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1. "Comedy writing is taking the brief thought and going with it."
Author: Chris O'Dowd
2. "A good comedy's very hard to make, so good comic writing I really enjoy."
Author: Colm Meaney
3. "I love '30 Rock.' It's one of my favorite shows. It's certainly the gold standard of comedy writing."
Author: Dan Harmon
4. "I really like comedy. There's always a choice, when you're writing: you can either go for the joke or you can go for the story, the important stuff."
Author: David Chase
5. "Verse comedy is interesting to me because of the challenge of writing in rhymed couplets, which is not a form that's usually amenable to English, yet to me it gives great possibility for comedy."
Author: David Ives
6. "But this month is all about CITY OF JASMINE which I hope you already have in your hot little hands. My favorite review snippet? KIRKUS REVIEWS said it's "part screwball comedy". I can't tell you how much time I spent with Carole Lombard and William Powell and Irene Dunne when I was writing it. I adore the 30s comedies for their light-hearted take on relationships and adventure—and the glamorous settings and occasional dash of intrigue only heighten the magic. (Did you know that Nicholas Brisbane from my Lady Julia series was named for THE THIN MAN's Nick Charles? And apologies to Dashiell Hammett, but I fell in love with the film long before I read the book and appreciated how much it had been lightened in the adaptation!) So when you're reading CITY OF JASMINE, give some thought to who you'd like to see playing Evie and Gabriel—I'd love to hear who you'd cast in your own production."
Author: Deanna Raybourn
7. "His (Islamic astronomer al-Farghani) legacy also endures through the Italian writer and poet Dante (1265-1321), who derived most of the astronomical knowledge he included in his DIVINE COMEDY from the writings of al-Farghani (whom he referred to by his Latin name, Alfraganus)."
Author: Jim Al Khalili
8. "I've done for the most part pretty much what I intended - I ended up doing comedy, writing and painting. I've had a ball. And as I get older, I just become an older kid."
Author: Jonathan Winters
9. "I just always wrote songs as a side hobby. So it was sort of a natural thing to write comedy songs. But when I started writing songs, I wrote very serious songs. Or things that a 13-14 year-old would think are very serious issues."
Author: Kyle Dunnigan
10. "I learned that comedy is born out of strong characters. I won't begin writing a character until I have a clear take on them."
Author: Maria Semple
11. "Anyone can write. But comedy, you've got to do some writing. You get one comedy script to every 20 dramas."
Author: Michael Caine
12. "I do not need to hear people tearing into Lisa Lampanelli for liking to have sex only with black men. I'm sad that this is her famous running gag. I'm sad that I now know this. I'm sad that a legitimate rung on the ladder of making it in comedy is writing hateful stuff about total strangers. I don't know."
Author: Mindy Kaling
13. "In high school, I went to a place called the Mountain School. It's on a farm in Vermont, and I read Emerson and Thoreau and ran around the woods. Now I go hiking with a bunch of my comedy buddies. We talk about our emotions. I also do a lot of writing on hikes, just to get the blood flowing and the ideas moving."
Author: Nick Kroll
14. "As an actor you get categorized by other people, but it's not like I arrange myself into comedy mode or serious mode. If it's good writing you just have to play it true - if it's funny, it's funny. But obviously you don't want it to be amusing if you're playing Hedda Gabler!"
Author: Sophie Thompson
15. "I think training in comedy, as it were, a history writing comedy, is a powerful tool for anyone."
Author: Steven Moffat

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