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A director's guide to the art of stand-up

Author: Chris Head
Publisher: London ; New York : Methuen Drama, 2018.
Series: Performance books
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Head, Chris.
Director's guide to the art of stand-up comedy.
London ; New York : Methuen Drama, [2018]
(DLC) 2018017555
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Chris Head
ISBN: 9781350035522 1350035521
OCLC Number: 1031432621
Description: xiv, 182 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: Preface --
Foreword / Will Gompertz --
Act 1. On-stage identity/off-stage process. Directing the persona : the comedic self ; Where comic ideas come from (and how to cultivate them) ; How directors and stand-ups work together --
Act 2. Writing and performing stand-up. The interplay between writing and performance ; Writing jokes : afterthoughts and beforethoughts ; Re-writing jokes : to fix them, improve them and suit the teller ; It takes two : incongruity, transpositions, analogies, personification and bathos ; Developing and structuring stories and routines ; Set-up/payoff in stories and routines ; Directing the stand-up performance --
Act 3. Full-length shows and theatre. Developing and structuring full-length shows ; Vulnerability and pain in stand-up shows ; Case study: The naked racist ; Stand-ups do theatre ; Theatre makers influenced by stand-up --
Afterword: The end.
Series Title: Performance books
Responsibility: Chris Head.

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Head's style is refreshingly breezy and simultaneously substantial. He offers practical insights: for example, audiences do not laugh at material, they laugh with or at the performer who discovers a Read more...

 
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