Stand-Up Comedy: The Book
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All the world loves a clown and whether you want to clown around at parties or make a living as a standup comic, comedian Judy Carter can show you how to "do" comedy.
They have golf carts with sirens, ‘Okay, Pop, get the clubs right in the back. Drop the snow shovel right there, drop it!’ The best setup is also one that tells the truth. Take a look at this student’s joke: SETUP: (UNTRUE INFORMATION) I just lost 107 pounds. How did I do it? PUNCH: … I just woke up one day and tossed my girlfriend out. This student then went on to a piece about being a male model. Even though he told us “No, this is true!” once we realized that we were conned by his
Test and see! A DELTA BOOK Published by Bantam Dell a division of Random House, Inc. Copyright © 1989 by Judy Carter All rights reserved. No part of this book may be reproduced or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic or mechanical, including photocopying, recording, or by any information storage and retrieval system, without the written permission of the Publisher, except where permitted by law. The Trademark Dell ® is registered in the U.S. Patent and Trademark
other people in danger. Why do you think people pay to watch tightrope walkers? It is the possibility that they will fall that keeps us captivated. A good tightrope walker will pretend to lose her balance to make her act exciting. Memorize your material, but always be willing to let go of it so you can deal with what is going on in the moment. Remember: DON’T try material out on relatives. You wouldn’t practice a striptease act on your librarian. Don’t practice stand-up on your mother. DO
Tonight Show seven times. When you have at least twenty minutes of solid material on video, try to make a connection with the booker by phone or by letter before mailing your tape. Don’t expect a lot to happen and don’t expect to get your tape back. Club owners such as Fisher get, on the average, a hundred calls a day and sixty tapes a week. So if you don’t get an immediate response, don’t take it as a rejection. Don’t worry about trying to tailor your act to a specific club because each comedy
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