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Comic Insights: The Art of Stand-Up Comedy Paperback – September 1, 2001
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About the Author
Franklyn Ajaye is an Emmy-nominated writer-producer-actor. Among his many television writing and producing credits are The Parent Hood, In Living Color, Roc, NYPD Blue and Politically Incorrect. Among his acting credits are The Burbs, Hollywood Shuffle and Stir Crazy. He has also appeared on The Tonight Show, The David Letterman Show and The Arsenio Hall Show. A noted stand-up comedian, Ajaye has worked from small clubs to Las Vegas hotels. He also has two comedy recordings on A&M Records. He lectures on stand-up comedy and sitcom writing at UCLA and other venues.
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Aside from the fact Mr. Ajaye is a national cultural treasure personified, the variety of artists he elicits insights from gives a topology of the comedy field I have yet to find in the dozens of books and hundreds of videos and thousands of articles I have read on the subject.
A good read and a valuable perspective to aspiring and professional comics and comedians.
My main attraction to this book was the quality of the people interviewed. Several are icons in the entertainment world. I also bought the book because I remember Franklyn's stand-up days and saw him perform live a few times.
The book begins with an instructional section. This isn't what I bought the book for, but I found it much more entertaining than I thought. Franklyn uses his own careeer as a format to provide the instruction. He was a failing law student looking for another way to earn a living. He talks about how he developed his writing style, managing his material, dealing with stage fright as well as hecklers. This section reads like a story rather than a dry, how-to manual. I realy felt the drama involved with trying to succeed in a business where so many fail.
The interviews are very good. After reading the first part of the book, I already had new insight into the art of stand-up. The interviews covered the topics that had been introduced previously. They work well because the interviewer is a veteran comedian himself and because he has known many of the interviewees for many years. I particularly enjoyed the interviews with George Carlin, Elaine Boosler, Richard Lewis, Sinbad and George Wallace. In many of the interviews you get a sense of how they worked their way up from nowhere to become successful. I was very impressed at the amount of work that goes into putting together an act.
This is undoubtedly a must-read for an aspiring comedian. But for someone like myself, who will never have the courage to take to the stage, it is a chance to get to know several great comedians who I have enjoyed and admired for years.