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Stand-Up Comedy: The Book Paperback – August 5, 1989
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Carter shies away from telling you too much on how to do topical material, instead coaching the novice comic to focus on the one thing you know more about than anyone else--your own fool self. By simply starting with having you talk about what's on your mind, she presents you with an inexhaustable source of content. This is mother's milk comedy, of course, but if you want something punchy like Foxworthy's "Redneck" routine or Margaret Cho's ethnic commentary, that will come with experience.
The stand-up comedy Carter coaches you on in this book has little to do with the joke-telling of Jack Benny or Henny Youngman. Instead, you're presented with what seems a modern form of Native American storytelling, with the focus on the self. This will not appeal to all up-and-coming comics, and some might find this book rather trying. Starting out, however, most new comics will find good grounding in the stylistic tactics of this book.
She is not saying your life has to be messed up to have a source of comedy from your experiences. She is saying it is not a negative--exploit it. She shows how humility and self deprecation can work with out bringing you down. The book is impressively easy to read, but the exercises are not easy. You will need to set aside a lot of time for the projects and exercises to make the book work for you. It must be a good cheap initial substitute for going to her school.Read more ›
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While I've not employed these techniques in a club yet, I've used them in real time with real people, and they're fundamentals that work in everyday life. Read morePublished 2 days ago by steven m rudnick
Great book! A little outdated since it was written in 1989, but some of the advice in the book is still right on!Published 6 months ago by rbng
Bought it upon my improv teacher's recommendation. I read the book over to cover and has some interesting points. List making is big in this book. Read morePublished 8 months ago by elaine
Great book very enjoyable to read! Easy to understand and give you great examples on how a joke is structured. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Domo Jones
I purchased this book as required reading for a standup comedy class. I found it to be an excellent instruction manual for writing a comedy set. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Roger Diez
If your not tall enough to be a comedian , you could always stand up on the book.Published 10 months ago by Amazon Customer