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Be a Great Stand-up Logan Murray

Be a Great Stand-up By Logan Murray

Be a Great Stand-up by Logan Murray


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Summary

From one of the UK's most acclaimed and successful tutors of stand-up comedy comes this guide to understanding, developing and, most importantly, delivering a great comedy routine. Features practical tips, exercises, and expert advice.

Be a Great Stand-up Summary

Be a Great Stand-up: How to master the art of stand up comedy and making people laugh by Logan Murray

Logan Murray has successfully taught the techniques of stand-up comedy to thousands, and in this book he distills his years of experience into the essential skills for a great and enjoyable performance. He will help you find your own creative streak and your funny side, build the confidence to deliver, and explain the finer details of stagecraft, from dealing with hecklers to coping with props. There is a full guide to the practicalities, from finding gigs to securing an agent, with plenty of valuable hints, tips and advice. Drawing on Logan's years of teaching and his own successful stand-up career, with top tips from some of the most well-known people in the business, it is guaranteed to bring a smile to both your face and that of your future audience.


Be a Great Stand-up includes:

Part one - Theory
Chapter 1: Where do jokes come from?
Chapter 2: Building a joke
Chapter 3: Comedy ground rules
Chapter 4: What sort of comic are you?

Part two - Practical sessions
Chapter 5: Unlocking your creativity
Chapter 6: Emotional exaggeration
Chapter 7: Creating material
Chapter 8: Stagecraft
Chapter 9: Microphone technique
Chapter 10: Hecklers and crowd control
Chapter 11: What other comics think
Chapter 12: Business
Chapter 13: Your first gig
Chapter 14: The future

ABOUT THE SERIES
The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children's books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.

Be a Great Stand-up Reviews

"The author's love for his job shines through...it has inspired me to pencil a date in my diary for my own return to stand-up after a ten-year hiatus." * - www.channel4.com/4laughs *
"With advice from several comics and tips on how the business end of comedy works, anyone who reads it will feel empowered, full of confidence that they can take to the stage." * - www.chortle.co.uk *
Stand-up is such a visual and oral medium, how could you possibly gain anything other than very basic advice from a self-help book? Logan Murray has succeeded. The highly experienced stand-up and comedy course tutor, has written a very useful guide to starting out as a stand-up comedian. * - LaughRiot.co.uk *

About Logan Murray

Logan Murray is a comedian and Edi-nominated director. His 'Stand Up and Deliver' courses have taught the art of comedy to over 700 participants, many of whom have gone on to win awards.

Table of Contents

  • : introduction
  • : part one: theory
  • 01: where do jokes come from?
    • : do we create funny ideas or do they come
    • : and find us?
    • : practical creative games
    • : some modern theories of humour
    • : what is a joke?
    • : attitude, the comedian's secret weapon
    • : attitude games
  • 02: building a joke
    • : extreme attitudes to specific points can
    • : lead to humour
    • : always ask yourself: `what is the comedian's
    • : answer to this particular problem?'
    • : finding the joke
    • : afterthoughts
    • : afterthought games
  • 03: comedy ground rules
    • : style or content?
    • : kill little Mr/Ms social control in your head
    • : stupid name game
    • : what's your attitude to the subject?
    • : more attitude games
    • : be specific
    • : games to develop specific thinking
    • : be concise
    • : the longer the set up, the funnier the
    • : punchline had better be!
    • : if it doesn't add, it detracts
    • : detracting the audience verbally
    • : detracting the audience with your body
    • : language
    • : avoid the temptation of burying your
    • : routines in the past
    • : always remember: start with your best stuff;
    • : finish with your best stuff; let the middle
    • : take care of itself
  • 04: what sort of comic are you?
    • : your persona
    • : comedic flaws and how to use them
    • : comic archetypes
    • : mixing and matching
    • : games to uncover comedic flaws
  • : part two: practical sessions
  • 05: unlocking your creativity
    • : don't worry about the result: just write!
    • : writing activities
  • 06: a word about emotional exaggeration
    • : breaking the habits of a lifetime: be bigger,
    • : be broader!
    • : reasons why comics start exaggerating
    • : their emotional responses...
    • : reasons why new comedians might
    • : overlook their emotional performance...
    • : why comedians need to be more extreme...
    • : activities to encourage emotional
    • : exaggeration
  • 07: creating material
    • : workshop 1: the thank you list
    • : workshop 2: building routines
    • : workshop 3: putting your set together
    • : pruning your material
    • : `less is more' activities
    • : workshop 4: the hate list
    • : workshop 5: creating your own lists
    • : workshop 6: joke forms
    • : workshop 7: finding different voices
    • : stereotype activities
    • : creating a character act
  • 08: stagecraft
    • : think about your attitude to your audience
    • : treat the audience exactly how you would
    • : treat your friends
    • : force yourself to look at the audience
    • : try to `read' the crowd
    • : slow down!
    • : speeding through your set means that
    • : inevitably your timing will be off
    • : how to deal with nerves
  • 09: microphone technique
    • : microphone mistakes
  • 10: hecklers and crowd control
    • : why a gig can go bad
    • : how to make a gig better
    • : hecklers
    • : crowd control exercises
  • 11: what other comics think
    • : Milton Jones
    • : Richard Herring
    • : Steve Hall
    • : Sarah Kendal
    • : Pat Condell
    • : Katy Bagshaw
    • : Marek Larwood
    • : Mark Maier
    • : Robin Ince
    • : Greg Davies
  • 12: business
    • : how to get started
    • : learn to market yourself
    • : publicity
    • : phoning for work
    • : etiquette
    • : do your time on stage
    • : building your set
    • : compering
    • : beyond stand-up
    • : competitions
    • : festivals
    • : agents and managers
  • 13: your first gig
    • : booking the gig
    • : three or four days before the gig
    • : the day before the gig
    • : on the day of the gig
    • : on the evening of the gig
    • : on stage
    • : after the gig
  • 14: the future
  • : appendix 1: group games
  • : appendix 2: the fall and rise of stand-up comedy
  • : taking it further
  • : index
  • : acknowledgements

Additional information

GOR003623685
9781444107265
1444107267
Be a Great Stand-up: How to master the art of stand up comedy and making people laugh by Logan Murray
Used - Very Good
Paperback
Hodder & Stoughton General Division
2010-06-25
288
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Book picture is for illustrative purposes only, actual binding, cover or edition may vary.
This is a used book - there is no escaping the fact it has been read by someone else and it will show signs of wear and previous use. Overall we expect it to be in very good condition, but if you are not entirely satisfied please get in touch with us

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