The Complete Idiot's Guide to Comedy Writing

Author: James Mendrinos

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440696209

Category: Reference

Page: 352

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Comedy is serious business - and serious money. In this guide, comedian, writer, and teacher Jim Mendrinos explains the principles of comedy and how to apply them to forms from stand-up to sitcoms- including fiction, film, speeches, articles, essays, and more. He also includes exercises designed to hone the craft, break through writer's block, and tailor a piece to its intended audience.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes

Author: Larry Getlen

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781592575381

Category: Humor

Page: 320

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Provides over one thousand five hundred jokes from various comedians, broken down by category and covering such topics as sex, dating, vices, work, and the holidays.

Complete Idiot's Guide to Screenwriting

Author: Skip Press

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781592572250

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 390

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Provides advice for aspiring screenwriters on how to write scripts for television and motion pictures, including what topics are popular, how to rework scenes, and how to sell screenplays in Hollywood.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Ventriloquism

Author: Taylor Mason

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101197773

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 320

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The art of "bellyspeaking" isn't for dummies. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Ventriloquism teaches everyone to speak from their bellies, create and substitute sounds, use all the registers of their voice, and create diversions to attract the listener's ear - whether they invest in a fancy puppet or create their own figure out of a sweat sock. ?Includes tips for making, manipulating, and talking with their dummy and for it - both at the same time ?Advice for getting an act together and taking it on the road - getting gigs, getting paid, and how to improve performances ?How to write dialogue and jokes and rehearsal techniques

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Amateur Theatricals

Author: John Kenrick

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440650489

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 400

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The one and only book on successfully staging amateur productions. In this book, drama teachers and community directors are given everything they need to know about picking the right show; licensing, casting, and budgeting; organizing a schedule; costumes, makeup, staging, lighting, and music; tickets, fundraising, programs, cast parties, and more. Illustrated with help plans and photos from actual productions. * Perfect for nonprofit organizations' fundraising theater events and community theater groups * Complete with an extensive resource section * Illustrated with help plans and great photos from actual productions

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Great Quotes for All Occasions

Author: Elaine Bernstein Partnow

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1436255937

Category: Reference

Page: 256

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Say the right thing at the right time. This essential reference brings together well-known (and not-so-well-known!) speakers- including those from the Bible, actors, poets, humorists, scientists, and literary and political figures-whose ideas, activism, services, talent, and labor have influenced society. Perfect for speeches for every occasion, including graduations, weddings, retirement parties, anniversaries, public speaking engagements, and so on. * Presented in an intuitive, cross-referenced organization * Includes hilarious anecdotes and a short bio of each author, a brief contextual note for each quote, and an index of keywords to help you find the appropriate words for any occasion quickly

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Improving Your I.Q.

Author: Richard Pellegrino

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0786550570

Category: Games & Activities

Page: 288

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You're no idiot, of course. You've read a few books and can hold your own in a room full of university professors. But when it comes to problem-solving and understanding complex theories and facts, you feel like your brain is going to explode. Don't reach for the aspirin just yet! The Complete Idiot's Guide to Improving Your IQ unlocks the secrets of you brain and teaches you how to whip those sparking synapses into shape.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry

Author: Nikki Moustaki

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440695636

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 368

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You're no idiot, of course. You've read poetry that has touched your heart, and you'd like to improve your own writing technique. But even though you have loads of inspiration, you're discovering that good instruction can be as elusive as a good metaphor. Don't let your Muse leave you! With loads of smart advice and helpful exercises, 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to Writing Poetry' will help you compose powerful, emotion-packed poems that you can be proud of. In this 'Complete Idiot's Guide', you get: -Simple explanatgions of the building blocks of poetry; metaphor, imagery, symbolism, repitition, and more. -A step-by-step guide to the poetic process from your first inspiration to your poems' last stanza. -Easy-to-follow guidelines for writing sonnets, sestinas, narrative poems, and more!

The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Roman Empire

Author: Eric Nelson

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101199180

Category: History

Page: 408

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You're no idiot, of course. The battle scenes in Gladiator had you on the edge of your seat and wondering where you could find more information on the rise and fall of ancient Rome. But, so far, your search has left you feeling like a blundering barbarian. Pick yourself up off the Colisseum floor! Consult 'The Complete Idiot's Guide to the Roman Empire', a fun-to-read introduction to the fascinating history, people, and culture of Ancient Rome. In this Complete Idiot's Guide, you get: -The history of the Roman Empire's rise and fall. -An idiot-proof introduction to the great epic literature of the Roman Republic. -A survey of the Romans in arts and popular culture. -Fascinating details of some of history's most nefarious emperors, including Nero, Caligula, and Commodus.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Self-Publishing

Author: Jennifer Basye Sander,Mark Hansen

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440696454

Category: Language Arts & Disciplines

Page: 336

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A practical guide for a booming market. Every aspiring self-published author needs this guide, which covers everything from design to sales. It reveals all the tools they'll need, including worksheets for estimating costs, timing, and resources; up-to-date information on production and design; formats for many genres; strategies for publicity and sales; plus success stories from self- published authors. * Publishers Marketing Association estimates there are 73,000 small and self- publishers in the U.S., with 8,000-11,000 new ones each year * Of the approximately 2.8 million books in print, 78% of the titles come from small/self-publishers (PMA) * For small and self-publishers, sales increased 21% annually from 1997-2002; in 2002, these 73,000 publishers grossed $29.4 billion * 81% of the population feels they have a book inside them; 6 million have written a manuscript; and another 6 million have a manuscript making the rounds

