By Mike Sacks
Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, invoice Hader, Patton Oswalt, and plenty of extra take us deep contained in the mysterious international of comedy during this attention-grabbing, laugh-out-loud-funny e-book. full of behind-the-scenes stories—from an afternoon within the writers' room at The Onion to why a comic strip does or doesn't make it onto Saturday evening Live to how the BBC approximately erased the full first season of Monty Python's Flying Circus—Poking a useless Frog is a must-read for comedy buffs, writers and dad tradition junkies alike.
"No one generates extra fascinating, revealing, or exciting interviews than Mike Sacks. Poking a useless Frog is a classic."
"This e-book is what i actually look ahead to in a booklet approximately humor: wealthy with phrases and humor, and humorous tales with phrases. thanks in your time."
"These interviews visit darkish depths and provide precious, appropriate perception into how very good comedy is written. in case you learn it, you're going to be larger at writing comedy and should even finish up able the place you could take jobs clear of the more youthful interviewees. I specify the more youthful interview topics simply because a few of the older ones will die soon."
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