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Writing Humor

With Brad Schreiber, author of What Are You Laughing At? How to Write Funny Screenplays, Stories, and More

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Writing humor is harder than it looks. Funny guy Brad Schreiber discusses what makes us laugh and what to look out for when writing comedy.

Brad Schreiber is the author of six books, including What Are You Laughing At? How to Write Funny Screenplays, Stories and More (Michael Wiese Productions) and Stop the Show! Insane Incidents and Absurd Accidents in the Theater (Da Capo/Perseus). Death in Paradise: An Illustrated History of the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner (Running Press/Perseus) led him to create the cable TV series "North Mission Road," which ran for six seasons on Court TV (now truTV). He has been a journalist at Entertainment Today since 1995. His story on documentarian Errol Morris and his Oscar-winning documentary "The Fog of War" won him a fellowship to the National Press Foundation in Washington, D.C. He also writes for The Huffington Post.

Schreiber has won awards from the Edward Albee Foundation, National Audio Theatre Festivals, California Writers Club, Dorset Theatre Festival, KASA Screenwriting Competition, and others. He is Vice President of Storytech Literary Consulting, founded in 1999 by Chris Vogler, author of The Writer’s Journey ( He has taught and lectured on various forms of writing at the Society of Professional Journalists, the American Film Institute, CalArts, USC, Pixar Animation, the Gotham Writers Workshop in New York, and writers' conferences in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico.

His personal Web site is

Interviewee: Brad Schreiber
Host: Paula B.
Date: January 3, 2010
Running time: 57:02
File size: 27 megabytes
Rating: PG (gore, sex)
Brad Schreiber's Web sites: The Brad Schreiber Home Page ; STORYTECH Literary Consulting; Brad Schreiber's Journalism Archive

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