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In a generally favorable review of last year’s books, I was castigated for not including enough comic pieces. A point well taken, so this year I have made an effort to include more monologues with laughs. It was quite a concerted effort, believe me. Most, if not all, of the play excerpts I have chosen for this book were produced by professional theaters, where out-and-out comedy is, it seems, most unwelcome — obsessed, as most of them are, with being oh-so-cutting-edge, dark, and all-too-often impenetrably obscure. So, I think you’ll find a few more funny pieces in this year’s book. If for some reason you aren’t able to find the comic monologue that’s perfect for you, though, I recommend another book published by Smith and Kraus, The Ultimate Monologue Books Vol. IV: 222 Comedy Monologues 2 Minutes and Under, which contains a fine selection of comedy pieces, both contemporary and classical.
I hope you will find this book useful — both in class and for auditions.