Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy

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In this engaging and disarmingly frank book, comic Jay Sankey spills the beans, explaining not only how to write and perform stand-up comedy, but how to improve and perfect your work. Much more than a how-to manual Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy is the most detailed and comprehensive book on the subject to date.

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Overview

In this engaging and disarmingly frank book, comic Jay Sankey spills the beans, explaining not only how to write and perform stand-up comedy, but how to improve and perfect your work. Much more than a how-to manual Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy is the most detailed and comprehensive book on the subject to date.

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Toronto-based comedian Sankey may not be a household name, but his how-to book is a worthy complement to Judy Carter's Stand-Up Comedy: The Book (Dell, 1989) and far better than Richard Belzer's slight How To Be a Stand-Up Comic (Citadel, 1992). While Carter offers more specific advice on joke writing to beginners, Sankey provides more depth, musing helpfully on writing, delivery, set structure, and more. He may be right to advise that naturally funny people can learn to do stand-up, but Sankey could say more about the daunting hurdles to latter-day professional success. His Zen references are judiciously sparse, and his conclusion that stand-up comics can learn from Zen about being "in the moment" and staying loose on stage rings true. For strong performing arts collections.Norman Oder, "Library Journal"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780878300747
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 4/23/1998
  • Series: Theatre Arts Series
  • Pages: 232
  • Sales rank: 774,791
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Meet the Author

Jay Sankey is a stand-up comic, writer, and cartoonist. For more then twenty years he has performed around the world and has made numerous television appearances. He lives in Toronto.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 9, 2001

    Very Happy I Decided to buy this book!

    I am a new comic and have read Judy Cater's, 'Stand Up Comedy: The Book' and David Schwensen's, 'How to be a Working Comic' (not in that order). Both are GREAT books, plus I have taken a 6 week comedy course in Atlanta. I found 'Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy' to be EXTREMELY helpful in understanding how to be a better comedian. Jay Sankey helped me have a deeper understanding of doing stand-up. The analogy he uses of 'Having a good set is like having good sex... it takes TWO' referring to the other memeber as the audience, is just an example of how he helps clarify what he has learned in his years of experience. I am new to doing stand-up and have done well on all my performances, but through Jay's book, I feel I have taken leaps into having a better stage presence. After reading his book, I decided to change my style and 'bump it up a few notches'. In comedy it is 10% material, and 90% delivery... Jay's book concentrates more on the delivery. Judy Carter's book is great for digging up material and is more of a work book. David Schwensen's book is good for learning more about the business of stand-up. If you are interested in being a better about stand-up, I recommend reading 'Zen and The Art of Stand-Up Comedy.'

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2013

    Highly Recommended

    A friend of mine who is also a comedian told me about this book when I let him know I was looking at doing some stand up. This book is full of great information that any new comedian can use. I recommend it to anyone who is thinking about being a comedian.

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