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Step-by-Step to Stand-Up Comedy, written and narrated 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 structure 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.

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.

©2000 Greg Dean (P)2008 Greg Dean

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no pdf

the author constantly refers to the pdf workbook that does not come with the audio book!

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How to be a Comedian from the 1940s

How to be Funny, Step One: Don’t try so very, very hard to be funny.

Greg Dean apparently didn’t learn step one. He tries excruciatingly hard to be funny. Whether it’s wacky voices, forced “jokes”, or any number of other obvious attempts at humor, it’s very clear that Greg doesn’t know what funny is. Maybe he should write a book on how to be annoying.

The style of humor described in the audio book, along with the example jokes given, are straight out of the 1940s. They are absolutely out of place in today’s world. If a newcomer attempts to hit an open mic with material of this sort, he will find out very quickly what comedy is NOT.

Apart from the bad teaching and over-the-top, annoying narration, the audio sounds like it was recorded on a beat-up phone in a public bathroom.

I know this review sounds harsh. But after listening to dozens of audio books, this is the first review I’ve ever written. So if this audio book was bad enough to force me to log in and actually write a review, then as harsh as my words may sound, they don’t even begin to reflect just how brutally bad this audio book actually is.

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GOLD advice for new and working comics

At first, I thought this seemed a bit corny... you start out learning the structure of a joke, and it seems simplistic and not particularly funny. However, the LESSONS are very well thought out, and there are tips in this book that are absolutely gold. While it starts in very simple terms, it develops much like a routine develops, by practicing, evolving, critiquing and editing your work. You might think "OK these jokes about the post office aren't particularly good," but that turns out to be one of the most important lessons in the book. Keep with it. I'm already through two listens and know I'll be back again. Great book.

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The Workbook

This book has been good so far and provides great details for crafting jokes. It a little difficult that he refers to images or practices exercise for the reader and I can’t participate because I have the audio version. Other then that 👍🏾👍🏾

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Excellent guide to the basics of comedy

This audiobook is clear and concise and packed full of excellent advice. I liked it so much that I bought the written version as well. Thank you

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