Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy

Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy

by Jay Sankey
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Zen and the Art of Stand-Up Comedy by Jay Sankey

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780878300747
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Publication date: 04/23/1998
Series: Theatre Arts Series
Pages: 232
Sales rank: 793,473
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.49(d)

About 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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Zen And The Art Of Stand-Up Comedy 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.'
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.