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Cheeky Monkey, The  

Writing Narrative Comedy

Cheeky Monkey, The $31.81 ex GST
$34.99 inc GST
From one of Australia's most successful comedians comes The Cheeky Monkey, a practitioner's guide to the art of comedy writing. Both insightful and practical, The Cheeky Monkey explains the principles of sitcom writing and guides the reader in how to apply them. Seeded with exercises to aid the developing comedy writer, this book will help you to:
  • Write jokes
  • Create funny stories
  • Build comic characters
  • Develop a sitcom
  • Sell your sitcom to producers and TV networks
Many of Tim's techniques can also be applied to film, stage, stand-up or indeed any form of comedy. You'll make 'em laugh before you know it.

  • Watch Tim talk about the controversy his book caused
  • Listen to Tim defend himself from the castigation of his peers
  • Visit Tim's website, and immerse yourself in the world of the Cheeky Monkey.
  • Read about Tim's first comedy experience

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Currency Press | 978-0-86819-861-3 | Sales rights: Australia/NZ | PB


Tim Ferguson has had over 25 years experience in writing TV comedy and sitcoms. As a member of the Doug Anthony Allstars (DAAS) he toured internationally for over a decade—the group was the biggest-selling act at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for nine years running. He co-produced, wrote and directed the comedy/drama series Shock Jock and was host and writer of the Logie Award-winning Don’t Forget Your Toothbrush. He has appeared on numerous TV programs including: ABC TV’s The Glasshouse and The Einstein Factor and in 2003 was the host of Big Brother Insider. Tim is the author of the bestselling political satire, Left, Right & Centre and has been a contributor of opinion pieces and features for The Age and Sydney Morning Herald.

Tim currently lectures in Narrative Comedy and Screenwriting at RMIT School of Media & Communication and hosts forums and workshops on comedy writing nationally.