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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Back Stage Books; 1st edition (May 29, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823084671
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823084678
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #521,575 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Paul Ryan has been Hollywood’s top comedy acting coach for more than twenty years; his studio is at CBS Television. A correspondent at KTLA Morning News In Los Angeles, he has created, produced, and hosted more than 700 in-depth TV talk shows with such stars as Robin Williams, Jay Leno, Gene Hackman, and Sophia Loren. He recently finished a TV comedy, Hollywood Alive, featuring his CBS students. He lives in Los Angeles.

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12 of 16 people found the following review helpful By J. Sullivan on April 10, 2009
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If you are a stand-up wanting to get a book to help you in the craft - this is not the book for you!

You would be much better off buying Ajaye's "Comic Insights" or Carter's "Comedy Bible" and watching a lot of comedy.

This book is more for comic theatre actors, and then it is not much chop. The end.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By TMart on October 16, 2007
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As an acting teacher, I have suugested my students struggling with understanding comedy, buy this book. It's current, easy, fun, funny and will give you a step by step guide on how to be funny, how to understand funny and how to recognize funny. The exercises are very helpful. A must read if you have any interest in getting into comedy as a performer.
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By Karina erica Wæhling on November 23, 2012
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It was on time, an it was as we agreed :) only + + + + + + from here
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By Betty Tucker on February 19, 2011
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"The Art of Comedy" has to be one of the most outstanding books on this subject.The detailed info and lessons are totally amazing. It covers everything you need to know about bringing out the best in an individual.Thank you Paul Ryan.
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7 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Adzich on November 28, 2007
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Paul Ryan has the ability like no one else to bring out the humor and fun in anyone. His exercises and advice can help the most serious and intense lighten up and have a good time. Whether your an actor looking to improve your comedic talents or a business person wanting to inject humor in your presentations, this is the perfect book. Great gift for the holidays.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vivian Eisenstadt on November 28, 2007
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As a creative person, I am always looking for ways to improve my quality of life and add enjoyment for me and my clients. The Art of Comedy really gets down to practical ways of lightening up your day from basic daily activities to practical hands on comedy exercises. A++!
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loren Ek on October 8, 2007
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This is one of the finest books I've read for anyone aspiring to
comedy acting in movies and on TV and the live stage. It's packed
with insider tips and practical wisdom harvested by comedy-meister
Paul Ryan during his impressive career as Hollywood's "comedy coach.".
To thoroughly grasp these great techniques and make them
your own, it would be best to practice them in a workshop situation.
(Having observed these techniques in action with Paul's exercises
at a SAG Conservatory workshop, I know that they work!)
"The Art of Comedy" could also be well-used as a solid resource for
classes offered by community theaters and for college acting courses.
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