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How to Be a Stand-Up Comic

2.88  ·  Rating Details ·  26 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Comedian Richard Belzer promises that he can turn anyone into a stand-up comedian. Here he makes good on that promise and provides a generous helping of laughs in the process. This irreverents and informative book prepares wannabe comedians with tips and inside information from a seasoned veteran. Photographs.
Paperback, 208 pages
Published June 1st 2000 by Citadel (first published June 8th 1988)
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Billy
Jun 22, 2011 Billy rated it it was amazing
there was a time when these things were the internet sites of their day. a small, mass produced humor pamphlet.

i'm not knocking brunch with the belz, but it is also funny how ancient the entire structure is, the ideas inherent within the piece. museums and stuffs.

also, how did i miss the whole natn'l lampoon deals?
Chris
Sep 27, 2010 Chris rated it liked it
For anyone that is interested in getting started as a stand-up comic, this is a good little book to start with. Belzer started with all the great comics at "Catch a Rising Star" in NYC but his career did not caught on like so many that we know today, like Seinfeld, Riser, Steinberg, etc. He gives some great insight as to what a new person who is thinking about getting started in comedy should be aware of. Belzer lets the reader know the process is hard only if you let it get hard and of course, ...more
Tye
Mar 04, 2015 Tye rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
Okay, so this book was humorous and a quick read. It is more of a "Glimpse in the Life" of a comic...a miniature memoir.

Definitely not a "how to" book.

So, take a peak and get a few laughs.
Rachael Mcclain
Aug 06, 2010 Rachael Mcclain rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rachael by: Travis
I was able to read the entire book in an afternoon. There is not a whole lot to it, but I did get some chuckles out of it, so even though I have no plans to be a stand up comic any time soon I cannot call it a waste of an afternoon.
Jose
May 21, 2008 Jose rated it really liked it
i like his stand up better, but the jokes are still funny in this book
Douglas
Jun 29, 2011 Douglas rated it did not like it
poor
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Belzer is the author of four books, the last two of which were a crime fiction series co-written with Michael Black that featured Belzer as the mystery-solving protagonist. I’m Not a Cop, the first of the two, was published in 2008, followed by the sequel, I’m Not a Psychic, in 2009. Belzer penned UFOs, JFK and Elvis: Conspiracies You Don’t Have to Be Crazy to Believe in 2000, and co-authored How ...more
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