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From going onstage during last call, to beating the open-mic system, to booking corporate gigs, this is the real guide to the world of stand-up comedy. Successful comedians and industry insiders share no-nonsense advice for every stage of a comic's career. The top names in the business - including Ray Romano, George Carlin, Christopher Titus, Weird Al Yankovic, Margaret Cho, and many others - share the lessons they learned the hard way, while club owners, talent executives, publicists, and others reveal what goes on behind the scenes. The author, a former network talent coordinator, covers it all: getting started, writing material, finding places to perform, making performances better, getting seen by the right people, coping with hecklers and "rough crowds," protecting your comedy material, getting an agent, creating a press kit, booking gigs, and much more. Readers will find tips for breaking into specialized areas such as comedy book publishing, the college market, corporate shows, merchandising, and writing for other comics. Anyone with dreams of making money as a comic will need this straight-talking guide.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781581154115
ISBN-10: 1581154119
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 153mm x 14mm)
Pages: 240
Imprint: Allworth Press,U.S.
Publisher: Allworth Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 1-Mar-2005
Country of Publication: United States


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Author Biography - Dave Schwenson

Dave Schwensen served as talent coordinator for A&E's An Evening at the Improv and for the Improv Comedy Clubs in both New York and Los Angeles. The president of Dave Schwensen Entertainment, he has been a comedy consultant for such clients as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Late Night with David Letterman, and Comedy Central. He gives comedy workshops and seminars across the U.S.A. and is the author of How to Be a Working Comic.