Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material for Comedians & Humorous Speakers

Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material for Comedians & Humorous Speakers

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by Dave Schwensen
     
 

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Comedy material can come from just about anywhere when you know how to look for it.

Learn to take creative ideas, personal observations, and real life experiences onto the comedy stage and speaker's platform. The author of "How To Be A Working Comic" and "Comedy FAQs And Answers" returns with a unique guidebook dedicated to creating and writing comedy

Overview

Comedy material can come from just about anywhere when you know how to look for it.

Learn to take creative ideas, personal observations, and real life experiences onto the comedy stage and speaker's platform. The author of "How To Be A Working Comic" and "Comedy FAQs And Answers" returns with a unique guidebook dedicated to creating and writing comedy material. Written in a conversational and easy to read manner,Schwensen relies on nearly two decades of comedy workshop and coaching experience to cover topics provided by aspiring comedians and humorous speakers.

* Starting to write comedy material
* Using your creative license
* Is your talent for jokes or stories?
* Writing for your comedy voice
* Comedy monologue writing techniques
* Turn great writing into great performances
* Write for conversations and not for reading
* Getting your act together

Being original is a key element for success in the humor business. Following specific comedy writing formulas only succeeds in creating more copies of the same style. To stand out from the competition, Schwensen urges writers to explore their personal creativity and individual sense of humor through various writing methods. The final goal is simple - making audiences laugh.

The shared advice and writing techniques in this book come from workshop experience and collaborations that have helped literally hundreds of aspiring and working comedians and humorous speakers create and write comedy material.

"As anyone who's read 'How To Be A Working Comic,' 'Comedy FAQs And Answers,' or taken one of my workshops knows, I don't make this stuff up. It's either been learned through experience dealing with the best in the business, or told to me by comics, speakers, and writers who are all working in the industry." - Dave Schwensen

"To say Dave Schwensen knows the comedy business would be an understatement." - Ohio Magazine

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940014637237
Publisher:
North Shore Publishing
Publication date:
06/19/2012
Series:
Comedy Workshop , #1
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
248 KB

Meet the Author

Dave Schwensen is the author of "How To Be A Working Comic: An Insider's Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy" and "Comedy FAQs And Answers: How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works." His insider's knowledge of the entertainment industry was earned as Talent Coordinator for the television show "A&E's An Evening at the Improv" and the legendary Improv Comedy Clubs in Hollywood and New York City. While in this capacity he also acted as a consultant for many television and film studios, networks and productions.

Dave has been a comedy coach for almost two decades with writing and performance workshops and entertainment business seminars throughout the U.S. He is also a consultant, trainer and speaker on using humor and creativity as business communications tools. Dave has designed and instructs courses in communications and presentation skills for various colleges and universities.

He has been featured on PBS Television and Radio, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Hollywood Reporter, Ohio Magazine, InsideBiz.com and many others. Dave has also made numerous national and regional television and radio appearances as a featured author, humorist and comedy consultant.

Dave Schwensen is also the author of "Father's Days... And Nights: Humorous Tales from the Frontlines of Fatherhood" and "The Beatles In Cleveland: Memories, Facts & Photos About The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts."

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Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material for Comedians & Humorous Speakers 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
dugjohnson More than 1 year ago
This is a great small book. Sounds like a contradiction but because the book is focused on one aspect of the comedy business, writing your material, it is both small and a great asset. A lot of books try to cover it all. I've read Dave Schwensens's other books and he does that very thing and does it well. They're wonderful reads, but there is so much to think about that you can get overwhelmed...and do nothing. By focusing on a single aspect of the business, and one of the most important, "Creating and Writing Comedy Material" gives the reader and prospective writer both the motivation and the ability to get material down on paper...or computer...or recorder...so that it can eventually be worked into a great routine or talk. Dave has been around the business a long time and is a great coach. That coaching voice is all through this book, encouraging and directing the reader to take the next step with specific "try this idea" tips that will get any comic wannabe doing the right things to become a comedy pro. If you read the book and do the work, you will end up with the material you need to succeed to the best of your ability either in standup or as a humorous speaker.
The_Booker More than 1 year ago
As a keynote speaker and humorist, I've found the the author's previous books on the comedy business to be essential reading. You can now add "Comedy Workshop" to that list. Like the title says, this book concentrates on writing comedy material. Instead of offering tired and over done formulas for constructing jokes and humorous stories, this book is about exploring your personal sense of humor and creativity. It's also about how to organize and use these talents to develop a stand up comedy set or add humor to a presentation. The tips are usesful for anyone starting out or already working but sometimes suffering from dreaded writer's block. Easy to read, entertaining and good advice.