This entertaining and sharply written guidefor both beginners breaking into comedy and professionals seeking to improve their sets and advance their careersexamines the work of great comedians such as Louis C.K., Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Izzard, Moms Mabley, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, and 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 doesnt, and why Including a 12 item Successful Comedians 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.The New York Times heralded Stephen Rosenfield as probably the best known comedy teacher in the country His alumni include some of todays most prominent comedians and comedy writers, such as Lena Dunham, Jim Gaffigan, Eric Slovin, and Jessica Kirson Rosenfield has directed, coached, and or written for these and hundreds of other comedians As a pioneer in the field of teaching comedy, he founded the American Comedy Institute, the premier stand up comedy school in the United States, in 1989....
|Title||:||Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian|
|Publisher||:||Chicago Review Press November 1, 2017|
|Number of Pages||:||272 pages|
|File Size||:||983 KB|
|Status||:||Available For Download|
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Mastering Stand-Up: The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian Reviews
Stephen Rosenfield has written the “Bible” of stand-up comedy. As an ex-comedian, I only wish I had had this book to refer to over and over again. I would have loved to have known the author “back in the day” when I was running from club to club and very often letting the “voice” enter my head which reiterated all the reasons why I should quit, not get on stage or why I wasn’t as funny as the other stand ups. Rosenfield is the kind of teacher who can help anyone get beyond the self-doubt and severe stage fright and re-channel those emotions for much better use –great comedy! I walked away from this book realizing no comedian is “undeniably good” until the material is worked out over and over and over again. What separates great comedians from average comedians for the most part comes down to who can hang in there and do the extraordinary work required and who simply can’t. Surprisingly there is no magic bullet, but if you take Rosenfield’s subscription and follow his recipe ingredient by ingredient, you too can become a paid comedian. Hard work is the centerpiece no doubt, but persona development, connecting with the audience, and the commitment to tirelessly refining the joke is too. The author teaches us that stand ups must painstakingly listen for the laughs and cut away the extraneous words that don’t contribute to the laugh, as deftly as an artist carving wood. The author also gets us to recognize and understand when and why it’s time to let go of that “A+ joke” that has ‘killed’ for years but may now be laying flat like a pancake. It may be that the “truth” of that joke is no longer true for us, or could be that it simply is no longer as good as the rest of our material.
Although I've taken a couple of classes and have advanced to a few paid shows, I am hungry to improve my routines and performance. It's good to go over the basics again to remember what you may have forgotten and reinforce what's true and useful. To move up from there is critical when you're ready for it. Rosenfield helps by laying out stand-up craft in an organized, logical progression with examples and advice that's as tightly presented as a well honed routine. He points out what's important in the big picture and how details make a difference in your performance and connection with an audience. I will be re-reading this book for a long time. Thanks Stephen!
There are a lot of books out there about creating comedy, but I have never read one with as much clarity, warmth, humour, intelligence, honesty, wisdom, humanity and dedication as Mastering Stand-up Comedy.
Incredible. Mr. Rosenfield takes you on a step by step approach to being a stand-up comic. It is informative, insightful and hilarious all at the same time. It is not a text book. This book is a hands on approach in helping you bring out the unique essence of "you" through comedy. I couldn't put it down. Even if you never thought of being a stand-up comic Mr. Rosenfield takes you on a journey through the history of comedy and how it relates to events of the day that will make you laugh out loud and give you a good feeling.. I have been a professional actor for over 46 years and if your like me the thought of doing stand-up has always been frightening but after reading this wonderful book and and through Mr. Rosenfield's experienced technique he has instilled in me the confidence to think " maybe I could really do this." After you read MASTERING STAND-UP I think you will feel the same way to.
Loved this book! I have studied with Stephen at the American Comedy Institute. He is an amazing teacher and this book nailed it! I have been a student and performer for over 15 years. I had been questioning the whole "writing" process. I had found it difficult to just sit and write materials. Stephen does a great job at setting my mind at ease. He guides you through a step by step process of explaining exactly HOW to master this craft. Also the tone is relaxing and assuring. Every chapter beams with great ideas. It's one of those rare books that you don't just read and put down. You will read it and take action. Taking action is critical to succeeding. Bottom line if you want to master stand up buy the book. Also check The American Comedy Institute in NYC. It will change your life as it did mine.