmar Joe Orton s Loot Pass The Butler by Eric Idle, Shaw s Arms And The Man and The Gingerbread Man Old Vic At the National Theatre, he directed A Little Hotel on the Side by Georges Feydeau and Three Men on A Horse Olivier Award, Best Comedy As Artistic Director of the Cambridge Theatre Company, he directed 20 productions, producing 20 others, 9 of which transferred to the West End.His numerous awards include the BAFTA Writers Award, Writers Guild twice , Broadcasting Press Guild twice , NAACP Image Award, Environmental Media Award, Ace Award Best Comedy Series on US cable, and a Special award from the Campaign For Freedom of Information.Lynn received an MA in Law from Cambridge University and now lives in New York, describing himself as a recovering lawyer.

    702 thoughts on “Comedy Rules: From the Cambridge Footlights to Yes, Prime Minister”

    1. I bought and read Comedy Rules because of a burgeoning desire to write some comedy, whether it be sitcom or a play or other, and prior to going on my second of Jan Etherington's Comedy Course days. Whilst Jonathan Lynn's book is not, and does not profess or set out to be, a 'how-to' book, it was still a joy to read and gave a lot of background and anecdotes around his comedy writing life. Along the way, despite not intending to instruct, the book also gave a wealth of invaluable tips. Extremely [...]


    2. Part-autobiography, part-tutorial, part-ramble, Jonathan Lynn’s look back at his career in acting and directing and in particular in comedy writing is full of excellent advice for those aiming to succeed him. The rules of the title pepper the book — there are 150 in all, over 200 pages — and range from the relatively obvious to the insightful.For example, rule 35: It is hazardous to your career to make sexist jokes about women. Not a surprise, though somehow it still needs repeating. And t [...]


    3. At the very beginning of the book Mr Lynn advises us "not to read it like a comedy text book", although it definitely starts off like one. As I am unlikely ever to deal with film studios or demanding performers the tips in these areas are of purely academic interest. But they are interesting nonetheless, and they get funnier as the book progresses.Where the book excels is as a memoir and some of these sections are hilarious. The contradictory nature of some of the rules highlights the challenges [...]


    4. Lynn's reminiscences of his experiences during a time of great UK humour generation are worth the cover price, but we also get some practical, insightful exploration of how and why comedy works. Some of Lynn's rules are straightforward ('If the audience laughs, it's funny') while others are extremely shrewd. Well worthwhile.




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