Stand-Up Comedy: The Book

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Dell Pub., 1989 - Humor - 204 pages
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All the world loves a clown and whether you want to clown around at parties or make a living as a standup comic, comedian Judy Carter can show you how to 'do' comedy.
 

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This is not just for those dreaming of standing up in front of a comedy club. It's for anyone who wants to find the humor in their own life AND for those who want to be able to tell their friends a story and have them actually laugh. I LOVE it and learned from it. Read full review

Contents

GETTING STARTED
1
HAPTER
2
GETTING MATERIAL
17
Finding Your Attitude
18
Picking Your Topics
22
Who Are You?
24
Negative Personality Traits
26
Unique Characteristics
27
SetupPunch
46
SetupPunch Identification
50
Punchlines
52
Crafting Your Act into SetupPunch Format
53
Condensing Your Setups
56
Contrasting SetupPunch
61
Using Sarcasm with OuterSelf Items
62
Six Additional Comedy Formulas
64

Outer Self
28
A Day in the Life of Your Inner Self
30
Things You Hate
31
Things That Worry You
32
Things That Frighten You
33
Attitude
34
Talking with Mocking Insincerity
37
Taking Pride
38
Mixing and Matching Attitudes
42
Finding the Pearls Among the Schlock
43
Summary
44
GETTING IT FUNNY The Formulas
45
Comparisons
66
Similes
72
Observations
76
Mimicking
78
GETTING IT STYLED
85
CHAPTER 5
103
How to Rehearse Your Act
115
GETTING IT UP ONSTAGE
123
GETTING FEEDBACK
143
CHAPTER 8
152
CHAPTER 9
171
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About the author (1989)

Judy Carter has coached more than 5,000 comics and still runs comedy workshops in Los Angeles and New York. She has performed stand up in clubs across the country and has appeared on HBO and Comedy Central. She lives in Venice, California.

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