Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy

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Overview

If you think you're funny, and you want others to think so too, this is the book for you! Greg Dean examines the fundamentals of being funny and offers advice on a range of topics, including:

  • writing creative joke material
  • rehearsing and performing routines
  • coping with stage fright
  • dealing with emcees who ...
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Overview

If you think you're funny, and you want others to think so too, this is the book for you! Greg Dean examines the fundamentals of being funny and offers advice on a range of topics, including:

  • writing creative joke material
  • rehearsing and performing routines
  • coping with stage fright
  • dealing with emcees who think they're funnier than you are
  • getting experience
  • and lots more.
Essential for the aspiring comic or the working comedian interested in updating his or her comedy routine, Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy is the most comprehensive and useful book ever written on the art of the stand-up comedian.
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Greg Dean . . . knows the territory he writes about and provides a wealth of nuts-and-bolts advice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325001791
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 7/13/2000
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 318,284
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.43 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Dean is a former Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus clown, a street performer, and a regular at the Comedy Store in Hollywood. Through his popular "Stand-Up Comedy Workshop" at the Santa Monica Playhouse, Dean has worked with many of today's top comics. He currently lives in Los Angeles, California.
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Table of Contents

1. The Secrets of Joke Structure

Joke Writing: The Joke Prospector

What to Write Jokes About: The Joke Prospector

From Funny to Funnier: Improving and Polishing Your Gems

Assembling a Routine

Points of View: Narrator, Self, Character

Rehearsing

Greg Dean's Rehearsal Process

Microphone Technique: Dos and Don'ts

Peak Performance

Fearless Performing

Getting Experience

Making a Good Show Great

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2002

    There are better choices

    This is a VERY GOOD book if you are looking to learn how to write and perform jokes. It is very informative on the joke format. If you are looking for more information on the career aspect, this isnt the best book. It lacks depth in Open Mikes, MCs, Headliners, helping you to find work, ext. If you are not intrested in writing joke-format jokes and would rather write in your own style this will be a waste of your money. If you have no idea about the career and feel that you need help writing jokes this will be the best buy you could find.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2001

    This book is GREAT

    I loved this book. I¿ve read other comedy books that talk about what it¿s like to write jokes but this is the only book I know of that actually walks you through the steps of writing jokes. It helped me write new jokes and gags for my act and it helped me polish the stuff I already was doing to make it better. The exercises make you actively do the work as opposed to just reading about it. I loved it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 19, 2000

    Physician's Desk Reference of Comedy

    After reading Greg Dean's book on comedy. I found that I could take what I thought was a funny idea and turn it into a joke that not only I thought was funny, but so did others as well. Some people can make you laugh and make it seem so easy. Others make you cringe with their attempt. With the help of this book and a little practice you also can make people laugh--instead of cringe. Greg Dean's book takes you on a journey through the comic process of creating a joke, as well as performing it. I would recommend this book to anyone who has told a joke only to have to explain the punch line. If laughter is the best medicine, then Greg Dean's book is the Physician's Desk Reference of Comedy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    A Literary Heimlich For Gag Writers

    Omigod! If you are a comedy writer worth your salt, get this book! [And some hydrochlorothiazide for your heart] If you do comedy, then this is your Billy Crystal Meth lab. I will keep this book in a jar, filled with formaldehyde, on my desk as a reminder of the genius of Greg Dean. Before this book I was a writer for ¿Rivets¿ magazine. Now I am a comedy editor for the alphabet soup co. [It¿s messy but it pays the bills]. In my comedy act I used a rubber swan, I threw whipped cream rocks & wore an arrow through my clavicle. But now, Greg's book has shown me the light [The 3 minute light]. But, most importantly, Greg Deans book has taught me the importance of being truthful, forthright & to never, never exaggerate. I can't wait til volume 2 comes out, 'Topper', volume 3, 'Capper', & volume 4, 'Callback!'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2000

    Must read for all stand up comedians

    Greg Dean takes you through the process of how to become a top notch stand up comedian. Dean provides a Joke Structure technique that can be applied regardless of the topic you want to talk about. He also deals with performance technique and all the scenarios a comic is bound to endure. A very useful tool that can be used as a handbook once you finish the first read. Learn how to perform stand up comedy for a lifetime! Excellent for beginners or professionals.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 8, 2000

    Terrific... and funny

    Whoever Greg Dean is he's written a wonderful how-to guide for the aspiring standup comic. They say there are too many comedians these days. What they mean is there are too many BAD ONES. Dean's book takes you from the germination of your idea through joke-writing, comedy routine development and on to rehearsal and performance techniques. All of it is clear, concise and quite funny. If you've got decent ideas to begin with, this book will help you develop them and hone them. You can then become one of the GOOD ONES - and we can use all of them we can get! Good stuff.

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