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  • Paperback: 234 pages
  • Publisher: Routledge/Theatre Arts Books; 1st ed edition (21 May 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0878300740
  • ISBN-13: 978-0878300747
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.3 x 21.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 591,241 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Jay Sankey offers aspiring stand-up comics a career's worth of wisdom in "Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy. His advice [is] both thought provoking and practical."
-"Publishers Weekly, May 1998

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"Toronto-based comedian Jay Sankey offers aspiring stand-up comics a career's worth of wisdom...His advice -- both thought-provoking and practical -- covers material, character, style, performance, and dealing with audiences." --Publishers Weekly (5/11/98)

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I bought this for my teenage son on the recommendation of a professional comedienne who said many professionals have used this to hone their art. My son finds it easy to read and has kept his attention
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This book is okay if you've never read a book about comedy before as it doesn't say anything different to the other books out there. I was quite excited at the prospect of it being 'zen' but that part of it really boiled down to the author giving some kind of buddhist comment at the end of each chapter. I did enjoy reading it though but for me it is one of the more lightweight books out there.
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This is a very insightful and even inspiring book, and would be of interest even for those that are not even considering doing stand-up comedy themselves. There's plenty of advice on how to structure a set, and what practical things to take into consideration. After reading this book I realized that I knew very little about what it means to do a great stand-up show, even though I had seen many people do it.

The "Zen" aspect of the book seems a little cheesy, and it didn't particularly appeal to me. I'm sure that those essential points could have been addressed in another way. Also, many chapters open up with some kind of an epic quote from an Indian guru or whatever famous person. It's worth keeping in mind, though, that this was written in the 1990's when Zen and epic quotes were probably really hot stuff. The vast majority of the material in the book seems relevant even if this was written a while ago. The section on self-promotion is hopelessly dated, though (Internet? What's that?). But at least now I know that I should have my gigs taped on VHS, not Beta!

This is a great book, but some sections should have been updated a long time ago.
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Sankey has produced an utterly worthless book; trite in the extreme. Some of the advice is obvious. Some of the advice is wrong. If anything it is 'How to be a hack comedian'. But why would the world want another one of those?
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A book which puts you on a stage and basically nutures, mold and scolds you, it's enlightning and eye-opening insights into the "bright" world of stand-up comedy never fail to hit the spot. A must read for every wannabe stand up comedian. From the young to the old, it ministers to all.
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