Gene Perret has been a professional comedy writer since the early 1960’s writing standup material for Slappy White and Phyllis Diller, among others. He began in television in 1968 on The Beautiful Phyllis Diller Show. He’s written for many top-rated shows, including Laugh-In and All In the Family, and collected three Emmys and a Writers Guild Award as a staff writer on The Carol Burnett Show. Gene was on Bob Hope’s writing staff for 28 years, the last twelve as Hope’s head-writer. He traveled with the Hope troupe to several of the Christmas shows from war zones. He produced Welcome Back Kotter, Three’s Company, and The Tim Conway Show.
Perret has also published over 40 books of humor or instructional volumes on comedy writing. His Comedy Writing Step-by-Step, first published in 1982, is still considered by many to be the bible for comedy writing. It’s used as a text book in many university writing classes.
Gene has also written countless humorous and instructional articles for magazines such as Reader’s Digest, McCall’s, Writers’ Digest, Toastmaster and others. His monthly humor column, “Wit Stop,” was featured in Arizona Highways from 1995 to 2003.
Gene Perret has also been a professional speaker on cruise lines and a keynote speaker for several national business conventions.
Today he lives in Southern California and teaches email classes in comedy writing. His hobbies include painting, sketching, and playing the guitar. He paints rather well, sketches adequately, but you don’t want to listen to his guitar playing. No one does.
Awards and Recognition
- 1973-74 - Emmy Award (Carol Burnett Show) 1974 - Writers Guild Award (Carol Burnett Show) 1974-75 - Emmy Award (Carol Burnett Show) 1977-78 - Emmy Award (Carol Burnett Show)