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Amazon USA are already selling secondhand copies with a 5-day delivery time.


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Here's one for you.

Comedy Writing Step by Step by Gene Perret.

Sure he's old school and wrote for Bob Hope, but it's all about how you use the excercises and not how he did.

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Grant wrote:
Here's one for you.

Comedy Writing Step by Step by Gene Perret.

Sure he's old school and wrote for Bob Hope, but it's all about how you use the excercises and not how he did.

Perret definitely knows his stuff. His excellent Comedy Writing Workbook is worth tracking down too.


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Search Oxfam (or Amazon) for these two titles

The Comic Inquisition by John Hind

Very insightful interviews about comedy with the likes of Steve Martin, Jerry Sadowitz, Jackie Mason, Peter Cook, Steven Wright, Barry Humphries, Emo Phillips and even Ken Dodd.

How To Be A Stand Up Comic by Richard Belzer

Best "how to" book I've seen. With only occasional information that's useless if you're not American.

From Fringe To Flying Circus

Not strictly stand up, but highly inspirational. Good overview of about 20 of our greatest comedians.


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Colin Ramone wrote:
Search Oxfam (or Amazon) for these two titles

Erm, I mean three, obviously.


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I'm currently reading Stewart Lee's 'How I escaped my certain fate, The life and death of a stand up comedian' - it's bloody brilliant, it's such an insight into the comedy circuit and not too subjective to his own persona and clubs but the overall scene, especially as it's him coming back into it and seeing how the circuit has changed and different venue types and crowds. Anyway, it's bloody brilliant.

Tried to read 'The serious guide to joke writing' but it's all about writing topical jokes for satirical shows, not great with learning how to sculpt your material.

I realise my reply is 8 years late, but hope it's still relevant.

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Andy Kind's book, Stand-Up and Deliver, is a great insight to a comedian's first year on the open-mic circuit. A great read.

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I must be the only one who thinks Andy Kind's book is very badly written, irritatingly so. Ho hum.

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Hello,

I recommend these:

True Story by Bill Maher - written about the comedy boom in 80s NYC

http://www.amazon.co.uk/True-Story-Bill ... 030&sr=8-1

And the Fear Makes Us Special by John Wing Jr - also good "comfort reading" in between gigs

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Fear-Makes-Us-S ... 064&sr=1-1

Of course Stewart Lee's book - his ethics on writing comedy are great

http://www.amazon.co.uk/How-Escaped-My- ... 110&sr=1-1

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