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Best Stand-up & Comic Routines [with free CD] Paperback – 5 Oct 2006
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"...'a snapshot of classic comedy from the last 30 years,' with a
very welcome accompanying audio CD." -- Evening Standard
This book contains some of the most highly recognised pieces of comedy and comic sketches for fans of the form -- The Bookseller, July 14, 2006
About the Author
Mike O'Brien is part of the comedy-scene elite that grew up in the eighties. He is the director of the Laughing Stock comedy record and video label. Bruce Dessau is a renowned comedy journalist and the author of several books about comedians, including Rowan Atkinson, Billy Connelly, Victoria Wood and Reeves & Mortimer. He writes for the Guardian, Time Out and the Evening Standard.
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2 December 2010
Covers many comics from Eddie Izzard to Jo Brand to Monty Python. You get a transcript of some of their funniest material and can see by looking at the written text just how clever each comic as it shows how their performance and personality turns the text into a brilliant routine. You also get a profile of each comic and a rundown of how each one started their career in stand up. I teach joke writing and recommend this book to my students to study how it's done.