How to Get Started & Manage Your STAND-UP COMEDY Career

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Magic Lamp Press, Sep 27, 2006 - Business & Economics
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Stand-up comedy can be a great and fun career, but's a business, and must be managed properly, right from the beginning.

Barry Neal has been a professional comedian for over 17 years, performing all over the world. He has also been teaching and coaching professional comedians in the art of their craft and how to manage their careers.

This book reveals the unwritten rules every professional comedian must follow to get started, develop a persona, showcase, book rooms, and get paid.

The main sections of this book (each containing over 18 chapters) are: Section 1: Introduction to Stand-up Comedy & Open Mikes Section 2: Finding Your Voice Section 3: Analyzing the Audience Section 4: Performance & Surroundings: Stages, Sound and Lighting Section 5: Showcasing, Fee Negotiation, M.C., Booking Rooms & Getting Paid

About the Author:

Barry Neal is a graduate of Northwestern University (near Chicago, IL), where he worked with David Schwimmer, Dermot Mulroney, Ana Gasteyer, and others, in the improvisational group the Meow Show.

When not studying or performing, Barry was the goalie for the Midwest Champion Evanston Hockey Team, and also played in Europe, representing the United States.

After moving to Southern California, Barry became a regular at the Imrov, and appeared on numerous televsion shows, including the Tonight Show.

Barry now divides his time between his own successful career as a performer, and to coaching comedians. He also provides a booking service for college concerts, clubs and corporate events, often employing his former students.

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About the author (2006)

Barry Neal has been a professional stand-up comedian and comedy coach for more than 20 years. He has appeared on television numerous times, including the Tonight Show, and now spends most of his time booking other entertainers into clubs and events around the country, with people he has established a working relationship with over the years.

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