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Dean's original joke structure diagram explains how jokes are built around two interpretations of one magical element called the connector. You'll learn how to see both the expected interpretation and the unexpected reinterpretation of the connector. And you'll be writing jokes after just one listening.
Dean also teaches "act outs" by explaining points of view (POVs). Act outs are the quick scenes comics act out during a routine. The three POVs inside a scene are the fundamental tools for understanding why act outs are so funny. You'll learn how to form jokes by shifting form one POV that creates an expected interpretation to another POV that reveals an unexpected interpretation. It's fun and easy, and it works.
Step-by-Step to Stand-Up Comedy also covers overcoming stage fright, handling hecklers, coping with going blank, dealing with bombing, riffing with the audience, crossing the hurt line, and getting experience. Learn in hours of listening what most comedians learn through years of stage time.
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By Local Man From Local City on 08-07-18
GOLD advice for new and working comics
At first, I thought this seemed a bit corny... you start out learning the structure of a joke, and it seems simplistic and not particularly funny. However, the LESSONS are very well thought out, and there are tips in this book that are absolutely gold. While it starts in very simple terms, it develops much like a routine develops, by practicing, evolving, critiquing and editing your work. You might think "OK these jokes about the post office aren't particularly good," but that turns out to be one of the most important lessons in the book. Keep with it. I'm already through two listens and know I'll be back again. Great book.