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Contents of my new blog series: Stand-up Comedy in 25 Lessons

December 15, 2017

 

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)

LESSON 16:      PERSONIFICATION
LESSON 17:      RULE-OF-THREE, CALL-BACKS & ANACHRONISMS

LESSON 18:      COMIC ANALOGIES

LESSON 19:      ANALYSING SEINFELD'S CAB DRIVERS ROUTINE
LESSON 20:      PERSONA & IMPROV

LESSON 21:      WRITING & IMPROV

LESSON 22:      THOUGHTS FROM A NEWER ACT AND A PRO (ON MATERIAL, GIGS AND SHOWS)

LESSON 23:       DEALING WITH HECKLING

LESSON 24:       COMPERING
LESSON 25:       ENDINGS & DEATHS

 



 

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