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The Confidence Trick

Oliver Double

Oliver Double started his career as a professional comedian before lecturing on and teaching drama and comedy at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of many journal articles on stand-up comedy and comedians. His publications include Stand Up: On Being A Comedian (2005) and Getting the Joke (2nd edition, 2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stand Up! : On Being a Comedian

Methuen Drama, 1997

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...Being a stand-up comedian is about saying witty things and telling clever jokes, but, more importantly, it’s about making the audience believe that you’re funny, creating faith in your own funniness. Famous comedians go onto the stage...

Funny in Theory

Oliver Double

Oliver Double started his career as a professional comedian before lecturing on and teaching drama and comedy at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of many journal articles on stand-up comedy and comedians. His publications include Stand Up: On Being A Comedian (2005) and Getting the Joke (2nd edition, 2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stand Up! : On Being a Comedian

Methuen Drama, 1997

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...If the string of strange experiences that has been my career has given me a peculiar perspective on stand-up, something else that has had the same effect is my academic research into the subject. Delving into the quagmire of comic theory...

The Right Circumstances

Oliver Double

Oliver Double started his career as a professional comedian before lecturing on and teaching drama and comedy at the University of Kent, UK. He is the author of many journal articles on stand-up comedy and comedians. His publications include Stand Up: On Being A Comedian (2005) and Getting the Joke (2nd edition, 2014). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Stand Up! : On Being a Comedian

Methuen Drama, 1997

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...If stand-up comedy is about creating the right frame of mind in the audience so that they have faith in what they see and hear as funny, I should point out that this state of mind is not created just by the compere or the comedians. What...

Set-up/payoff in stories and routines

Chris Head

Chris Head has established himself as one of the UK's leading comedy coaches and has twenty years' experience as a director of live shows. As director he has worked on shows at all the major venues of the Edinburgh Fringe, across London including Soho and Bloomsbury Theatres, on national UK tours and internationally at the likes of Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy Festivals, and LA Shorts Comedy Film Festival. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Director’s Guide to the Art of Stand-up

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...Having looked at the writing and rewriting of one-liners as more-or-less standalone entities in Chapters 5 and 6, let’s now look at jokes in the contexts of stories and routines. Whether they are verbal, visual or act-outs, you need to find...

Vulnerability and pain in stand-up shows

Chris Head

Chris Head has established himself as one of the UK's leading comedy coaches and has twenty years' experience as a director of live shows. As director he has worked on shows at all the major venues of the Edinburgh Fringe, across London including Soho and Bloomsbury Theatres, on national UK tours and internationally at the likes of Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy Festivals, and LA Shorts Comedy Film Festival. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Director’s Guide to the Art of Stand-up

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...Stand-up shows can be purely whimsical or surreal, little touching on the personal life of the comic. At the other extreme, the stand-up will share intimate, painful truths and confessions. In this chapter we look more closely at highly...

Stand-ups do theatre

Chris Head

Chris Head has established himself as one of the UK's leading comedy coaches and has twenty years' experience as a director of live shows. As director he has worked on shows at all the major venues of the Edinburgh Fringe, across London including Soho and Bloomsbury Theatres, on national UK tours and internationally at the likes of Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy Festivals, and LA Shorts Comedy Film Festival. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Director’s Guide to the Art of Stand-up

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...With stand-ups doing increasingly theatrical shows, the next logical step is to actually do theatre. A stand-up who also stretched the comedy form and ultimately jumped ship to entirely theatrical shows is Mark Thomas, a crusader jester...

Re-writing jokes: To fix them, improve them and suit the teller

Chris Head

Chris Head has established himself as one of the UK's leading comedy coaches and has twenty years' experience as a director of live shows. As director he has worked on shows at all the major venues of the Edinburgh Fringe, across London including Soho and Bloomsbury Theatres, on national UK tours and internationally at the likes of Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy Festivals, and LA Shorts Comedy Film Festival. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Director’s Guide to the Art of Stand-up

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...Let’s move on to consider the re-writing of jokes. In the previous chapter we explored joke writing techniques and approaches. To illustrate the principles, we examined finished and indeed award-winning jokes. But focusing...

It takes two: Incongruity, transpositions, analogies, personification and bathos

Chris Head

Chris Head has established himself as one of the UK's leading comedy coaches and has twenty years' experience as a director of live shows. As director he has worked on shows at all the major venues of the Edinburgh Fringe, across London including Soho and Bloomsbury Theatres, on national UK tours and internationally at the likes of Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy Festivals, and LA Shorts Comedy Film Festival. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Director’s Guide to the Art of Stand-up

Methuen Drama, 2018

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...We began the book by discussing how two contrasting qualities in the stand-up’s persona, archetypes or attitudes for instance, can come together to comic effect. In Chapter 2 we saw Bill Hicks bring together esoteric thinking and news...

Getting Started

Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Marsha Shandur

Marsha Shandur is a Networking and Storytelling Coach and former radio presenter. Having produced the Edinburgh Festival coverage on Edinburgh's Radio Forth, she went on to present and produce at the UK's Xfm Radio. Whilst there, she interviewed comedians on air, and for her podcast Marsha Meets ... which was named one of the World's Top Ten Best Comedy Podcasts by the Guardian. For more info see YesYesMarsha.com . Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Off the Mic : The World’s Best Stand-Up Comedians Get Serious About Comedy

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Open mic spots. Learning to die before learning to fly.DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE: Just do it. Just get a gig. Get on stage. Go to an open mic. The first gig is terrifying and elating at the same time. Most people have a great first gig because...

Owning the Room

Deborah Frances-White

Deborah Frances-White is a stand-up comedian best known for her BBC Radio 4 show Deborah Frances-White Rolls the Dice. She’s performed comedy around the world including The Edinburgh Festival, The Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Roadshow and The London Storytelling Festival. Her book Off the Mic, co-authored with Marsha Shandur, was published by Bloomsbury Methuen Drama in 2015. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Marsha Shandur

Marsha Shandur is a Networking and Storytelling Coach and former radio presenter. Having produced the Edinburgh Festival coverage on Edinburgh's Radio Forth, she went on to present and produce at the UK's Xfm Radio. Whilst there, she interviewed comedians on air, and for her podcast Marsha Meets ... which was named one of the World's Top Ten Best Comedy Podcasts by the Guardian. For more info see YesYesMarsha.com . Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Off the Mic : The World’s Best Stand-Up Comedians Get Serious About Comedy

Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, 2015

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...Owning the stage, microphone, noise, quiet, chairs and booze. It’s all yours.DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE: Every room can be owned, but some rooms need extra thought. First, you have to decide on whether you will overtly own the room or whether...