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How To Be A Stand Up Comedian: The Beginners Guide Towards Becoming A Successful Stand-up Comedian Paperback – March 27, 2013
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This book gives some great tips on things I had never thought of when it comes to being a comedian. I am for sure going to put a little more practice into my routine before I even take on amateur night. I was about to go wing it, but I think I would have not even been accepted. I am so glad I purchased this book so I can practice a little more. Maybe some day you guys will see my name in lights. That is my goal. Thanks for the great tips in this book.
Just telling someone to "improve your jokes if they don't work" is like telling someone to just "get over it" when something horrible happens to them. By not going into any detail of HOW to do such a thing, you're pretty much on your own to figure it out by yourself. And if you're going to do that, why pay any amount for a book? And this is basically the entire book. The author simply skims over topics, using buzzwords that sound "motivational" but at the end you just go "Huh?".
At one point, this book actually "teaches" you that being funny isn't all that important in stand up comedy! Seriously. That. somehow, if you have the right mindset (one of the buzzwords I mentioned earlier), being funny is secondary. Now, maybe that would work if you were a psychologist or the guy that cleans up an adult theater on the weekends, but for a comedian, being funny is kinda important you would think.
This book often uses the word "would" when it should have been "will" or "is going to". Example: "This chapter would teach you how to think." What do you mean, WOULD? it's not going to anymore? Did it change it's mind? It was tough to read I have to say.
With so many great books on this art form on Amazon, this one can be skipped and you will be none the worse for it. All this information can be found in those other books WITH the "how" to added!
This book reviews basic information. It doesn't really tell you how to do stand up, but that would be a good next book for this author. Also, would help to see how a comic develops material. including how to write funny stuff.