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Offering more insiders’ advice than any other manual, this book shows you how to ...
Offering more insiders’ advice than any other manual, this book shows you how to try out material; get onstage experience; market your act to talent bookers, agents, and managers; go on the road; get on television, and much more. Supplementing the author’s own expertise are his interviews with more than sixteen proven talents, including Drew Carey, Carrot Top, Jeff Foxworthy, and Tommy Smothers—all of whom embody the qualities of originality, career know-how, and laughter. Schwensen assumes you already believe you’re funny enough to tackle a comedy career. Making sure you develop a comic vision that’s completely your own is the essential lesson in starting out in the exciting but crowded field of standup comedy.
Posted October 11, 2006
To any and all considering joining the world of show business. I have just finished reading both books written by Dave Schwensen. How To Be A Working Comic, and Comedy FAQ's And Answers. Being fairly new to the business I realized I had made some critical mistakes right off the bat. Dave gives straight answers to just about every question that you may have.ie: Pay scale, how to book yourself, industry contacts, agen representation, how to promote yourself and much more. I wish I would have ran accross these two books earlier as I could have saved not only time and money but also possibly some embarrassment do to improper promotional packaging.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 27, 2004
Posted October 27, 2002
If you want to be an amateur, read the other books. If you want to be a comic who's working, read this one. Not only covers what it takes to get started in this business, but also offers ways to get paying gigs. I've used this to put together my promo and contact agents and bookers. It's all there - plus the interviews with famous comics let you know you're not alone. They've been through it, done it - and this book tells you how. I really recommend it!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.