Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke

Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke

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It must be sweet to be an award-winning television-comedy script writer but maybe not if it's been fifteen years since your last major success and your ideas have dried up. Especially not if your agent is constantly on the phone demanding the next script whilst at the same time shattering your confidence with news of other clients' roaring successes, as well as demanding unswerving loyalty. In fact it's a fragile, nerve-racked existence and one where this writer begins to realise that only the strongest survive. By turns hilariously funny, shockingly honest in its brutal deceptions and full of raw emotion, "Set Up, Joke, Set Up, Joke" gets to the core of Hollywood society whilst holding a mirror up to all of our basest desires.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 256 pages
  • 128 x 194 x 24mm | 181.44g
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0747579695
  • 9780747579694
  • 1,615,826

About Rob Long

Rob Long is a writer and producer in Hollywood. He began his career writing on TV's long-running 'Cheers', and served as co-executive producer in its final season. He has co-written several feature film scripts, including Just a Shot Away, currently in pre-production with a France-based production company. He is a contributing editor of National Review and Newsweek International, and writes occasionally for the Wall Street Journal. His book, Conversations with My Agent, chronicled his early career in television. He serves on the Board of Directors of My Friend's Place, an agency for homeless teens in Hollywood and the American Cinema Foundation.
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'My book of the year ... There's simply no more reliable guide to contemporary Hollywood' Toby Young, Evening Standard Books of the Year 'Very, very funny ... as riveting and real as gossip. Indeed, there's a brilliant section on the nature and meaning of Hollywood gossip ... There's just enough moral weight in this hugely enjoyable book to make you wonder if it's all really worth it' Frank Cottrell Boyce, Guardian 'Smart, dark, funny, and scary! That's the way I like my women. But that description also fits this delightfully appalling look at Hollywood. Read it and be glad all this stuff isn't happening to you' Harry Shearer of This Is Spinal Tap and The Simpsons 'I love Rob Long. His characters are Hollywood players and possibly the most cynical people on earth, and he captures this cynicism with deadpan precision. But he also manages to humanise these people, to show you how miserable they are. And this makes it even funnier. If you liked Larry Sanders, you'll love this' William Leith, author of The Hungry Years
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67 ratings
3.64 out of 5 stars
5 18% (12)
4 39% (26)
3 36% (24)
2 4% (3)
1 3% (2)
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