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The Best Resources For Stand-Up Comedians

You can’t be a successful stand-up comedian without the right resources.

We’ve scoured the web and have checked out some of the best resources to help you break into the comedy scene!

Here are our favorite finds!

Step by Step to Stand-up Comedy by Greg Dean

Looking to break into stand-up or enhance your own material? Greg Dean breaks it down for us in this comprehensive step-by-step manual with the “Three Mechanisms of Laughter” that breaks down joke writing in a simple format that is both insightful and easy to understand. Along with other tips, you’ll learn how to create your first joke or improve what you already have, handle hecklers, and improve your overall performance to ensure you turn your natural humor into a covetable skill.

Let's Talk About Sets

We always love finding resources from comics learning as they go and Let’s Talk About Sets features Jeff McBride and Harrison Tweed discussing “the science of stand-up comedy” in a playful and fun format.

Such guests include Harrison Greenbaum, Usama Siddiquee, and Myq Kaplan giving their takes on joke writing, performance, and much more. Definitely worth checking out.

The 10 Secrets to Writing Stand-Up From Judd Apatow

Comedy is much more than just writing and performing stand-up. It is something where you have to learn things beyond the stage to really succeed. In this masterclass by Judd Apatow, we are taught to write, direct, produce, and perform comedy for film and television with insight to the business and Apatow’s story of how he came to be a success.

The Serious Guide To Joke Writing By Sally Holloway

Both experienced and novice joke tellers alike will appreciate this insightful guide that uses very straightforward techniques to allow you to take a structured approach to your comedy writing. Not only will it inspire you, but it will also help you develop a style that is effective on the stage and true to you as a comedian.

Stage Time Magazine

Designed as an online magazine, Stage Time covers both the craft and business of comedy. Emerging as one of the leading media sources, Stage Time provides comedians with informative interviews, career advice articles and insightful commentary that will change your perspective to seeing comedy as a full-fledged industry versus just being an art.

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