"A Director's Guide to the Art of Stand-up" by Chris Head
Published in July 2018, my book on stand-up covers developing your persona, writing (and-re-writing) jokes, writing routines, telling stories, timing and performance, developing and structuring full-length festival and touring shows, sharing personal pain in stand-up, and how stand-up and theatre influence each other.
“Head’s style is refreshingly breezy and simultaneously substantial. He offers practical insights: for example, audiences do not laugh at material, they laugh with or at the performer who discovers a compelling comedic self. In this remarkable manual, Head demonstrates what Horace Walpole once observed, namely that life is a comedy to those who think. And Head helps each comedic persona think.” - CHOICE (United States)
"It opened up a world that I didn't know before and haven't stopped exploring since. I hope this book does something similar for you."
From the foreword by Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor
Photos from the book launch at Soho Theatre, 22nd September 2018. Featuring readings and acts directed by Chris Head, all of whom feature in the book. Starring Richard Lindesay, Katia Kvinge, Helen Wood and Steve Whiteley as Wisebowm.