On Being a Comedian
By (author) Oliver Double
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Stand Up by Oliver Double
Book DescriptionStand-Up! is the first book to both analyse the background of stand-up comedy and take us inside the world of being a solo comedian Oliver Double writes a lively history of the traditions of British stand-up comedy - from its roots in music hall and variety to today's club and alternative comedy scene - and also engages in a serious exploration of what it is like to be a comedian onstage in front of a sometimes adoring and sometimes hostile audience. He looks critically at the work of such stand-up stars as Frankie Howerd, Les Dawson, Billy Connolly, Victoria Wood, Ben Elton and Eddie Izzard. And he looks at himself as a performer.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780413703200
(216mm x 140mm x 15mm)
Imprint: Methuen Drama
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publish Date: 16-Oct-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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