Step by Step to Stand-up Comedy Paperback – 13 Jul 2000
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This is so-so at best, and the jokes that the author shares are really not good enough to try out on audiences.A rule of thumb for those interested in stand up; don't buy American books of this ilk. The differences in humour on either side of the pond are stark, and you will get little out of them. Stick to Be a Great Stand Up by Logan Murray, and The Serious Guide to Joke Writing by Sally Holloway.
- The book covers the following topics:
- The Secrets of Joke Structure
- Joke Writing
- What to write jokes about
- Improving your jokes
- Assembling a routine
- POV and narrative
- Mic technique
- Performance technique
- Developing experience
Through practical advice and a series of useful excersises Greg isolates the elements of comedy on an almost scientific linguistic level. Thereby allowing the writer/performer to explore, create and fine tune their original ideas without relying on cheap gimicks or plaguerising other performers. It has more in common with a NLP text or strategic business manual than some of the more anecdote based books available, although the book does contain several anecdotes when elaborating examples.
I purchased this book initially just to help with gag writing for screenplays but have become so confident through the process that I am now putting together actual routines for public performance.
Well worth it.
It's written extremely well and has some fantastic tips in there about how to construct a joke and how to turn your ideas into jokes and phrase them in a comical way.
Ive bought and read loads of books about the ins and outs of comedy writing. And this really has to be the best. Really.
Its a bit intense at first to be fair, but once you reread about setup premises and punch premises and realise the difference between them and the actual set ups and punches, then youre on it like sonic. I realise this paragraph may not make sense if you havnt read the book. so buy it, and you'll get it.
My mind flows and spits out line after line, idea after idea, after reading just the first 4 chapters. Im producing routines effortlessly. All I have to do now is try them out at an open mic.
Buy the book. Read it. Get writing. Thats my advice.
I found the chapter on how to get yourself known (open mic nights etc) quite useful but again very very simple and experience combined with wits can prove all of this and more.
Books are useful for information and interpretation but with any art form, you can't learn it from a book, it's all about self expression not planning each step of a simple routine in an approach the authors use.
I'm not trying to prove my own ideas or write a book here but the best things you can do are gain influence,experience,originality and you have yourself an art form rather than a bloke telling jokes derived from his inexperienced television.
Love and typin from me x
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