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Mastering Stand-Up

The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian
Narrated by: Stephen Rosenfield
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (31 ratings)

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This entertaining and sharply written guide - for both beginners breaking into comedy and professionals seeking to improve their sets and advance their careers - examines the work of great comedians such as Louis C. K., Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Izzard, Moms Mabley, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, and more as a means of illustrating the most important techniques of performing and writing stand-up.  

Here, Stephen Rosenfield lays out a clear plan for achieving success, candidly explaining what works, what doesn't, and why. Including a 12-item "Successful Comedian's To-Do List," Rosenfield states, "Get undeniably good at each of these and you can kiss your day job good-bye. You will be a pro."

©2018 Stephen Rosenfield (P)2019 Tantor

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"An absolutely essential instructional guide and reference for anyone aspiring to a career as a comedian." (Midwest Book Review)

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Great book! Very slow reader.

This book was great! I've worked with performing variety shows for a long time, and this gave me many clear direct tips for adding more comedy elements.

My only critic was how very slow the reader spoke. I speed it up in the player and then it was no problem.

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Brilliant

This book starts with short chapters on the kinds of comedy available to you as a standup. Then it goes into writing jokes. The advice is very good. It even has sections on being an MC and overcoming self-criticism. The writer is deeply knowledgeable and experienced. The book is right up to date, talking about YouTube and social media. Start with this book and if you like it, go on to Greg Dean and Judy Carter and the other great writers about comedy. If, like me, you’ve hit a slump in your comedy performing this inspiring book will jolt you from your lethargy. You’ll need more than a book to get “undeniably good”.

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Great Book!

This is by far the best book" the ins and outs of stand-up comedy I've ever read. So much great information. I'll be referring to it over and over for the foreseeable future.

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Pretty good

Great book! Soso reading. I know it was narrated by the author, himself. I wish he would have read a bit faster! I guess that was just Rosenfield being... well, a comedian!

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Brilliant Book about Standup Comedy!

Stephen provides a wealth of priceless information for anyone seeking to enter the world of stand-up comedy. Thanks Stephen!

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The greatest book I've ever read........on standup

I'm still a newbie to the standup scene. Shameless plug...check out the youtube of my first set at the DC Improv.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PjXGiM3Rfe0

Anyway, this book was AMAZINGLY helpful, and continues to be. I've listened to it twice, read thru it twice, and I continue to read it and listen to it regularly. So many nuggets of helpful information in here. The secret about changing an emotion in a set to get a bit to work is worth the money all by itself!!!

DDub
https://www.facebook.com/ddub.comedy

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Unexceptional

The author does a good job of going through all the stand up forms and why they work but some of the examples are just too dated to really feel applicable. Comedy moves faster than most art forms so using examples from the 50s/60s feels dated and a little bit hokey to be honest. He keeps saying these comedians were "ahead of their time" or exceptional "for the time", but would do better to just use examples that would be exceptional now.