John Vorhaus teaches The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not
It’s that “how to be funny even if you’re not” part, isn’t it? Intriguing… beguiling… slightly befuddling. But let’s face it, even if you are funny (and guess what, nobody’s not) who among us couldn’t stand to be funnier still? And who among us wouldn’t be prepared to invest a day in our scriptwriting, screenwriting, novel writing or stand-up comedy career when a master of the craft comes to town?
With these and other rhetorical questions in mind, San Diego Writers Ink is proud to present an intensive writing workshop with comedy guru John Vorhaus, author of The Comic Toolbox, Creativity Rules, the Little Book of SITCOM and everything else he’s written. It’s a rare day when Vorhaus makes his way our way, so don’t miss out on this once-in-a-lifetime (or, okay, once-in-a-yeartime) opportunity.
In a presentation that has been called “the perfect blend of comic information and inspiration” you’ll learn everything you need to know about using comic tools, creating comic characters, demystifying the creative process, and being reliably funny forever without really very much sweat, either skull- or flop-.
Sample topics include:
· The comic premise (the gap between reality and comic reality)
· The comic promise (comedy is cruelty)
· The inappropriate response (really the only comic tool you need)
· The death of writer’s block (slain by information)
· And a dozen other tools (with or without parenthetical remarks)
Ready to have that rapier-like wit you always wanted to have? Ready to be funnier than ever on the page? Ready to leave self-consciousness and doubt behind? Ready to zazz up your writing life? Ready to admit that zazz is a word? Then you’re ready for (drum roll please)… The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not.
John Vorhaus is known to one and all as the man who brought Radar Hoverlander – con artist extraordinaire – to life in the “sunshine noir” mystery novel, The California Roll, and its acclaimed sequel, The Albuquerque Turkey. John is also well known as the author of The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not, and its acclaimed sequel, The Little Book of SITCOM, which continue to be definitive sources of information and inspiration for writers from Santa Monica to Scandinavia. An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, production companies and film funding bodies in 28 countries on four continents. He recently worked in Bulgaria, recruiting and training writers for that country’s adaptation of Married… with Children, and in Tel Aviv, consulting on the Israeli version of The Golden Girls. He also travels regularly to Nicaragua, where he co-created the social action drama Contracorriente to provide positive role modeling for the poor, young and disenfranchised of that embattled country.
His latest novel is Lucy in the Sky, a coming-of-age tale set in 1969 and “a real ‘60s trip for young seekers and old geezers alike.” And oh by the way, he has written more than three million words on poker, just in his spare time.
Vorhaus is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and a member of the Writers Guild of America. He has taught at such institutions as Northwestern University, the American Film Institute and the Writers Program of the UCLA Extension. He is the author of two dozen books, including Creativity Rules! A Writer’s Workbook, the novel Under the Gun, the Killer Poker series and, with Annie Duke, the bestselling Decide to Play Great Poker.