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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...

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. For more info see deborahfrances-white.com . 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. For more info see deborahfrances-white.com . 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...

Structuring your Set

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. For more info see deborahfrances-white.com . 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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...How does a joke become a routine? Segues, runners and call-backs.DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE: Once you’ve got your material and your persona on some kind of roll, it’s time to put the moving parts together into something resembling a routine...

The Best-laid Plans

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. For more info see deborahfrances-white.com . 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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...DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE: One of the things I love most about stand-up is working out how to play different gigs. Small rooms. Big rooms. Outdoor gigs. Rooms with pillars. My first-ever Edinburgh solo show, I regularly had around eight or ten...

What’s the Secret of Great Comedy?

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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...Q. What’s the secret of great comedy?A. Jokes.It’s as simple as that. No big secret. Just jokes, you know. That’s what makes people laugh. Funnily enough, it was only when I started looking into comedy that I found that out. My idea...

Thanks and Acknowledgements

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. For more info see deborahfrances-white.com . 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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...Deborah Frances-White: First of all, massive thanks to all of the comedians who agreed to be interviewed for this book. Thank you for your time, your honesty and your good humour. And extra thanks to Paul Provenza for permission...

Inspiration

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. For more info see deborahfrances-white.com . 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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...Where do ideas come from? Making a living out of thin air.DEBORAH FRANCES-WHITE: If you are considering doing stand-up comedy but don’t know where to begin, it may be because you feel you lack ideas. Now, if you are just dying to rant about...