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Stand-Up Comedy: The Book Paperback – August 5, 1989
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Judy's been featured on over 100 TV shows, nominated for Atlantic City's Entertainer of the Year, and has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, The Oprah Winfrey Show and on CNN.
When she's not speaking, snowboarding, or scuba diving, Judy coaches people how to improve their presentational skills by finding their authentic message and making it funny. Her private clients include TV stars, pro wrestlers, celebs and even a United States senator.
As an author, Judy doesn't like to brag, but she did write the Bible. No joke, she's the author of The Comedy Bible (Simon & Schuster) as well as, Standup Comedy: The Book (Dell Books) which was featured on Good Morning America, CNN and The Oprah Winfrey Show, where Oprah recommended the book to anyone who wants to lighten up.
Judy's new book, The Message of You: Turn Your Life Story into a Money-Making Speaking Career (St. Martin's Press, Feb 2013), teaches readers how to use life stories to inspire others and launch a speaking career.
Her animals and partner reside in Venice Beach, California, where they provide periodic accommodations to her.
Top Customer Reviews
Carter shies away from telling you too much on how to do topical material, instead coaching the novice comic to focus on the one thing you know more about than anyone else--your own fool self. By simply starting with having you talk about what's on your mind, she presents you with an inexhaustable source of content. This is mother's milk comedy, of course, but if you want something punchy like Foxworthy's "Redneck" routine or Margaret Cho's ethnic commentary, that will come with experience.
The stand-up comedy Carter coaches you on in this book has little to do with the joke-telling of Jack Benny or Henny Youngman. Instead, you're presented with what seems a modern form of Native American storytelling, with the focus on the self. This will not appeal to all up-and-coming comics, and some might find this book rather trying. Starting out, however, most new comics will find good grounding in the stylistic tactics of this book.
She is not saying your life has to be messed up to have a source of comedy from your experiences. She is saying it is not a negative--exploit it. She shows how humility and self deprecation can work with out bringing you down. The book is impressively easy to read, but the exercises are not easy. You will need to set aside a lot of time for the projects and exercises to make the book work for you. It must be a good cheap initial substitute for going to her school.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great book! A little outdated since it was written in 1989, but some of the advice in the book is still right on!Published 7 days ago by rbng
Bought it upon my improv teacher's recommendation. I read the book over to cover and has some interesting points. List making is big in this book. Read morePublished 2 months ago by elaine
Great book very enjoyable to read! Easy to understand and give you great examples on how a joke is structured. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Domo Jones
I purchased this book as required reading for a standup comedy class. I found it to be an excellent instruction manual for writing a comedy set. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Roger Diez
If your not tall enough to be a comedian , you could always stand up on the book.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am still reading the book, but so far it has been great. I like her writing style and feel inspired to go out and try the techniques she describes.Published 6 months ago by Nicole
This book tells all the secrets to being funny. It also explains the business side of being a comedian.Published 7 months ago by Gary Clemons