By Sophie Kinsella
The impossible to resist heroine of Confessions of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Ties the Knot is again! And this time Becky Bloomwood and her charge cards are headed around the Atlantic.…
With her procuring excesses (somewhat) in money and her occupation as a television monetary guru thriving, Becky’s largest challenge looks tearing her entrepreneur boyfriend, Luke, clear of paintings for a romantic kingdom weekend. And worse, understanding easy methods to pack gentle. yet packing takes on a complete new which means while Luke declares he’s relocating to ny for business—and he asks Becky to compliment him! ahead of you could say “Prada pattern sale,” Becky has landed within the ny, domestic of Park road penthouses and comfort boutiques.
Surely it’s just a topic of time till she turns into an American television famous person, and she or he and Luke are the toast of Gotham society. not anything can stand of their method, in particular with Becky’s money owed miles away in London. yet then an unforeseen catastrophe threatens her occupation clients, her courting with Luke, and her to be had credits line! Shopaholic Takes Manhattan—but will she need to go back it?
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Put a slash after each punchline. Are these regular or does the comic go for a whole paragraph before the joke? Are there jokes within the jokes? Where - 36 - How_to_be_a_Comedy_Writer_Inside36 36 01/08/2005 14:24:22 STAND-UP the audience laughs make a note. Is it a gag or a piece of audience participation? Try to see exactly where the jokes come. Do you notice a rhythm? It will probably lose a lot of the magic for you, but that’s good because you are seeing the material through the comedian’s eyes.
At the same time, concepts like intolerance, avarice or ‘the culture of spin’ are too nebulous to pinpoint with ease. It’s easier to name names. If you’re writing topical material, the public figures are obvious, but what about when you are dealing with people who have stupid ringtones? Who are they? Rich people? Chavs? Kids? Or is this the latest sad addition to the repertoire of the office joker? Whenever you come up with an idea for a joke, you must first define your target. Maybe your humour is self-deprecating?
Promoters and audiences always recognise excellent material. Remember: Random gags are fine but all must be of outstanding quality. You must have a strong opener and closer. Build towards intimacy. Scatological jokes should be done after people have finished eating. Allow for peaks and troughs. The encore should be in the set. - 62 - How_to_be_a_Comedy_Writer_Inside62 62 01/08/2005 14:24:27 STAND-UP The open mike All comedy writers ought to attend an open mike night. These are evenings devoted to new talent, performed in five- or ten-minute chunks by performers new to the business.
Shopaholic Takes Manhattan (Shopaholic, Book 2) by Sophie Kinsella