Gene Perret has been a comedy writer since the early 1960’s working for comedians such as Slappy White and Phyllis Diller. He’s been a television comedy writer and producer since 1968. The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show was his first television staff assignment.
Gene has also worked as a writer on:
The Jim Nabors Show Laugh-in The New Bill Cosby Show The Helen Reddy Show The Carol Burnett Show
He was a head-writer/producer on:
Welcome Back, Kotter Three’s Company The Tim Conway Show
And wrote episodes for:
All in the Family Joe and Sons What’s Happening Gimme a Break Love, American Style
Gene has also worked on Bob Hope’s writing staff since 1969 and was his head writer for fifteen years until Mr. Hope’s retirement. In this capacity Gene wrote for all of Bob’s personal appearances and TV Specials. Gene was the only writer to travel with the Bob Hope troupe to the war zones of Beirut, the Persian Gulf, Saudi Arabia, and on a peace-time military jaunt around the world that featured stops at the Berlin Wall and in Moscow.
As a television writer Perret has earned 7 Emmy nominations, including one for original music, and 2 Writer’s Guild Award nominations. He has captured 3 Emmy awards and a Writer’s Guild Award.
Gene also teaches comedy writing through various avenues. He features several how-to articles each year in the comedy newsletter ROUND TABLE that he founded. He also teaches courses in comedy writing via e-mail.
Gene Perret has written the following books:
Hit or Miss Management, Houghton Mifflin, 1980 How to Write & Sell (Your Sense of) Humor, Writer's Digest Books, 1982 [reissued as Comedy Writing Step by Step by Samuel French, 1990] How to Hold Your Audience with Humor, Writer's Digest Books, 1984 Using Humor for Effective Business Speaking, Sterling, 1989 Gene Perret's Funny Business, (with Linda Perret), Prentice Hall, 1990 Comedy Writing Workbook, Sterling, 1990 Funny Comebacks to Rude Remarks, Sterling, 1990 The Laugh-a-Minute Joke Book, Sterling, 1991 Super Funny School Jokes, Sterling, 1991 Great One-Liners, (with Terry Perret Martin) Sterling, 1992 Shift Your Writing Career into High Gear, Writer's Digest Books, 1993
(reissued as Become a Richer Writer by Jester Press, 1996)
Bigshots, Pipsqueaks, & Windbags, (with Linda Perret) Prentice Hall, 1993
Successful Stand-Up Comedy, Samuel French, 1994 Classic One-Liners, (with Terry Perret Martin) Sterling, 1994 On the 8th Day God Laughed, (with Terry Perret Martin), Hannibal Books, 1995
Hilarious One-Liners, (with Terry Perret Martin), Sterling, 1996
Roasts & Toasts, (with Terry Perret Martin), Sterling, 1997
Talk About Hope, (with Martha Bolton), Jester Press, 1998
Business Humor, Sterling, 1999
The Little Giant Encyclopedia of One-Liners (with Terry Perret Martin) Sterling, 1999
Growing Older Is So Much Fun Everybody’s Doing It, Arizona Highways Books, 2000
Someday I Want To Go To All the Places My Luggage Has Been. Arizona Highways Books, 2000
Retirement – Twice the Time, Half the Money, WitWorks, 2001
Grandchildren Are So Much Fun We Should Have Had Them First, WitWorks, 2001 Damn! That’s Funny! (Writing Humor You Can Sell), Quill Driver Press, 2005 The New Comedy Writing Step by Step, Quill Driver Press, 2007 Unleashing Your Creativity After 50, Quill Driver Press, 2008 Tales from the Script, BearManor Media, 2010
His first novel, a story about a scotch-drinking, food-scarfing, check-avoiding guardian angel who teaches his charge valuable lessons about success, is now available. It’s called Breakfasts with Archangel Shecky.
Gene’s latest book Write Your Book…NOW! was named by The Writer Magazine of one of the top 10 Terrific books of 2011. This book provides readers with a system to help them finish the book they always wanted to write.
Gene Perret wrote an award winning monthly humor column for ARIZONA HIGHWAYS for 12 years. He has also written articles for READER’S DIGEST, GOOD HOUSEKEEPING, MC CALL’S, PARENTS, TOASTMASTER, THE WRITER’S DIGEST, and others.
Gene also has appeared as a guest on many television and radio shows promoting his books and in connection with his work with Bob Hope.