OCTOBER 22

OCTOBER 22

From Chicken Soup for the Soul Daily Inspirations for Women

October 22

When I decided to become a comedy writer, I wanted to study the profession. So I studied Bob Hope—the joke forms, wording, rhythm, arrangement of gags in a routine and so on. With this technique, Bob Hope and his writers became my mentors.

It worked. I began writing for local comics, then national comics. Then it worked even better. Bob Hope called and asked me to do some gags for him for the Academy Awards.

I wrote a few hundred gags about current movies, celebrities—anything that would apply to the Oscars. Mr. Hope did 10 of my jokes on the telecast, and I was thrilled. I’ve been writing for Bob Hope ever since.

There were two valuable lessons in this experience that all writers can learn and draw inspiration from.

One: There is effort involved in making any dream come true. Dreams are powerful, but only when they’re reinforced by research, study and effort.

Two: If you do the work, you’ll reach your goals.

Gene Perret

Dreams are powerful, but only when they are
reinforced by research, study and effort.

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