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Product Details

  • Paperback: 82 pages
  • Publisher: North Shore Publishing (July 7, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615667112
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615667119
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #703,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

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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I highly recommend this book for anyone trying to get into comedy.
Chris Monte
The book helped me to focus on what is most important in developing a standup and/or humorous speaker act/presentation.
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Only the author's mother would give this thing more than a single star, which rates it as awful.
noam d. plume

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By noam d. plume on December 4, 2012
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A how-to book that leaves out the "how."

Do not believe the 5-star reviews for this book. Only the author's mother would give this thing more than a single star, which rates it as awful.

Let me save you 8 bucks and reveal the author's priceless writing advice: "Carry a notebook. Write down all your funny ideas. Throw away your joke-writing books."

Helpful information? Not in the least.

Judy Carter's "Comedy Bible" contains helpful information, as does Greg Dean's book. But this one--if you buy it, just don't say I didn't warn you.
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Im a born again comic and when I decided to break back into the life, I need something to get the rust out of my gears. I took Daves live workshop and pruchased this book. the Book is filled with Practicle advice on learning how to create your own comedy vault /data base. it provides a basic structure on how to get your own creative juices flowing and find your own comedy voice. I know that I am a joke teller by nature as my earliest inspirations were one liner comics like Uncle Milty. Joan rivers, Phyillis Diller, Flip Wilson and the late great Rodney Dnagerfield. This book helps you to identify with your own style of humor and embrace it. its not a technical book on how to be funny as Dave states that he doesnt believe he can teach anyone how to be funny but he can teach you how to peel back the layers to discover your own style and sense of humor. a must have for anyone who is just startng out or starting out again.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Sarah McCormick on January 6, 2013
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I enjoyed the book and learned from it too. Dave Schwenson has years of experience in the comedy business. This book helps the reader benefit from his knowledge by offering what only a comedy insider can, lessons learned from a career in the often difficult craft of comedy. While it isn't a comprehensive guide the book offers practical writing advice that many will find useful. He presents the information in a conversational and easy to understand way. Whether you are interested in performing standup, in comedy writing, or in being a professional speaker that uses humor as a means to present a message this book has something for you. I recommend you check it out to hear a comedy pro answer questions from people aspiring to better themselves as writers.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Paul A. Toth on December 27, 2012
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This title lies somewhere between the pillows and the rocks other reviewers throw its way. It's less a workshop than Cliff Notes for Possible Comedians, but perhaps when combined with the other volumes, it adds up to a comprehensive intro. Nevertheless, some good, basic tips for starters. This is general rather than specific advice in that the author supplies the essential tools, then leaves the can and will do readers to their own devices. In other words, you'll have to hammer out your material, and this book shows you what to do once you get that far. Take a faint, then take heart: You can't get to the latter before you deal with the former.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Crone on November 6, 2012
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As a professional comedy ventriloquist and speaker, I read a lot of books on the art and craft of comedy. Dave captures the essence of the process in an easy to read and understand format. Great tips, especially for beginners, but also some useful nuggets for seasoned pros that make this worth the price and time invested.
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