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Funny Peeps

You can’t write funny characters unless you know funny characters. I’m talking about the funny people you encounter everywhere you go.

What’s that? You don’t think everybody in your life—every parent, lover, bartender, train conductor, and dental hygienist—is funny? Mind-bogglingly funny? Fall-on-the-floor-and-make-you-convulsively-puke-up-your-lunch funny?

You’re wrong.

Great comedy writers are like that kid in The Sixth Sense—they see funny people. They see them wherever they go and no matter what is going on. And if you don’t do the same, you better start. Or stop reading this book right now.

You may be tempted to think that Hollywood’s top comedy screenwriters create funny characters by sprinkling magical fairy dust in the air ...

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