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u/savageyoshi · 2 pointsr/Standup

It's a bit tricky to explain, but here goes:

I'm in my third year of a 4-year Drama & Theatre Studies masters course, so you have 3 years to get your standard bachelor's degree and then an extra year that upgardes it to an 'MDrama'. The final year has always offered stand-up comedy as an area of specialisation, where you do weekly gigs in front of a student crowd (with new material each week) as well as going into London to do open mics.

Up until now the third year had a module that was all about stand-up theory, but they changed it for our year so that it became half theory, half practical. The first six weeks we studied academic stuff on comedy (all the way back to Freud), the history of stand-up, comic devices, personas, etc etc etc. We had to write an essay about a chosen comedian, analyse one of their routines and explain why it was funny academicly.

That all set us up for the last six weeks which was purely practical. Weekly workshops where we'd be set different tasks (like, write some surreal material or instant character stuff or audience participation) and do it in front of the class. Then we took our best stuff and crammed it into 5 minutes, which we performed in a show on the last day of term (hence why I was asking about warm-up rituals for 10AM comedy). The focus was on getting us to produce something that we could easily take to open mic nights if we wanted to, and also to give us a taste of it to see if we wanted to do the specialisation next year.

The guy who teaches the course was on a BBC documentary about stand-up the other night, and he's also written a few books and journal articles about teaching comedy.

This one here has got some stuff about teaching stand-up:

Hope that helps!

u/Cheese_is_a_Person · 2 pointsr/Standup

I'm usually anti-gift-card, but maybe a club will let you buy a certificate. That way you can buy a gift that plays to his tastes without committing to a show he won't like.

Or, you could always buy a comedy album for him. A CD, or vinyl makes a great gift, if he has a turntable.

Or maybe a book written by a comedian, or about comedy. Kilph Nesteroff just released a history of comedy that's been getting good reviews.

u/CinnabonBJ · 6 pointsr/Standup

Brutally honest, open.. Nothing he won't make jokes about.. If you're any part misfit, you're really gonna love him. If you listen to his podcasts, you'll hear Chad Shank.. Just a guy from Bisbee on disability for bipolar, mental health issues. It's his connections with these kinds of people and of course Bingo (his laaady) that I think really let you understand how great a person he is, on top of being smart funny.

I just got his book the other day, I'm 23 pages in and love it. Already some unbelievable stories. I hope it sells like crazy so the world demands Doug to tour more, podcast more, do tv, radio, etc. If anyone is interested here's a link..*Version*=1&*entries*=0

I think Louis C.K. nailed it on his description of Doug on the back cover of Digging Up Mother.

Yeah. Man crush alert.

u/napjerks · 2 pointsr/Standup

I love this question. All writers, no matter the medium, have faced this question. You're doing the right thing starting and ending strong with what you've got. You can tell where your week points are. That honesty is good!
It shows you have a high standard for yourself. A certain level of taste, if you will. And you're trying to meet it. So just keep working on generating new material.

Always be writing things down. You should have a notebook stuck to your hand like glue that's a constant stream of funny things you encounter, whether you said it or it was a daily experience. You might not write every day but keep it handy. Not writing something great that popped into your head is a huge missed opportunity. You never know what will build into something great. These don't come often. So most writers seriously sit down an hour or two a day for the express purpose of thinking about their material and coming up with new bits. Stories from childhood they can reflect on as an adult, recent personal or world events, you name it.

Figure out what your rules are for what works for you. Don't just curse to curse or be gross to be gross. It has to convey a story or an insight into life or who you are. Keep searching for your style, your voice.

Also, and this is gonna sound totally high school stupid but it helps... Remember why you're doing it. Why are you doing it? It's not just to make people laugh, that's why all comics are there. But why are you doing it. that's a different answer. A very personal one. Get this on paper to your satisfaction. Let it be your driving reason for creating material.

