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How to be Averagely Successful at Comedy [Paperback]

Dave Cohen
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  • Paperback: 273 pages
  • Publisher: Acorn Independent Press (28 Nov 2013)
  • ISBN-10: 1909121614
  • ISBN-13: 978-1909121614
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.8 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,251 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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DAVE COHEN

Comedian, Perrier nominee in a previous century, founder member of the Comedy Store Players: in the 1980s Dave Cohen was Britain's Most Averagely Successful Stand-up Comedian. In recent years he has become Britain's Most Averagely Successful Comedy Writer. He has worked on Have I Got News For You and Not Going Out, and writes the lyrics for the award-winning hit BBC Childrens' Show Horrible Histories.

After 30 years in the business Dave Cohen has written a practical and funny book explaining how to make a living at comedy. If you thought alternative comedy was all Fatcha-bashing and mung bean muesli, this book will make you think again.

And, if it falls off a shelf and seriously injures you, this book could change your life.

HOW TO BE AVERAGELY SUCCESSFUL AT COMEDY
"a gag-packed insight into the inner workings of the comedy world... Go out and bloody well buy the whole book" Bruce Dessau Beyond The Joke
http://www.beyondthejoke.co.uk/content/book-review-how-be-averagely-successful-comedy-dave-cohen

"seek out a copy, take it into a quiet corner and devour it." James Cary, Sitcom Geek
http://sitcomgeek.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/how-to-be-averagely-successful-at-comedy.html

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"Utterly indispensible guide for anyone wanting to make a living at comedy, and very funny too." British Comedy Guide

"Dave writes about comedy more concisely and in more depth than I ever could. For this reason alone I dislike him intensely." Omid Djalili

Comedian, Perrier nominee in a previous century, founder member of the Comedy Store Players: in the 1980s Dave Cohen was Britain's Most Averagely Successful Stand-up Comedian. In recent years he has become Britain’s Most Averagely Successful Comedy Writer. He has worked on Have I Got News For You and Not Going Out, and writes the lyrics for the award-winning hit BBC Childrens' Show Horrible Histories. 

After 30 years in the business Dave Cohen has written a practical and funny book explaining how to make a living at comedy. If you thought alternative comedy was all Fatcha-bashing and mung bean muesli, this book will make you think again.

And, if it falls off a shelf and seriously injures you, this book could change your life.


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By MoiraB
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Immensely enjojable book - even for people like me who have no intention of trying out at stand up or attempting to write a sit-com. Dave Cohen offers some fascinating insights into the early careers of well known comedy giants. He also offers some extremely detailed observations and advice that will help everyone improve their speaking and writing skills. He deserves an extra sixth star for his "no rape jokes" campaign against the widespread misogyny in mainstream comedy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'll give it Five & I'll buy it 18 Dec 2013
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Marvellous funny book. Dave Cohen has the knack of capturing the essentials of life as a comedian in the early days of stand-up. He takes us through the highs and lows with some deft one-liners. From the bottomless lows of the Edinburgh Fringe circa '78 to the heady highs of the Comedy Store. Plus loads of great tips for would-be comics. Buy this book!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A brilliant guide to being funnt 17 Feb 2014
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Perhaps the thing that makes Dave's book stand out so distinctly from others is how easy it is to read. It doesn't feel weighty or wear you down with facts or ideas, but it is full of useful insight and intelligent instruction nonetheless. There is probably enough anecdote in here to keep a fan entertained, but this really is a guide, like the title says, and a very good one. If you want to be a stand up or a writer in UK comedy you won't regret buying this book, and you'll probably want to read it repeatedly, because you just won't get all the value out of it from one reading.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Useful with a capital USEFUL 2 Jan 2014
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If you're an aspiring comedy writer or performer in the UK (as I am) this book is vital. It maps out all the potential career routes and various ways to get your foot in the door of the industry. It also deals with the psychological pitfalls that come with success and failure in a fickle business.

On top of that it's just a very entertaining book charting Dave's life and career against the backdrop of the alternative comedy scene that he was part of in the 80s and beyond.

Highly highly highly recommended.

Also he's a lovely bloke so please give him your money.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Dave Cohen is the astronaut Michael Collins, or the musician Dave Howell Evans, or the scientist Rosalind Franklin; he's the genius behind the common genius. His comedy credentials are the sine qua non of how to brag at the BAFTAs.
This humble graceful man has written a map for aspiring writers and performers that will guide them through the perils of the business.
There is no such thing as teaching only learning, however this book is extremely well written; you feel the author's joy and pain at every turn, and learn with him.
Dave also talks about the often neglected quality of pathos in comedy and demonstrates it's use superbly throughout.
Buy a copy immediately and improve your life.
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