3 Books Every Comic Should Read

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Amy Schumer's The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

This book was hilarious. It's a memoir-style, with funny stories from her life.

Those looking to become a stand-up comedian would be wise to read one chapter in particular: How To Become A Stand-up Comedian [difficult to decipher, I know].

I agree with nearly everything she says on the topic. Though our experiences differ regarding open mics [to say nothing of our differing levels of success]. 

In my experience, open mics are good for only one thing: running your set. Getting used to performing with lights on your face in front of a faceless mass of audience members who don't want to listen to you takes practice. Open mics are perfect for that. 

But they're terrible for everything else. Especially trying to find out if your stuff is funny.

Nobody wants to be there. They're too busy mentally rehearsing their own jokes to listen to yours. And even if they are listening, the best compliment you can ever get from a comedian is "ha" and maybe a half smile [it's the thought that counts].

But I digress...

Ms. Schumer's storytelling kept my interest throughout the book. But not only that, she found humor along the way. Her stories weren't just interesting, they were funny - a skill that a lot of developing storytelling comedians could improve.

This book is fun, honest, and highly recommended for comics and anyone with a sense of humor.

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The Comedians, Kliph Nesteroff

 

I think you'd enjoy this book even if you don't identify as comedian.

Mr. Nesteroff produces a salient story of the history of American comedy from the Vaudeville days to radio, through the early nightclubs (think the Copacabana), to Las Vegas and to today.

He merges firsthand interviews with historical sources and comes out with a story that, I hope, gives you an informed perspective on comedy's roots. 

That all sounds terribly dry. 

But it's not. 

It's entertaining! [Which I never thought I'd say about a history book.]

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The Comedy Bible, by Judy Carter

In The Comedy Bible, Ms. Carter gives us a 30-day plan to produce a new [and for many of us, our first] 5-minute set.

I recommend this book to anyone wanting to learn how to become a comedian. And even those who already are and need some writing help. 

I consistently find myself referring to some of the lessons for a refresher on writing. Even if I'm feeling great about where I am in developing my act, I'll still flip to various sections to use writing prompts. 

If you're just starting out, this is a must-read. And even if not, it's easily worth its price to develop another 5 minutes. 

 

 
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