Test your new material out in the middle of your set. See how well you can work the crowd differently each night based on the vibe and city. You know you can't settle for chuckles. You want full guffaw. That's what sitting down with your stream of consciousness writing is for. To filter and edit what you have newly discovered. Don't stay out too late. Be well rested every morning (or whenever you usually get up) so you can continue working on your material and writing things down with a clear head. Watch how Jerry did it. When you get stuck, check out a book on how to write comedy. There are many. Good luck!

u/Sarahsays1 · 1 pointr/Standup

I know this goes against your original question, but I was told by comedy teachers to not get too caught up in reading comedy books (ex: how-to's). Before I started doing improv, though, I read "Bossypants" by Tina Fey (I do stand-up now). It's a quick, easy read and the writing's awesome. Ellen Degeneres: also a great writer. Found [this] ( too.

u/ReliableSource · 11 pointsr/Standup

I don't think you need to read the whole book (there's a small summary that's a few pages out there), but I found Greg Dean's book helpful for learning how to write simple setup/punchline jokes.

For improv (and it applies to sketch too imo), the UCB manual is the best book I've read.

For writing, this book from one of the founders of The Onion is really good. I think if I had to recommend just one comedy book, it would be this one.

u/atWorkGuy42 · 0 pointsr/Standup

I've heard lots of people recommend "The Comedy Bible" by Judy Carter.

There are plenty of other books about stand up comedy and comedy writing in general, grab one and random from your local library.

Any or all of the things you mentioned are good first steps, but eventually stand up comedy boils down to standing up in front of a crowd and telling jokes.

Do what you need to get yourself started, but remember that you aren't going to be completely comfortable the first several times getting on stage.

u/bekilledoff · 6 pointsr/Standup

I would. However, I've always assumed that transcripts of standup specials would be subject to IP laws, which is why we haven't seen this happen.

Some of my favorite podcast episodes ever were when Ari Shaffir got permission to play and dissect some standup specials with his guests. It's a fascinating discussion.

Stewart Lee's book also does this: he transcribes his specials and then footnotes them. Easily one of my favorite books on comedy now.

u/JohnFatherJohn · 1 pointr/Standup

Wow thanks, I really need to hit a bunch of open mics and suffer some bombs to neutralize all of this validation.

I'm still trying to develop a solid writing habit to be honest, it's very difficult for me to maintain a steady productive flow.

I'd recommend reading Poking a Dead Frog by Mike Sacks and Sick in the Head by Judd Apatow, both are collections of interviews and advice with amazing comedians and comedy writers. You can get some fantastic advice there but mostly it's just inspiring and motivating.

For writing specifically, the only book I'd seriously recommend is How to Write Funny by Scott Dikkers, he was a founding editor of The Onion and it's a slim, no nonsense book.

u/aeiouicup · 2 pointsr/Standup

I killed is out of print but very good. Jerry Seinfeld's intro describing what standup means to him ("there's no rules. It's like being a pirate...") is one of my favorites.

u/ComradeWolfeTone · 2 pointsr/Standup

How I Escaped My Certain Fate by Stewart Lee is the best book on stand up I've read.

u/ThisGuyRightOverHere · 1 pointr/Standup

I bought one of these and it works great.

I put it on a stand and built a connecting frame with PVC and a red velvet curtain so it's part of the backdrop. Worked out well.

u/Sigdeff · 1 pointr/Standup

So there's potential here, but you definitely have that complaining=comedy vibe going on, I'll give you the information handed down to me by Redditors.

  1. Don't wear a hoodie or read directly off of your book/note sheet.
  2. Write jokes, not speeches/monologues
  3. Book
  4. Keep your set short and end on a high note
u/funnymarkmasters · 2 pointsr/Standup

This is that show. It is called Inside Jokes. It is from a few years ago and follows folks in NYC and L.A. It is the Hoop Dreams for comedians you have been looking for.

u/aboveaveragejoe · 8 pointsr/Standup

And Here’s the Kickeris the first that comes to mind because it’s all interviews of comedy writers. Born Standing Up by Steve Martin was really good too. I’ve never found a how to guide on stand up that helped me unfortunately. Really the best lesson for me was to bomb at open mic a few times.

u/tylermez · 1 pointr/Standup

I really loved this book And Here's The Kicker.

Also Andy Kaufman's biography Lost in the Funhouse

u/sucrerey · 2 pointsr/Standup

> A little about myself: I'm 18 years old, have been writing for a few years but have never gotten on stage.

Get one stage. Theoretical physics is only powerful once practical physics can make use of it. The stage is the lab.

There is a book by Gene Perret. Though, the internet may have changed everything that book would tell you.

u/punadit · 1 pointr/Standup

Greg Dean's Step by Step to Stand Up Comedy was really helpful when I was starting out.

