Dave Schwensen has been an entertainment journalist since 1993 with articles published in the United States, Canada and Japan. His reviews, interviews, and behind the scenes exclusives have included entertainers such as Paul McCartney, Bill Cosby, Britney Spears, Ray Romano, Garth Brooks and many others.In describing his extensive experience in the comedy industry, Dave likes to point out that his career has taken him from "coast to coast to coast." He is the only person on the face of the earth to have been talent coordinator and manager for New York's Original Improvisation (East Coast), talent coordinator for the Hollywood Improv and the television show "A&E's An Evening At The Improv" (West Coast), and manager of The Cleveland Improv Comedy Club (North Coast). While in Hollywood he was also the assistant to Improv founder Budd Friedman and worked as a talent advisor for many Los Angeles and New York based comedy programs, television networks and film studios.Dave is a nationally recognized comedy coach with workshops, comedy business seminars and private coaching. He is a humorous keynote speaker / trainer, an award winning humor columnist,and pop culture historian and lecturer. He is a 2012 Pinnacle Award winner for designing and instructing educational video conferences in pop culture and communication skills.As a coach, consultant and trainer, Dave has been featured on PBS Television and Radio, The Hollywood Reporter, Chicago Tribune, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Back Stage: The Performing Arts Weekly, Insidebiz.com Magazine, U.S. News and Report, and others.
Comedy Workshop: Creating & Writing Comedy Material For Comedians & Humorous Speakersby 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 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 an innovative guidebook dedicated to creating and writing original comedy material.
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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.
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.