TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – April 24, 2017

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

Richard Kimble Was Guilty

Kelly Jo Brick: The Write Path With SCANDAL’s Raamla Mohamed – Part Two

LB: Where Did THE FALL GUY Live?

‘Trial And Error’ is Trying My Patience

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

Online TV and Film Writing Workshop

The Teleplay

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

@TVWriterCom Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – April 17, 2017

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

‘Trial And Error’ is Trying My Patience

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

LB: 3 Shows I Just Can’t Watch Anymore

Richard Kimble Was Guilty

Larry Brody’s Poetry: ‘Kid Hollywood Had A Mighty Fine Deal’

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Leavebehind

Spider-Man Unlimited

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

Hollywood Insider Curtis J. Gwinn Shares His Showbiz Insight

“Blessed to live in this town of realness and natural beauty.” CJW

NOTE FROM LB: TVWriter™ and I want to thank Curtis for his, um, bounty. We’ve heard rumors that there is an opening in CJW’s groupies posse. Prepare yourself by learning more about Curtis and his supercoolness HERE.

@TVWriterCom Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – April 10, 2017

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

‘Trial And Error’ is Trying My Patience

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

John Ostrander on ‘Twin Peaks’: Fool Me Once

LB: 3 Shows I Just Can’t Watch Anymore

Larry Brody’s Poetry: ‘Kid Hollywood Had A Mighty Fine Deal’

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

The Outline/Story

The Leavebehind

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

WGAW April 2017 Calendar

What’s happening in the Writers Guild of America West this month:

Click HERE for the, you know, clickable version!

TVWriter™ Don’t-Miss Posts of the Week – March 27, 2017

Time for TVWriter™’s  Monday look at our 5 most popular blog posts of the week ending yesterday. They are, in order:

Looking for TV Pilot Scripts?

8 Tips for Writing for Children’s TV Shows

More Aliens than Asians on Screen: White-Washing Ghost in the Shell

LB: 3 Shows I Just Can’t Watch Anymore

Ethics in TV Storytelling from ClexaCon

And our 5 most visited permanent resource pages are, also in order:

Writing the Dreaded Outline

The Logline

SPIDER-MAN UNLIMITED SECOND SEASON ARC

THE PEOPLE’S PILOT

The Outline/Story

Major thanks to everyone for making this another great week at TVWriter™. Don’t forget to click above and read what you missed and re-read what you loved!

The 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy

Our hats are off to the good folks at Vulture for putting together this most informative  – and funny as hell – look into the humor of today!

pic by Giacomo Gambineri

by Jesse David Fox

The oldest joke on record, a Sumerian proverb, was first told all the way back in 1900 B.C. Yes, it was a fart joke: “Something which has never occurred since time immemorial; a young woman did not fart in her husband’s lap.” Don’t feel bad if you don’t get it — something was definitely lost in time and translation (you have to imagine it was the Mesopotamian equivalent of “Women be shopping”), but not before the joke helped pave the way for almost 4,000 years of toilet humor. It’s just a shame we’ll never know the name of the Sumerian genius to whom we owe Blazing Saddles. But with the rise of comedy as a commercial art form in the 20th century, and with advances in modern bookkeeping, it’s now much easier to assign credit for innovations in joke-telling, which is exactly what Vulture set out to do with this list of the 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy.

A few notes on our methodology: We’ve defined “joke” pretty broadly here. Yes, a joke can be a one-liner built from a setup and a punch line, but it can also be an act of physical comedy. Pretending to stick a needle in your eye, or pooping in the street while wearing a wedding dress: both jokes. A joke, as defined by this list, is a discrete moment of comedy, whether from stand-up, a sketch, an album, a movie, or a TV show.

For clarity’s sake, we’ve established certain ground rules for inclusion. First, we decided early on that these jokes needed to be performed and recorded at some point. Second, with apologies to Monty Python, whose influence on contemporary comedy is tremendous and undeniable, we focused only on American humor. Third, we only included one joke per comedian. And fourth, the list doesn’t include comedy that we ultimately felt was bad, harmful, or retrograde.

The list was put together by Vulture senior editor Jesse David Fox; New York senior editor Christopher Bonanos; comedians Wayne Federman, Phoebe Robinson, Halle Kiefer, and Rebecca O’Neal; comedy historians Yael Kohen (author of We Killed) and Kliph Nesteroff (author of The Comedians); and journalists Elise Czajkowski, Matthew Love, Katla McGlynn, Ramsey Ess, Dan Reilly, Jenny Jaffe, Lucas Kavner, and The Guardian’s Dave Schilling. (Fox, Bonanos, Keifer, O’Neal, Czajkowski, Love, McGlynn, Ess, Reilly, Jaffe, Kavner, and Schilling wrote the blurbs.)

Without further ado, here are the 100 Jokes That Shaped Modern Comedy. They are listed below in chronological order, complete with video or audio. Use the timeline slider to jump to different eras or specific comedians….

Read it all at Vulture