Gag Writer

Gag Writer

A comedy writer, especially for television. A gag writer may be hired to compose a humorous commercial intended to increase sales of a product.
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They are, bizarrely, currently hunting for an official Punland "gag writer".
Wouk began his professional career as a gag writer in the 1930s before moving to the staff of the popular radio comedian Fred Allen.
Starting as a gag writer for Ken Dodd, Eddie was hired in 1969 to write for Morecambe and Wise by then head of BBC light entertainment Bill Cotton.
Hailing from Dorridge, near Solihull, Gary's established himself as an in-demand gag writer for telly and radio.
Beginning as a gag writer for the famous radio comedian Fred Allen, Wouk was later able to call on Allen's prominence to release him from the draft and allow him to enter the Navy, an assignment he much preferred.
The 80-year-old, whose mother once taught Dylan Thomas in Sunday school class at the Walter Road Congregational Church in Swansea, was also a seasoned gag writer for the likes of Tommy Cooper, The Two Ronnies and Ken Dodd, as well as penning nearly two dozen novels such as A Bit of A Do, which was made into a hit ITV series starring David Jason in the late '80s.
As a gag writer, he is also wary about people nowadays being more sensitive about issues.
If you say your name and a rude heckler asks: "Why don't you change it," you can skewer them by saying: "Are you proposing?" Dr Ray Lowry is a recently retired dentist, doctor, academic and former gag writer for the Two Ronnies who now earns a crust as a stand-up comedian, after-dinner speaker and coaching presentation skills.
Despite the exuberant absurdity of making a snarky teddy bear a major character in Alice in Slasherland (achieved with animatronics) and of Soul Samurai's bloodthirsty title character greeting the audience with a casual "Moshi moshi, muthafuckahs," Nguyen is no gag writer. "I don't set out to write comedies," he says, explaining that his initial goal is "usually to make the audience cheer." Taking his cue from action/adventure genres.
Capra would go on to become a gag writer first for Hal Roach and then Mack Sennet but he always kept his eye on his dream of returning to directing.
His family moved to California, where a chance encounter between his father, a Latvian-born barber, and Danny Thomas led to his first efforts as a gag writer.
Watching (ITV, 1988 -1993) GAG writer the late Jim Hitchmough thought he had the perfect sketch for the TV satire programme Not The Nine O''Clock News, starring Mel Smith and Rowan Atkinson.