A book every comedy writer should read / by Joseph Palumbo

The bottom line is that if you want to be a good writer, there's only way on to do it: write. But if you absolutely must stand on the shoulders of giants, then there are a few books that I've read and have had recommended to me. 

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.

And there is this other book that I recently heard about on J.R. Havlin's podcast. 

Lizz Free or Die: Essays
By Lizz Winstead