Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.
This book is the single most useful book I have ever read on the art of writing a joke.
It's principles are easy to understand and to follow -- and even to teach.
It comes with a PDF workbook so you can literally write jokes.
The narrator is completely transparent about the messy process of writing -- so there is lots of really weak material here. The author then shows why the material is weak, and how to strengthen it.
I have met professional comics -- top people in their field -- who cannot explain their process as well as Greg does in this book. They have no clue. They are very funny people, but they have no clue why they are funny.
Greg Dean knows, though.
I used this book to write a short routine for a formal address I was giving (10 minutes) which went down incredibly well.
I cannot praise this book enough.
If you want to learn how to reliably write jokes, follow this formula. You will definitely get better at writing jokes.
Maron has been on the cutting of the stand-up comedy world for over 25 years now, and is finally calming down just enough to make friends faster than he creates enemies. Despite the title of this recording, he is now, at last, finally selling out shows, without I should add, selling out his audience. Marc has a mind that makes improbable leaps and can run with an idea into dark corners not usually associated with comedy. If you like performers who rattle off jokes one after the other, play-act different characters, or get really funny only after you've had 5 or 6 beers, Maron may confuse and dismay you. If you like your comedy smart, honest, inventive, daring, manic, and yes, sometimes angry, you ought to check out Marc Maron.