Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy (Theatre Arts (Routledge Paperback)) Paperback – 21 May 1998
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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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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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zen and the art of stand up all sounds a bit new age, but thankfully not the book, an education on all aspects of stand-up, from writing through to performing.Published on 16 Oct. 2001
This book is too long and written purosely with no humor that could have made the ride more enjoyable. It turned into a highly detailed lecture. Read morePublished on 19 May 1999
Jay Sankey has brought forth a great collection of writing and stage tips for stand-up comics of all levels. Read morePublished on 1 Mar. 1999