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  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Heinemann Drama (July 13, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0325001790
  • ISBN-13: 978-0325001791
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,901 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Greg Dean is a former Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown, a street performer, and a regular at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. Through his popular "Stand-Up Comedy Workshop" at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Dean has worked with many of today's top comics. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.

More About the Author

Greg Dean has been teaching and writing about the fundamentals of joke writing and performing stand-up comedy for thirty plus year. When he began, Dean quickly realized there were no documented fundamentals for teaching comedy. So, for the past three decades he's made it his life's mission to identify, name, and teach the basic techniques used by all great joke writers and comedians.

These fundamental were first published in his book Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy. Now, these same joke writing and performing techniques are available as a series of exercises in his Step By Step to Stand-Up Comedy - Workbook Series.

Customer Reviews

Everything I write now is so good, I only use highlighter pens.
Timothy Simpson
It's literally the kind of book that I can open to just about any page, read for 10 minutes, and come away with renewed energy and enthusiasm.
George Pappy
I never knew how much material there was to know and how easy it is now for me to write jokes and be funnier now that I have read this book.
"meyestro"

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Anthony Greblick III on September 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
As someone who has been a lifelong stand-up comedy aficionado - either as an audience member or on-stage performer - I am very thrilled to have finally found a resource which offers a viable, understandable method for creating new stand-up material, on any premise of your choosing. As an added bonus, Greg Dean's method has also helped me to understand WHY funny material I `happened' to come up with previously IS indeed funny, making me feel more in control of the process, and providing the inspiration to create a wealth of new material I never otherwise would have. (So much so, in fact, that my index card and legal pad purchases are probably keeping Staples in business!)
Specifically, what I have found most helpful are: Greg Dean's instructions on how to perform material both from your own point of view (the `narrator POV') and from other characters' POVs, and how to keep the various POVs clear and distinct when performing; his explanation of how best to rehearse your material, so that during a show, you're not just aping material form a script memorized verbatim, but are instead recounting real, vivid experiences as though they were actually happening - much more liberating for the comic, and far more interesting and funny for the audience. The rehearsal process also allows you to modify or add to your routines as you rehearse, or even ON STAGE.
To paraphrase an old adage, Greg Dean truly does teach you HOW to fish, unlike so many other books on stand-up which just toss fish at you, or - worse still - merely describe what a fish looks like, and how to differentiate the various species of gilled ichthyic vertebrates. O Dean of Comedy, thank you!
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By RA Murphy on February 12, 2003
Format: Paperback
Greg Dean has written a great book for stand-up comics. First he shows you how to create jokes on any topic without having to wait for inspiration. Then you learn to assemble the material into a smooth, logical routine. Next he helps you rehearse and finally, he gets you up on stage to give the performance of your life - night after night!
As if that weren't enough, Greg has done two more things. First, he's defined a process for creating humor that works not just for stand-up but for all kinds of humor writing. Second, he's provided performance guides that apply equally well to speakers who "just" want to deliver a humorous presentation.
Now, if you're one of those purely intuitive, wait-for-the-thunderbolt-of-inspiration types, then maybe you won't find this book of as much value as the rest of us poor humorists do. But for anyone who's a serious student of the art and who wants to learn more about making funny, this book is a must have.
Darn Good Job, Greg Dean!
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30 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Joel L. Gandelman VINE VOICE on September 18, 2000
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It's amazing how many books there are on writing and performing comedy, and how bad many of them are. I collect books on comedy and performers and I can say that FINALLY there is a book on comedy writing and performing that can TRULY make a difference. Greg Dean's system clears away a lot of the mystery and, step by step, can help you WRITE funnier, VIEW things funnier, and BE funnier. He clearly has spent years of time and thought on his system...and it W O R K S. How do I know? I'm a performer (ventriloquist -- I work with a dummy but he is not running for president...Greg is NOT responsible for that joke, folks..). His system has already helped me in countless ways. In fact, I will say it changed my whole way of looking at, writing, and performing humor. This book is not only one that I like for myself, but one that I'll be ordering for other people who are interested in comedy as GIFTS. This is NOT your usual how-to comedy book that you read and stick on a shelf. You'll use it -- and be influenced by it.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Shayne M. Whitehead on September 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
"I guess if you wanted diagram jokes like an english teacher this is a good book to learn from but, don't expect to get any laughs..." says an earlier reviewer. This book is to help joke writers write better jokes. If you're looking for laughs pick up Calivin and Hobbes. Every negative review that says that this book is it's too technical. Well that's why this book is excellent. It boils jokes down to a formula that will allow astute writers to write better jokes. Yes, you will have to wade through some linguistics to understand exactly what Dean is trying to say. I had to read it twice myself. But once I understood it was well worth the extra time.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Someone else on September 8, 2000
Format: Paperback
Whoever Greg Dean is he's to be commended for an excellent and incisive tour through the joke-writing (and performing) process. This thing is a real soup to nuts guide, takes you from the beginning of how to formulate your funny ideas and then coaches you every step of the way along in order to realize them, rehearse them and perform them. They say there's a glut of stand up comedians out there. What there really is is a glut of BAD ONES. But people who are trying to be funny should get ahold of this no-nonsense guide to making plenty of nonsense. If you've got good ideas, this ought to help you develop them. Then you can be one of the GOOD ONES.... and god knows we need as many of those as we can get!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Scotty Meltzer on January 4, 2001
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I loved Greg Dean's book. I've read other comedy books that talk about what it's like to write jokes but this is the only book I know of that actually walks you through the steps of writing jokes. It helped me write new jokes and gags for my act and it helped me polish the stuff I already was doing to make it better. The exercises make you actively do the work as opposed to just reading about it. I loved it.
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