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Classic Movies

Author: Lee Pfeiffer

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1440696861

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

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Sit back, grab some popcorn, and let the credits roll. The Complete Idiot's Guide® to Classic Movies provides comprehensive information on the best classic films from the silent era up through 1969, cross-referenced several different ways for easy access. Also contains fun, "insider" trivia and facts about the movies, the stars, and factors that influenced the movie or the audience at the time of the movie's release. * Written by a recognized name in the industry who has written books on movies and film for decades * Features only the best movies (3 and 4 stars) from the silent era up through 1969 * Offers several indexes, which are cross-referenced alphabetically by actor and director, in addition to the main text being indexed by film name and genre * Includes appendices that provide information on the top 100 films of all time, the greatest movie quotes, Academy Award winners, and Internet references for locating hard-to-find films

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calculus, 2nd Edition

Author: W. Kelley

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 143621548X

Category: Mathematics

Page: 352

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Students no longer have anything to fear: The Complete Idiot's Guide to Calculus, Second Edition is here. Like its predecessor, it was created with an audience of students working toward a non-science related degree in mind. A non-intimidating, easy-to-understand textbook companion, this new edition has more explanatory graphs and illustrations and double the number of practice problems. First edition of this book has sold more copies than any of the other 70+ books on the subjsect. Twice as many practice problems in the second edition. More college students are now required to take calculus in college than ever before. Author is an award-winning calculus teacher praised for his ability to make this topic fun and approachable. His website, calculus-help.com, reaches thousands of students every month.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Dream Jobs

Author: Brian O'Connell

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9781592573820

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 334

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An informative guide to a wide variety of rewarding careers and employment opportunities describes in detail more than 150 different careers, from mystery shopper to organic farmer and professional clown, and furnishes information on pay, perks, job requirements, training, and more. Original.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Branding Yourself

Author: Ray Paprocki,Sherry Beck Paprocki

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101032804

Category: Business & Economics

Page: 272

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A brand new look at a time-tested business practice. Using powerful techniques refined in the heat of business competition, this book guides readers in defining and building a personal brand that is distinctive, relevant, and consistent. It includes: ? An in-depth understanding of the principles of successful brand building-in any context ? Practical tools to build and manage powerful relationships ? Strategies for aligning personal brand values with an employer's brand values, and making brand-building a successful endeavor for both ? Advanced techniques to continually refine your unique personal brand

100 Tricks, um in Meetings schlau zu wirken

Das Überlebenshandbuch für den täglichen Bürowahnsinn

Author: Sarah Cooper

Publisher: Ariston

ISBN: 3641218446

Category: Psychology

Page: 184

View: 8010

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Schlau mit System Manchmal hat man das Gefühl, als hätte man von morgens bis abends nur in Meetings gesessen. Unfassbare 21 Stunden wöchentlich hängen wir durchschnittlich in Sitzungen fest. Unmöglich, dabei ständig aufmerksam zu bleiben. Gut, wenn man dann ein paar Strategien in Reserve hat, um trotzdem schlau zu wirken. Schließlich sind Meetings eine der wenigen Gelegenheiten, bei denen man sich selbst darstellen und sogar Führungsqualitäten unter Beweis stellen kann. Die 100 besten (und nicht immer ganz ernstgemeinten) Tricks, um beim Sitzungsmarathon als Erster über die Ziellinie zu kommen – ein unverzichtbarer Survivalguide!

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Understanding Judaism, 2nd Edition

Author: Rabbi Benjamin Blech

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 0786542713

Category: Religion

Page: 464

View: 1488

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One of our most popular religion and history titles - updated and reivsed. This guide contains a complete, authoritative account of the Jewish people - including profiles of Biblical and political leaders - and focuses on understanding the Jewish influence on American and world culture, offering insights into the Yiddish and Hebrew languages, theater, art, literature, comedy, film, television, and more.

The Complete Idiot's Guide to Filmmaking

Author: Joanne Parrent

Publisher: Alpha Books

ISBN: 9780028643403

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 341

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The most comprehensive introduction to film making. -- Some how-to books on filmmaking focus on making specific types of films, such as short dramatic films or documentaries. Others focus on one aspect of filmmaking, such as directing or editing. Still others focus on a particular medium, such as digital filmmaking. The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Film Making covers all of these topics -- and more! -- This book will appeal to film students, wannabe film students, and writers tired of trying to get their own work sold/distributed, and want to go it alone. The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Film Making will do for aspiring filmmakers what The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Screenwriting is doing for aspiring screenwriters. In fact, this book should have the added luxury of also appealing to aspiring screenwriters, especially those who have struggled to get their work purchased, who have considered trying to produce and direct their own screenplays. Regardless of motivation for picking up The Complete Idiot's Guide "RM" to Film Making readers will find it to be the most comprehensive book on the subject -- and on two different levels. First, it will cover every aspect of the filmmaking process, from script to pre-production, to directing, to post-production, to distribution. Secondly, it will cover virtually every form of filmmaking, including independent features, Hollywood films, television movies, documentaries, corporate and educational films, "reality films, " digital/Internet films, and music videos.