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The comedy writer
Peter Farrelly
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Faber & Faber
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The Comedy Writer is a rude, raucous, straight-talking romp through the Hollywood Dream Factory from the co-creator of the hit movies Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary.Henry Holloran is an average guy, newly dumped by his girlfriend, who decides to quit a dead-end job in Boston and head for Los Angeles. His dream: to make it as a big-time comedy writer. His base: a shabby one-room apartment, from which he sallies forth to encounter fellow Tinseltown scavengers: nymphomaniac starlets, wiseacre agents, shyster producers. Henry hopes his first script - the wish-fulfilling, autobiographical 'How I Won Her Back' - will win him fortune and glory, but it's a non-fiction piece he writes for the LA Times - an eye-witness account of a suicide - that really changes his life, encouraging a perky borderline-psychopath called Colleen Driscoll to show up on his doorstep . . .For anyone who has ever hankered after Hollywood success, considered Los Angeles to be the sinkhole of civilization, or reached adulthood with their adolescence mercifully intact, The Comedy Writer tells it like it is.

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Peter Farrelly was born in 1957 in Cumberland, Rhode Island, USA, and graduated from Providence College. In 1994 he co-wrote (with his brother Bobby) and directed the hit film comedy Dumb and Dumber. He and Bobby then co-directed Kingpin (1996) and shared both writing and directing duties on There's Something About Mary (1998), Me, Myself and Irene (2000) and Osmosis Jones (2001). Peter Farrelly has written two novels - Outside Providence, which was adapted for the cinema in 1999, and The Comedy Writer.

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Screenwriters - California - Los Angeles - Fiction.
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