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Cognito's book is an excellent read. Get it for free at his website...


http://www.iancognito.co.uk/cogtale.pdf

http://www.iancognito.co.uk/cogtale.zip


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Avoid buying a U.S., book called How to Be A Working Comic - totally useless for the UK comic, unless you're planning to play venues like the Comedy Stop, Arizona .


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Tony Allen's "Attitude - Wanna Make Something Of It" is worth a read. He's an idiosyncratic performer who is never afraid to take risks, and consequently can be less than funny at times, but I personally think that's preferable to someone who is technically perfect and trots out the same act over and over again. I believe he also runs classes which are less about technique-by-numbers and more about finding your own voice. The book got a decent review on this site, for what it's worth.

http://www.chortle.co.uk/books/bkfeatures/attitude.html


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Although not strictly about stand up (but does include it) “Double Take And Fade Away” By Leslie Halliwell is a really good history of comedy in general, goes all the way back to the Roman empire. It's a good read too.

Wonder what the first ever joke was?

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Adam to Eve: "Stand back, I don't know how big this thing gets".

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Nick P wrote:
Adam to Eve: "Stand back, I don't know how big this thing gets".

Thankyouverymuch

LOL!!! [biggrin] :-p [biggrin]

Could well be Mr P!

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Avoid buying a U.S., book called How to Be A Working Comic - totally useless for the UK comic, unless you're planning to play venues like the Comedy Stop, Arizona .

Yeah, I've got this book, anyone want it? P&P costs.

..or a swap for something good!

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Okse wrote:
richard wrote:
Avoid buying a U.S., book called How to Be A Working Comic - totally useless for the UK comic, unless you're planning to play venues like the Comedy Stop, Arizona .

Yeah, I've got this book, anyone want it? P&P costs.

..or a swap for something good!

I will sell my copy of this for 1p + p&p (£2) if anyone wants it. I would give it away for free but that would pollaxe my karmic balance.

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the book i learned most from for stand is hagakure,the book of the samurai.its hard to believe how much it helped me.you can get it from most waterstones for 8boys.change the word warrior to comedian,enemy to audience,its great.the part abou advising others is great and spot on.

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"1,2,3 let's be funny..."

By BBC Education Press. (could be on it's 5th edition by now, not sure)


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The books that made me most want to be a comedian were 'Windows XP for Servers - Professionals Edition' and 'Exchange 2000 - MCSE edition'

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Hunter S Thompson "The Proud Highway". Not in any way related to stand up, but a comfort read for me nevertheless as the good Doctor's arrogance far outweighed his talent for the first ten years or so.

Also instructive for all those jobbing comics who live "a la Bodenheim" - the true, hand to mouth poverty that can only come with the utter confidence that the cheque will be in the mail any day now.

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polabear wrote:
Okse wrote:
richard wrote:
Avoid buying a U.S., book called How to Be A Working Comic - totally useless for the UK comic, unless you're planning to play venues like the Comedy Stop, Arizona .

Yeah, I've got this book, anyone want it? P&P costs.

..or a swap for something good!

I will sell my copy of this for 1p + p&p (£2) if anyone wants it. I would give it away for free but that would pollaxe my karmic balance.

After managing to sell this book on Amazon, I have just had a flick though and its actually alot better than I remember it to be. Particulary with the writing tips.
I think the off-putting thing about it was the American anecdotes. I am even tempted not to sell it - and I never thought I would be saying that.

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polabear wrote:
polabear wrote:
Okse wrote:
richard wrote:
Avoid buying a U.S., book called How to Be A Working Comic - totally useless for the UK comic, unless you're planning to play venues like the Comedy Stop, Arizona .

Yeah, I've got this book, anyone want it? P&P costs.

..or a swap for something good!

I will sell my copy of this for 1p + p&p (£2) if anyone wants it. I would give it away for free but that would pollaxe my karmic balance.

After managing to sell this book on Amazon, I have just had a flick though and its actually alot better than I remember it to be. Particulary with the writing tips.
I think the off-putting thing about it was the American anecdotes. I am even tempted not to sell it - and I never thought I would be saying that.

Hmmmm... it was mainly the anecdotes that put me off this book- a bunch of Yank comics that no one's ever heard of over here (except Drew Carey and bloody Carrot Top) dispensing advice on things like how to perform on The Johnny Carson Show for the first time and other irrelevant stuff. The only bit of advice I remember being of any use was Drew Carey recommending trying to write 10 jokes a day - the idea being only one is likely to be any good, but if you do it every day, you eventually get a new 5 minutes of quality material evry month. Mind you -Drew Carey's never made me laugh.....

However, this book out next month may be worth a peek: Secrets To Stand Up Success


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However, this book out next month may be worth a peek: Secrets To Stand Up Success

Thanks for the tip - I did a bit of a rummage around the internet and found a precis of it that made it sound promising.

The British Amazon don't offer much help obtaining this book, but the US Amazon is taking orders for it.

If you fancy it and prefer to use a different retailer the details are:

· Publisher: Emmis Books
· ISBN: 1578601606


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