On Thursday, July 26, Book Soup on Sunset Blvd. in West Hollywood will be offering a Q&A and signing with one of the television’s leading comedy writers, David Misch, Author of FUNNY: The Book. When you think of comedy writers, your mind can’t help but recall images of the Buddy Sorrell, Sally Rogers and Robert Petrie on “The Dick Van Dyke Show.” The truth may be stranger than the fiction.
David Misch is an establisher comedy writer for shows from “Mork & Mindy” to “Saturday Night Live” (SNL), “Duckman,” as well as “The Muppets Take Manhattan” and the pilot for David Letterman’s first talk show. Misch has written, created, and produced programs for NBC, CBS, ABC, HBO, and a host of other channels.
Recognizing humor is easy, but explaining it without loosing the comedy, takes talent. Many of the author’s colleagues from such noted shows as “The Simpsons,” “Newhart,” “Friends,” “MASH,” “Fraiser,” and “The West Wing” (attached) or Carl Reiner and Jason Alexander (below) have offered their opinions with regard to David Misch’s new book and the unique spotlight it puts on the topic by looking back at what made and makes America laugh at others and themselves.
“I love that David Misch wrote the perfect bedside book. You can refer to it any time you want to smile before going to sleep,” said Carl Reiner. “It takes a serious mind to analyze comedy. It takes a funny mind to appreciate it. David Misch is of two minds,” said Jason Alexander.
Mr. Misch and “FUNNY: The Book” have been selected to participate in the upcoming Jewish Book Club (JBC) season as well as being scheduled for the NY Book Expo in June. In addition, Pasadena’s Arts Center College of Design has announced that they will be using FUNNY: The Book by David Misch for their advance screenwriting course and USC has listed the book as suggested reading for their comedy course this fall. In addition, the Radio-TV-Film Dept at Cal State Fullerton, is suggesting the book for their “Film Genres” class.
“This is a history and analysis of comedy that is mercifully brief, but also blessedly filled with insight that takes in the wide swath of humor from the earliest days of civilization to the present. He doesn’t miss much and, along the way, he provides a lot of laughs,” said Alan Caruba/Bookviews/Pick of the Month.
“FUNNY: The Book,” is currently scheduled for release through Applause Cinema and Theatre Books (an imprint of Hal Leonard Corp).
Photographs are Courtesy: David Misch
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