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Comedy FAQs and Answers: How the Stand-up Biz Really Works

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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 (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #707,795 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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After reading Dave's 'How To Be A Working Comic" , I ordered this book and it was the perfect follow up. Dave's books
are full of information and easy to read. The questions and answer format works perfectly. This book had a wealth of information
and fun to read. If you're a standup comedian or someone who loves the craft , this book is for you.
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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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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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