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Lesson 22: Thoughts from a Newer Act and A Pro (on Material, Gigs and Shows)

For this the twenty-second lesson I thought I’d speak to a couple of working comics. To get a broad perspective I spoke to one newer act, James Ryan, and one long established pro, Matt Price both of whom hail from the west of England where I now live. Here are their thoughts on getting started as a stand-up and developing your act and career. CHRIS: How did you get started in stand-up? JAMES: I started by doing a 6 week comedy course. Without doing it I don't think I'd ever have got behind a microphone. MATT: I was trying to write a book about boxing. [Matt trained to be a boxer]. It failed. I had some stories about the people I met and wanted to tell them to an audience. I thought a comedy

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