Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy, written by Greg Dean, is a comprehensive guide for people who are funny, want to be funnier, or have dreams of being a stand-up comedian. This first-of-its-kind audiobook demystifies the craft of comedy by breaking it down to the fundamental skills used by professional funny people. Dean lays out these skills in simple-to-understand lessons that are easy to practice and master.
Dean’s original joke 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.
This audiobook also covers rehearsal, so you can remember your jokes in the same way as you tell a funny story in a social situation. Dean explains how the mind normally remembers in pictures, sounds, and feelings, and then forms those thoughts into words. Memorizing words changes the function of the mind and the sense of humor. Dean offers a simple method for turning every joke into a scene so you can remember in pictures, sounds, and feelings, and tell the story of your jokes. Memorization becomes almost automatic !
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.
"Essential for the aspiring comic or the working comedian interested in updating his or her comedy routine, Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy is the most comprehensive and useful book ever written on the art of the stand-up comedian." (GoodRead.com)
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Solid Advice, Horrendous Delivery. Read it instead
I imagine that the techniques described in this book are good, and they are thoroughly explained. His process for writing jokes and the ins-and-outs of honing material is actually very insightful. But... the way the author reads this book will make you lose any confidence that you are being taught by a competent funnyman. I know he is just reading text, but he more than anyone (as the author) knows how the jokes are intended to be delivered. I understand that the jokes in this book are meant to demonstrate the process, and it does a good enough job at that. But the already unfunny jokes are made incredibly cheesey by his deliveries, and when he uses voices for the characters' dialogue or lines... I just cringe. Every time. They are annoying and completely wrong for the context. I highly suggest you read this book rather than listen to the audiobook to salvage any humor that the author might have. But all-in-all, very good advice in all aspects. Read the book, and the purpose will maintain its credibility.
If you are interested in comedy, buy this book