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ISBN-13: 978-1581154115 ISBN-10: 1581154119
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About the Author

Dave Schwensen has been talent coordinator for A&E's An Evening at the Improv, and a comedy consultant for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and Comedy Central. Schwensen has a syndicated newspaper column, "Something to Laugh About," and is the author of Watson—Guptill's How to Be a Working Comic (0—8230—8814—6). He lives in Cleveland.
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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Allworth Press (April 1, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1581154119
  • ISBN-13: 978-1581154115
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,171,412 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Dave Schwensen is an entertainment journalist, award-winning humor columnist, pop culture historian and nationally recognized comedy coach. His insider's knowledge of the comedy industry was earned as talent coordinator for the television show "A&E's An Evening at the Improv," The Improv Comedy Clubs in Los Angeles and New York City, and consultant for many television programs, networks and film studios. As a talent agent he has worked with comedians and humorous speakers in the corporate, college, special event and theater markets.

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Dave witnessed the excitement of Beatlemania when his parents took him to see The Fab Four during their final tour. The memories inspired his best-selling book "The Beatles In Cleveland" and latest, "The Beatles At Shea Stadium." Dave is a featured author at numerous Beatles festivals and shares insights about the group and the concert experience at schools and special events.

Dave is the author of two blogs that cover both topics.

For insider information about the comedy industry visit www.TheComedyBook.wordpress.com

For a combination of humor and classic rock, check out Dave's "Dream Songs" countdown at www.TheClassicRocker.com

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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By D.B. on January 18, 2006
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I've been doing comedy for a couple years and this book has the how-to answers for everything I want to achieve in my career. Wish I had a copy of this when I first started because of the writing and open mike advice. The list of comics who answer the questions is unbelievable - including writing advice from George Carlin. I want to be on "Letterman" someday and the talent booker for the show is in the book telling how! It's a great "map" into the world of comedy.
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I do stand-up comedy as a hobby for the most part, have done so for close to two years now and have read a lot of books about humor and comedy and really like this one. I'm finding that the best books about how to do comedy, don't come from those who just perform comedy, but those who also teach comedy workshops and have a teaching or mentoring spirit to them. Stand-up comedy is deeply infested with a heavy dose of ego and is brutally competitive, but those who teach seem to have a different and lighter and more positive approach to comedy. This guy has done comedy, has taught comedy and conducts a comedy workshop as well as having a page on facebook. Most stand-up comics treat comedy as a zero sum game and are seem threatened by other learning the craft of comedy and don't want to share secrets and even actively sabotage the development of others. Then there are those who want to spread the joy and healing aspects of humor, these are never club owners or managers, but are those who teach, guys such as this author, Greg Dean and Steve Kaplan. Just my two cents folks.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 2, 2006
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Another insider industry reference from Dave Schwensen, Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-up Biz Really Works covers all the basics of professional comedy, from selecting or writing the right material to running your own open comedy mike, booking gigs, handling heckling crowds, and getting a manager. The aspiring pro has everything in hand to handle club owners, publicists, and more in a guide where the major industry players - George Carlin, Jeff Foxworthy, and more - share their experiences and lessons. A 'must': one of the best industry insider guides on the market.
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By Kawika on October 9, 2010
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Lots of great stuff here, and one of the more recent good books on the industry. Highlights include Schwensen's professional advice to comics interested in the profession. Chances are there are questions in here that you haven't even thought of. Lots of good advice from Schwensen and the best in the biz -- even George Carlin! Can't go wrong with this one, though 20 bucks is a bit steep for a 200-page book. I recommend it though, and I would definitely choose this Schwensen book before his older "how to" book from the 90s. Plus, my first comedy coach ever, Kurtis Matthews gives this book a thumbs up to this in the inner front cover (and he's real cool).
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