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Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your Attention

Until you’ve consumed all of the best Sitcom Writing books, can you even claim to be a true fan?

The Eight Characters of Comedy: Guide to Sitcom Acting And Writing (2014)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionThe Eight Characters of Comedy is the “How-To” guide for actors and writers who want to break into the world of sitcoms. It has become a staple in acting classes, writers’ rooms, casting offices and production sets around the world.
Author(s): Scott Sedita

The Little Book of SITCOM (2012)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionWriting situation comedies isn’t really that hard. So much of what you need to know is already defined for you. You know that your script needs to be a certain short length, with a certain small number of characters. You know that your choice of scenes is limited to your show’s standing sets and maybe one or two swing sets or outside locations.
Author(s): John Vorhaus

Elephant Bucks: An Inside Guide to Writing for TV Sitcoms (2007)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionPublisher Marketing: A comprehensive guide to writing a highly commerical and saleable spec sitcom script and launching your career as a TV sitcom writer. Includes detailed inside information on how to choose the right series to spec, how to pick the right story, and detailed, step by step instruction on how to write the scripts that will get you work.
Author(s): Sheldon Bull

Writing the Pilot (2011)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionTelevision networks are so desperate for new voices and fresh ideas that for the first time in history they’re buying spec pilot scripts and turning them into series. Today’s aspiring writer can be tomorrow’s showrunner. But it’s not easy. Conceiving and writing a pilot that can launch a series is a complex assignment even for a seasoned pro. This book will take you through the entire process, from your initial idea through the finished script.
Author(s): William Rabkin

The TV Writer’s Workbook: A Creative Approach To Television Scripts (2007)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionWhy is TV writing different from any other kind of writing? How will writing a spec script open doors? What do I have to do to get a job writing for TV? Writing for television is a business. And, like any business, there are proven strategies for success.
Author(s): Ellen Sandler

The Serious Guide to Joke Writing: How To Say Something Funny About Anything (2010)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionHow To Write Jokes for Fun & ProfitThis comprehensive joke writing masterclass has been devised for beginners and experienced joke writers alike. The techniques you will learn can be used again and again to write funny and original material for: Stand-u #199,547 in Books (See Top 100 in Books) #256 in Comedy (Books) #56 in Screenplays #206 in Jokes & Riddles (Books) Would you like to ?If you are a seller for this product, would you like to ?
Author(s): Sally Holloway

The NEW Sitcom Career Book (2013)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionFrom two veteran television directors, this is a comprehensive guide to the most popular form of comedy in the world; the television sitcom. Revealed are the rules, the language and the traditions of this popular art form along with a colorful, first person-account of what it feels like to be on the set. Includes insider information that guides many of the key players- actors, directors, writers, casting directors, costume designers, camera operators and editors.
Author(s): Mary Lou Belli, Phil Ramuno, et al.

The Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny (2013)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionWhile other books give you tips on how to “write funny,” this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful, commercial scripts. The Hidden Tools of Comedy unlocks the unique secrets and techniques of writing comedy.
Author(s): Steve Kaplan

Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer’s Guide to Seeing Stars (2018)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionSeinfeld writer Andy Cowan’s 2018 comedy memoir, Banging My Head Against the Wall: A Comedy Writer’s Guide to Seeing Stars, foreword by Jay Leno, was recently acquired by The National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York, a 2019 USA Today Best New Attraction.“The Opposite” wasn’t just the classic Seinfeld episode in which George Costanza followed the opposite of his instincts to land success.
Author(s): Andy Cowan, Jay Leno

Write to TV (2014)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionLearn to craft smart, original stories and scripts for a variety of television formats and genres, including comedy, drama, pilots, animation, made-for-TV movies, late night, and reality television. Hear directly from studio and network executives, agents, and managers on what they’re looking for in new writers and how to avoid common pitfalls.
Author(s): Martie Cook

Hot Pants in Hollywood: Sex, Secrets & Sitcoms (2017)

 Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your AttentionHot Pants In Hollywood is a Show Biz memoir, and much more.  It's a Baby Boomer's lifeon steroids.
Author(s): Susan Silver

Best Sitcom Writing Books Worth Your Attention

We highly recommend you to buy all paper or e-books in a legal way, for example, on Amazon. But sometimes it might be a need to dig deeper beyond the shiny book cover. Before making a purchase, you can visit resources like Library Genesis and download some sitcom writing books mentioned below at your own risk. Once again, we do not host any illegal or copyrighted files, but simply give our visitors a choice and hope they will make a wise decision.

The Eight Characters of Comedy: A Guide to Sitcom Acting and Writing

Author(s): Scott Sedita
ID: 2550695, Publisher: SCB Distributors, Year: 2014, Size: 876 Kb, Format: epub

Writing Television Sitcoms (revised)

Author(s): Smith, Evan S.
ID: 3019064, Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group, Year: 2009, Size: 764 Kb, Format: azw3

Television Writing: The Ground Rules of Series, Serials and Sitcoms

Author(s): Linda Aronson
ID: 513505, Publisher: , Year: 2004, Size: 2 Mb, Format: pdf

Please note that this booklist is not errorless. Some books are really record-breakers according to The Wall Street Journal, others are written by unknown authors. On top of that, you can always find additional tutorials and courses on Coursera, Udemy or edX, for example. Are there any other relevant resources you could recommend? Drop a comment if you have any feedback on the list.

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