School Library Journal - School Library JournalGr 9 Up-No funny business here. This is one of the best Rosen career guides to come along, for Menzel-Gerrie really knows her stuff. Her book is thorough and loaded with wisdom, which is related in an upbeat style that holds interest. She presents the pros and cons of a comedy career; information on preparing the all-important photo, resume, and audition; expectations for life on the road; the need for a college education; ways to get hired; and dealing with talent representation and bookings. Extensions to related careers in writing, theater, and film are discussed. Helpful and sensible practices are recommended, such as keeping a journal, people watching, setting goals, building a cash reserve, and taking related courses. Useful tips, such as how to deal with complimentary tickets for guests, how to dress, and cashing a paycheck in a distant city are included. Interviews with up-and-coming personalities and mostly good quality black-and-white photos of new and well-known comics add appeal. (One off-color joke is quoted.) There are good examples of resumes and booking confirmation forms. Comedy is very specific on career building; there is little direction for actually developing routines. For that, Stand-Up Comedy (Dell, 1989) by Judy Carter could serve as a helpful tool. The perfect selection for teens who have stars in their eyes, this title will keep their eyes clear and alert.-Diane P. Tuccillo, Mesa Public Library, AZ
Kathy BonnarAnything you ever wanted to know about becoming a stand-up comedian may be found in the author's comprehensive text. Along with describing the positive and negative aspects of this type of work, she strongly encourages would-be comedians to complete a college education. The positions of agents and managers are just slightly touched upon; the focus is on the stand-up comedian. Glossary, list of further reading.
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