the book jacket cover)
success of Steve Allen's How to Be Funny led first to the republication of that book and
has now occasioned a companion volume, Make 'em Laugh. This new how-to book about
the art of comedy includes an even richer assortment of examples of the author's unique
Allen laces his formal instruction with hilarious adlibs, written
jokes, TV comedy sketches, satires, song parodies, humorous essays, amusing
autobiographical reminiscences, one-act plays, witty speeches, and stand-up monologues
from his comedy concerts.
Allen is probably the most borrowed-from comedian of all
time. The perceptive reader will recognize in this book many oft he comic ideas that
he originated during the golden age of television comedy, ideas that are still influential
in the 1990's.
If there were a college course in creating and performing
comedy, Make 'em Laugh would be the ideal textbook.