I wrote the book on comedy


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I wrote the book on comedy


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Hi, I’m Scott Dikkers, the #1 New York Times bestselling author of “How To Write Funny” and over two dozen humor books.

You're in the right place if you're gung-ho to get hired on a late-night TV show, start your own comedy blog, sell a funny screenplay, or just add a few jokes to your corporate keynote speech. This is a hub for advice, instruction and inspiration for all things comedy. Because all comedy starts with writing.

I can help you build your comedy brand. I founded several multi-million-dollar comedy brands. The first was my comic strip “Jim’s Journal,” the inspiration for “Diary of a Wimpy KId.” The next was The Onion, the most popular humor publication in the world. I followed that with the AV Club, ONN, and the Weekly Radio Address podcast. I also founded the humor site Blaffo.com, wrote and directed two feature films that sold for independent distribution, and wrote or developed TV projects that sold to MTV, Comedy Central and IFC. My work has won the Thurber Prize for American Humor, a Peabody, and over 30 Webby Awards.

Why am I qualified to teach you comedy? I've taught, mentored, or discovered people who’ve achieved big success in comedy. They've gotten staffed on countless TV comedy shows and publications, written novels, built their own comedy brands, and won dozens of Emmy Awards. I created and head up the popular "Writing with The Onion" program at the Second City in Chicago. I’ve consulted for Comedy Central, NBC, LucasArts, and Pixar.

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