Poking a Dead Frog

Poking a Dead Frog : Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers

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Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and many more take us deep inside the mysterious world of comedy in this fascinating, laugh-out-loud-funny book. Packed with behind-the-scenes stories from a day in the writers room at The Onion to why a sketch does or doesn t make it onto Saturday Night Live to how the BBC nearly erased the entire first season of Monty Python s Flying Circus Poking a Dead Frog is a must-read for comedy buffs, writers and pop culture junkies alike."
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Product details

  • Paperback | 453 pages
  • 138 x 212 x 34mm | 419.99g
  • Penguin Books
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0143123785
  • 9780143123781
  • 94,155

About Mike Sacks

Mike Sacks is the author of three previous books including And Here s the Kicker: Conversations with 21 Top Humor Writers on Their Craft. Currently on the editorial staff of Vanity Fair, he has also written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Esquire, GQ, McSweeney s, Vice, and Salon."
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"No one generates more interesting, revealing, entertaining interviews than Mike Sacks. His love and knowledge of comedy are apparent, and, as a result, the fascinating and sometimes tight-lipped comedy greats open up to him in ways they rarely do. "Poking a Dead Frog" goes right onto my classics shelf."
--Bob Odenkirk, co-creator of "Mr. Show "and former writer, "Saturday Night Live"

"I wish I'd had a book like this when I was trying to break in. Also, a book on personal hygiene."
--Jack Handey, author of "Deep Thoughts" and "The Stench of Honolulu"

"There are few better interviewers than Mike Sacks. "Poking a Dead Frog" is a must-read for any comedy nerd or fan of pop culture history."
--Dana Brown, "Vanity Fair"
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