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Foreword: Will Gompertz, BBC Arts Editor Act 1: On Stage Identity/Off-Stage Process 1. Directing the Persona: The Comedic Self 2. Where Comic Ideas Come From (And How to Cultivate Them) 3. How Directors & Stand-Ups Work Together Act 2: Writing & Performing Stand-up 4. The Interplay Between Writing and Performance 5. Writing Jokes: Afterthoughts & Beforethoughts 6. Re-Writing Jokes: To Fix Them, Improve Them and Suit the Teller 7. It Takes Two: Incongruity, Transpositions, Analogies, Personification & Bathos 8. Developing and Structuring Stories & Routines 9. Set-up/Payoff in Stories & Routines 10. Directing the Stand-up Performance Act 3: Full Length Shows & Theatre 11.Developing and Structuring Full-Length Shows 12. Vulnerability and Pain in Stand-up Shows 13. Case Study: The Naked Racist 14. Stand-Ups Do Theatre 15. Theatre Makers Influenced by Stand-up Afterword: The End
The only book to explore the stand-up's creative relationship with their director and to offer insights from the director's perspective for stand-up comedians and those supporting them.
Chris Head has established himself as one of the UK's leading comedy coaches and has twenty years' experience as a director of live shows. As director he has worked on shows at all the major venues of the Edinburgh Fringe, across London including Soho and Bloomsbury Theatres, on national UK tours and internationally at the likes of Melbourne and Adelaide Comedy Festivals, and LA Shorts Comedy Film Festival.
It opened up a world that I didn't know before and haven't stopped exploring since. I hope this book does something similar for you -- From the foreword by Will Gompertz