John Vorhaus is probably best known for his classic comedy writing textbook, The Comic Toolbox: How to be Funny Even if You’re Not. Now in its fifth printing and available in Spanish, Italian and German, this “bible of comedy writing” continues to be a definitive source of information and inspiration for television, film and fiction writers worldwide.
An international consultant in television and film script development, Vorhaus has worked for television networks, film schools, production companies and film funding bodies in 29 countries on five continents. He created his own sitcom in Romania, ran the the writing staff of the Russian version of Married… with Children, and co-created the social action drama Sexto Sentido in Nicaragua.
As a novelist of some note, Vorhaus has seven titles to his credit, including his series of “sunshine noir” mystery novels recounting the exploits of the world-class con artist Radar Hoverlander. Titles in the series include The California Roll, The Albuquerque Turkey and The Texas Twist. Titles not yet written, but lovingly contemplated include The Seattle Straddle, The Bermuda Onion and The New York Strip. Readers of “hippie lit” will also enjoy his coming-of-age-in-the-sixties tale, Lucy in the Sky.
Vorhaus is a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and a member of the Writers Guild of America. He has consulted to Walt Disney Feature Animation and taught at such institutions as Northwestern University, the American Film Institute, The New York Film Academy and the Writers Program of the UCLA Extension. He is also the author of the Killer Poker instructional series, the writing workbook Creativity Rules! and the other writing workbook, How to Write Good. He tweets for no apparent reason @TrueFactBarFact and secretly controls the world from www.johnvorhaus.com.