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Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy | [Greg Dean]

Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy

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.
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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.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2010 Greg Dean (P)2010 Greg Dean

What the Critics Say

"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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    Stefano Burnaby, BC, Canada 07-28-13
    Stefano Burnaby, BC, Canada 07-28-13
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    Would you listen to Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy again? Why?

    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.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Greg Dean? Why or why not?

    I would try another book by Greg Dean because of the way he presented this book was fantastic.


    What does Greg Dean bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    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.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Gutterud St. Paul, MN United States 11-27-12
    D. Gutterud St. Paul, MN United States 11-27-12 Member Since 2013

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    "Hard to keep listening - probably better in print"

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    TJW RAWLINS, WY, United States 07-19-12
    TJW RAWLINS, WY, United States 07-19-12
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    "A great how-to"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. It's a wonderful step-by-step instructional.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I suppose Greg was my favorite character.


    Have you listened to any of Greg Dean’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No.


    What did you learn from Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy that you would use in your daily life?

    A LOT! I now know how to go about following a childhood dream.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Bosco Texas, USA 06-19-12
    Bosco Texas, USA 06-19-12
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    "What to learn stand up? Then listen to this"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes. Anyone interested in stand up comedy should own this. I have read multiple books on comedy, and this one is unique in it's utility. Mr. Dean will teach you what a joke really is, why people find things funny, and how to write material based on these facts.He goes on to provide direction on crafting routines, rehearsing, and performing. My only criticism is it can get pretty confusing and dry at times, but so are most "how to" books. This is excellent material and a must have for the craft.


    Any additional comments?

    I saw reviews saying this book is "not funny". Of course it isn't funny! This isn't a joke book!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    William Houston, TX, United States 04-02-12
    William Houston, TX, United States 04-02-12 Member Since 2011

    Over the road truck Driver listen to books to make the miles go by.

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    "Not up to expectations"

    Jokes were not very entertaining. English slang hard to follow. only laughed twice through all the book.

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    Barnet Mooresville, NC 12-22-12
    Barnet Mooresville, NC 12-22-12 Member Since 2014
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    "New Title: "Step by Step to How Not to Be Funny""
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    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.


    Has Step by Step to Stand-Up Comedy turned you off from other books in this genre?

    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?


    Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Greg Dean?

    Lassie? Eddie, the dog from Frazier? Silent Bob?


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Depression.


    Any additional comments?

    Really? Really? Do I need any more?

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mikaila United States 01-09-11
    mikaila United States 01-09-11

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    "90% informative 10% funny"

    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.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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