John Vorhaus is best known for his classic comedy writing textbook, The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not. Now available in five languages, this “bible of comedy writing” continues to be a definitive source of information and inspiration for television, film and fiction writers from Santa Monica to Scandinavia.
An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, production companies and film funding bodies in 37 countries on five continents. He created his own situation comedy in Romania, ran the writing staff of the Russian version of “Married… with Children”, and co-created two social action TV dramas in Nicaragua. He has been a meaningful change-agent for tens of thousands of writers all around the world.
Vorhaus’s scriptwriting credits run from situation comedy to episodic drama, and from web-based programming to theatrical-release screenplays, feature animation and documentaries, including the provocative “Misery Loves Comedy”. In his recent works, A White Belt in Art and the little book of STANDUP, Vorhaus explores his new interests in visual creativity and standup comedy. His newest book, The Book of Practice, promises to teach readers “how to do better what they want to do well.”
Vorhaus is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University, a member of the Writers Guild of America and a gold-medal athlete in the sport of ultimate frisbee.