Ian Bernard's new book, Writing Humor, is the result of fifty years of hanging around golf course locker rooms listening to the jocular banter of middle age, Caucasian men. Says the author, "I have to admit that sometimes the clubhouse bar contributed to my collection of ribald tales best told out of range of women and certain religious denominations albeit my theory is: It doesn't have to be filthy to be funny. But it helps."
The distillation of these years has resulted in this most serious tome of what makes things funny. History has taught us that the nation who laughs, depending on what they laugh at, is a happy nation. In our complex, troubled world, who could not argue that a healthy dose of belly laughs just might cure our woes. Ian's mission then is more than a frivolous book to make him a lot of money, but rather a small, modest attempt to help save the world.
Praise for Ian Bernard and Writing Humor
"They say that humor writing is serious business, and it is, but thank goodness for Ian Bernard! He has just written the definitive textbook on the subject that is not only highly informative, but hilarious as well."
- Fannie Flagg
author of Fried Green Tomatoes at the Whistle Stop Café and Standing in the Rainbow
"My talented friend has written a book that gives you valuable guidelines on how to write funny. Even if you don't write, the book will help you be the life of the party."
- Jonathan Winters
author of Winters' Tales
"Through careful analysis of funny writing and practical suggestions on how to apply technique, Ian Bernard actually achieves the nearly impossible: he teaches you how to mine life's situations for their humor. This book is not only instructional, it's a virtual tour of modern humor."
- Christopher Moore
author of Practical Demon Keeping and Coyote Blue
"For everyone who has ever watched a TV sitcom, a movie comedy, or read a humorous book and thought, 'I can write better than that,' Ian Bernard now hands you the tools to do so. What are you waiting for? Buy this book and start writing."
- Cheri Eichen & Bill Steinkellner
writers of Cheers (and producers), Who's the Boss?, The Jeffersons, Facts of Life