Contents of my new blog series: Stand-up Comedy in 25 Lessons
I was going to publish this material as an e-book (hence the snazzy cover above). But then I landed a proper book deal: namely, A Director’s Guide to the Art of Stand-up. So I thought I'd give away this material for free here on my blog (and rewrite and develop it as I go along).
The text has grown out of notes I write for students on my highly-regarded stand-up course in Soho, London that I’ve run for over ten years now. Details of the next available courses can always be found here.
LESSON 1: WRITING DOES NOT MEAN WRITING LESSON 2: THE WRITING PROCESS LESSON 3: REMEMBERING IT ALL LESSON 4: THE IMPORTANCE OF RE-WRITING LESSON 5: WRITE SOMETHING SPECIFIC FOR THE GIG LESSON 6: STARTING YOUR SET LESSON 7: SET-UP / PAYOFF LESSON 8: MISDIRECTION LESSON 9: USING SOCIAL GAGS IN STAND-UP LESSON 10: TURNING TRUE STORIES INTO STAND-UP LESSON 11: WRITING WORDPLAY ONE-LINERS LESSON 12: TIMING LESSON 13: QUESTIONS TO SPARK IDEAS LESSON 14: TRANSPOSITIONS LESSON 15: BATHOS (BIG / SMALL)