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.
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"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)
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.
As a professional comedian with 11 years high level performance experience, I downloaded this audiobook because I was simply curious - I was intrigued that someone had actually created a
Nothing, the book was well presented.
Nothing. Maybe more live clips of his own performances, delivery style/s and audience responses. Good and Bad. THAT would have been great!
On the whole - good work Greg.
Yes. Would recommend. Clear concepts, practical and meticulous advice.
This along with Comedy Bible by Judy Carter are 2 sufficient and good books to get started in stand-up comedy. Also useful for comedians who want to improve their performance.
Speaker, Leader, innovation consultant, kilt-wearer, South African.
This book is the single most useful book I have ever read on the art of writing a joke.
It's principles are easy to understand and to follow -- and even to teach.
It comes with a PDF workbook so you can literally write jokes.
The narrator is completely transparent about the messy process of writing -- so there is lots of really weak material here. The author then shows why the material is weak, and how to strengthen it.
I have met professional comics -- top people in their field -- who cannot explain their process as well as Greg does in this book. They have no clue. They are very funny people, but they have no clue why they are funny.
Greg Dean knows, though.
I used this book to write a short routine for a formal address I was giving (10 minutes) which went down incredibly well.
I cannot praise this book enough.
If you want to learn how to reliably write jokes, follow this formula. You will definitely get better at writing jokes.
Greg covers a multitude of topics from writing to rehearsal and performance. If you are interested in doing comedy for a living this book has a tons of tips and advice on things you haven't even considered. I was skeptical at first but in the end I enjoyed this book very much and I learned quite a bit about the whole process from concept to live performance. I can honestly say I have a far greater understanding of the entire process now than I ever did before. Greg’s narration is clear, concise, and entertaining.
I thought this was a good book overall. The only audiobook that I could find in the category of how to become a comedian/funny. If there are others, let me know. Would have been better if he had more examples of jokes rather than just hammer on the same jokes over and over, dissecting each joke to the bits and pieces.
Great tips and a workbook. Lots of real work advice from years of experience. It's one of my comedy bibles.
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.
I'm still no better at or closer to being a stand up comedian after listening to this, Could / should be more concise and to the point and is very long.
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