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Funny on Purpose

Funny on Purpose

The Definitive Guide to an Unpredictable Career in Comedy Standup + Improv + Sketch + TV + Writing + Directing + YouTube

By Joe Randazzo, Foreword by John Hodgman


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It takes guts to be a comedian, and it takes smarts to make a living off it. In this insider's guide, former Onion editor Joe Randazzo delivers a funny and insightful blueprint for those looking to turn their sense of humor into a vocation. Explaining how it works and how to break in, Joe provides tips and guidance, outlines successful career paths, and solicits advice and stories from the likes of Judd Apatow, Jack Handey, Joan Rivers, Tim & Eric, and more. From writing for TV to doing standup or developing a successful YouTube channel, Funny on Purpose gives readers the knowledge and inspiration to launch a career in comedy with confidence.

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Size: 6 x 8 in;
Pages: 336 pp;
Format: Paperback
Publication: June 2015
ISBN: 9781452128399
Joe Randazzo is the former editor of The Onion and former creative director of He lives in Connecticut.

John Hodgman is an author, performer, and raconteur. He has written three books and is a regular contributor to This American Life and The Daily Show. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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