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Mastering Stand-Up

The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian
Narrated by: Stephen Rosenfield
Length: 9 hrs and 55 mins
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This entertaining and sharply written guide - for both beginners breaking into comedy and professionals seeking to improve their sets and advance their careers - examines the work of great comedians such as Louis C. K., Jerry Seinfeld, Eddie Izzard, Moms Mabley, Hannibal Buress, Sarah Silverman, Richard Pryor, and more 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 doesn't, and why. Including a 12-item "Successful Comedian's 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."

©2018 Stephen Rosenfield (P)2019 Tantor

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"An absolutely essential instructional guide and reference for anyone aspiring to a career as a comedian." (Midwest Book Review)

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  • Robert Ö
  • 27-05-19

Great book! Very slow reader.

This book was great! I've worked with performing variety shows for a long time, and this gave me many clear direct tips for adding more comedy elements.

My only critic was how very slow the reader spoke. I speed it up in the player and then it was no problem.

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  • Erich
  • 05-07-19

Brilliant

This book starts with short chapters on the kinds of comedy available to you as a standup. Then it goes into writing jokes. The advice is very good. It even has sections on being an MC and overcoming self-criticism. The writer is deeply knowledgeable and experienced. The book is right up to date, talking about YouTube and social media. Start with this book and if you like it, go on to Greg Dean and Judy Carter and the other great writers about comedy. If, like me, you’ve hit a slump in your comedy performing this inspiring book will jolt you from your lethargy. You’ll need more than a book to get “undeniably good”.

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  • Brian
  • 08-03-19

Great Book!

This is by far the best book" the ins and outs of stand-up comedy I've ever read. So much great information. I'll be referring to it over and over for the foreseeable future.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-11-19

I'm not a Comedian

this was broken down to its simplest form and sounds easy but we will see

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  • Nazareth Rizkallah
  • 22-10-19

Best book on Standup Comedy so far.

I've been doing comedy professionally for 30 years. I've performed for over 40 million people, I still learned from this book.
Great insight.

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  • Mitchell Johnson
  • 17-10-19

Stephen Rosenfield, pure genius.

I plan to listen over and over again. Brilliant work!
Thank you for the help. I learned much more then I planned. This truly is the complete guide to becoming a successful comedian.

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  • SSE
  • 15-10-19

Just What I Needed

I have been working on comedy as a hobby this year, and I live somewhere relatively remote where I cannot find a class very easily. I signed up for an online class that I didn't love, and attempted to find an audiobook that would give me some good insight into comedy writing and performance. This book definitely was everything I wanted, and better yet, the execution of same was great.

This was not boring to listen to, which was nice, but the content quality really was even better than the performance. Zero complaints about this from me.

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  • @theveaross
  • 29-08-19

Is it worth it?

If I could I would remove this book from circulation and keep it all too myself. This book really delivered! So please, don't buy it ...

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  • Jason C. Evans
  • 11-08-19

Pretty good

Great book! Soso reading. I know it was narrated by the author, himself. I wish he would have read a bit faster! I guess that was just Rosenfield being... well, a comedian!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-07-19

Brilliant Book about Standup Comedy!

Stephen provides a wealth of priceless information for anyone seeking to enter the world of stand-up comedy. Thanks Stephen!