The book helped me a lot in my writing. Especially those parts are great where Dean dissects a bit and shows its evolution from an idea to a polished routine.

Performing, it did not do that much - but I think that you'll learn performing mostly by doing it over and over again and seeing what works for you.

u/acalmingbreeze · 2 pointsr/Standup

This book changed how I write jokes:

It's all about subtext and joke forms. Very quick read.

u/mayormcsleaze · 3 pointsr/Standup

Obviously you'll need to write some jokes, which is a process that's just as much art as it is science. I recommend Step By Step To Standup Comedy as a great starting point for joke theory, but his basic formula boils down to:

  • The Setup: Say something that puts an assumption in the audiences head (ie. "I split my pants at work yesterday and everybody saw" makes the audience assume "He must have been embarrassed". You don't need to SAY you were embarrassed because we're already assuming it)

  • Then, the punchline: Say something that shatters the audiences assumption ("I wore my splittable pants specifically to get compliments on my ass, and nobody even says anything!" implies that you actually were NOT embarrassed, proving the audience's assumption wrong)

    While you're writing and preparing to get up onstage, check out some open mics just to watch and get a feel for the scene. If you've only seen professional comedians do their A-material, you can get a lot of perspective from watching amateurs and local heros do open mics. Watching people bomb teaches you so much.
u/Heilbroner · 3 pointsr/Standup

Yea, it totally is helpful advice. You're right that you don't need to follow it, but wearing pants is a signal. There's literally a book name about it.

u/thisismeingradenine · 1 pointr/Standup

You might dig the book I Killed, chock full of horror stories from comics on the road. Awesome.

u/Setay11 · 4 pointsr/Standup

Cease sounds like a tool, but I don't know of preying on the ignorant & gullible is the most egregious of sins.

Fuck, this blog post was hilarious, though.This makes me really excited to read Doug's new book. ( Digging Up Mother: A Love Story )

u/AlabammyComet · 3 pointsr/Standup

The follow up to "Here's the Kicker," "Poking a Dead Frog", is good, too.

u/brueapilsner · 3 pointsr/Standup

Read Mike Sack's "Poking A Dead Frog". It has interviews with comedy writers of various formats.

u/primrosemorningstar · 7 pointsr/Standup

Please, for the love of god! do not quit. Keep sucking until you suck less. If you think that's hard try working for a living. It sucks and you will suck for just as long at a job where they pay you to get better. If possible do stand-up instead. Also, don't be afraid to take people's advice who are not cynical assholes.

Surprise: A lot of people don't understand that a good joke catches you off guard. You start walking someone down a path and change it at the end.

Premise, Punch Line, Tag:
-Premise: short as possible while giving the listener a vivid description.
-Punch Line: a violation of the premise
-Tag: additional punch lines that can optionally build off the previous punch line/tag.

Premise: "There’s a reason it’s called 'girls gone wild' and not 'women gone wild.' When girls go wild, they show their tits."
Punch line: "When women go wild, they kill men and drown their kids in a tub."
This joke set's us up to think that Louis CK will talk about how when women go wild it's milder. Instead it's horrifying.

Source Material: You're young and I'm going to guess you don't have any profound insights to share at this age. So pay attention to people. Pay attention to how they talk, where they look, how they feel and what they do. Pay attention to yourself. What are you thinking about when interacting with others? What do you think they're thinking about? Do you have messed up thoughts? Congratulations! We all do but we don't say it or pay enough attention to them. Keep these observations in a notebook.

Also, try to keep your material general so most people understand what you're talking about. This doesn't mean you can't talk about obscure subject, it just means it's harder to set up a premise.

Some things to riff on:

  • Other people (if you know them personally change their name)

  • Weird experiences you've had

  • Crazy people on TV and different ways of thinking about their actions (if everyone things the crazy person sucks, find a reason to like what they're doing)

  • Your desires (really wanted that lambo but I don't know how to extort people yet, that will take college)

  • Anything that you can get people thinking one way and switch it on them

    Read some books:

  • How to Write funny by Scott Dikkers

  • This one was recommended in another post

    Some people say that reading books about comedy is useless like taking a stand-up course. These people are cynical assholes. Ignore their pessimism and devour as much information as possible. Drew Carry read 5 stand-up books then became famous. You can bang your head against the wall trying to carve a new path or you can just read what people have already discovered.