This is the best distillation of stand-up comedy that I've found. I have friends who have taken Greg's class in person, and loved it. I've only listened to the audiobook, and it's fantastic. If you want to Learn Stand-Up, get this book!!!
I really enjoyed listening to the first third of the book where the author explains his technique for how to create jokes. His system seems sound, and it is worth getting the book for just this part. The rest of the book gets a little repetitive.
Yes. I have listened to it twice already in order to commit most of the techniques to memory. I listened it once just audio when I was driving during the week and then again to go through all of the exercises provided in the workbook.
I would try another book by Greg Dean because of the way he presented this book was fantastic.
I have the book as well but the techniques only really hit home when I started to listen to this book. The way he explains things make much more sense than actually reading it. With just the book, I found myself having to reread portions of the book and give up on certain concepts. Listening to this book is like having a teacher demonstrate and teach the whole book. Very effective because I could listen to it when doing chores or driving. There's actually much more time when I can listen that I can read.
Using the joke structures I was able to write my own jokes from scratch. I've been able to use the material in my speeches to add humor. I've been getting laughs! I didn't really think it was possible.
I didn't buy this in order to become a stand-up comedian, just to add more humor to my speeches. I had never considered myself "funny" but using the techniques I've trained myself to write jokes and find humor in any situation.
I'm hoping that this book lost something on the way to becoming an audiobook because I thought this was a train wreck. Yes, there are some great tips on developing jokes and a stand-up routine but its lost in a bunch of boring narration by the author....stuff that could be easily skipped over in a book format.
I think part of the problem probably lies in the fact that you can't teach humor. You have to have it...you can't fake it. But the author seems to think he can teach ANYONE to write jokes so he spends an inordinate amount of time on the minutia and repeating things.
This book would have been better if he had assumed that people had some clue regarding joke development. Or maybe 1 guide for humorless and one advanced guide for people that already knew a little about being funny.
Instead, this book is only marginally effective, especially in audio format. I couldn't finish it - I was sick of the pace, or lack thereof.
Yes. It's a wonderful step-by-step instructional.
I suppose Greg was my favorite character.
A LOT! I now know how to go about following a childhood dream.
I'm not sure why people think they were supposed to be entertained and amused by a how-to manual. This is NOT a joke book. It's a book about how to be a joke teller, and it is a great book for its purpose. Yes, it is repetitive, but that's how Greg gets the point across on how to create jokes.
Over the road truck Driver listen to books to make the miles go by.
Jokes were not very entertaining. English slang hard to follow. only laughed twice through all the book.
Someone who has insomnia but doesn't want to take sleeping pills. Or maybe someone who is testing noise canceling headphones--put on the headphones and play this really loud on your computer speakers to see if the headphones work well or not.
If anything, it should encourage other writers in this genre that a definitive work has yet to be written. How do you write a book on stand-up comedy that isn't funny?
Lassie? Eddie, the dog from Frazier? Silent Bob?
Really? Really? Do I need any more?
This audiobook actually gives laughs. It also is very informative as Greg takes you from your unmotivated but comedian wannabe state to ready to stand in front of a crowd and preform.
This book is worth the cost 2x over as you will learn. How to create, and be creatively funny. It also will make you laugh.
My favorite joke which I guess Greg doesn't think is that funny goes, "If the post office had to operate as a real business, it would be as successful as a steakhouse in India". So if this audiobook was a steakhouse in India, the post office would be a successful business. More so, Indian postofficers would be on a low carb diet which would more or explain their grumpiness.
I guess I can say that being funny takes work, but thanks to Greg we can now understand the science behind it.