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The Complete Resource for Aspiring Comedians
Brian McKim and Traci Skene - All books by this author

Readers who have both the ambition and the desire to get started on a career in comedy will find advice, information, and direction in this unusual new book. The authors— both successful standup comics—discuss the different forms of comedy and help readers determine which style of humor matches their personalities. An early chapter analyzes things and situations that make people laugh, such as surprise, incongruity, embarrassment, and absurdity. Chapters that follow explain the fundamentals of comic writing and comic performance, and then go on to focus on comedy’s different forms: standup performance, variety acts, musical comedy, sketch writing, sitcom writing, and print humor, which includes everything from creating cartoon art to writing comedy nonfiction books. A final chapter looks at comedy’s business side—contacts, agents, venues, and the challenges involved in making a living at comedy. More than 300 illustrations.


Can’t get enough laughter? So, you wanna be a comedian? Visit Brian McKim and Traci Skene’s “The Comedy Bible Blog” www.thecomedybible.net. This site features videos of their stand-up performances and TV network appearances, cool comedy links, press releases and more information about the book.

About The Author:
Brian McKim
and Traci Skene are writers and a standup comedy team. They were featured in Season 7 of NBC’s Last Comic Standing. They are also creators of the Web site SHECKYmagazine.com.


Hardcover w/hidden spiral binding / 256 Pages / 6 1/4 x 8 1/4 / 2011


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