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The motivational how-to/self-help book formula seems to require offering promises and good lines, reciprocating empathy, and purporting to ameliorate the "condition" with enthusiasm and exclamation. Actor, writer, and journeyman White's guide to running a successful comedy group is no different, but it isn't empty, either. There is good step-by-step information here, from writing and marketing to business plans and budgets. Given its valuable universal applicability, this may have served better as a general showbiz career guide than a specific promotion of comedy groups as the vehicle for a successful start. The book occasionally suffers an identity crisis. White has an affability about her that those wanting more how-to may consider superfluous. Every detail is elaborated with stories from her experience-she regularly lapses into memoir-and the formula gets tiresome. Distracting from her strengths in resourceful organization and streetwise instruction, the book often seems to plead for White's career legitimacy with the proclamations of a padded résumé (Why the photo section?). Success is relative, but White's sustainable, 30-year career speaks for itself. With useful references, resources, and a glossary; marginally recommended.