How To Be A Working Comic

An Insider's Business Guide To A Career In Stand-Up Comedy - Revisited, Revised & Revamped


Foreword by Ray Romano

Offering more insiders’ advice than any other manual, this book shows you how to try out material; get onstage experience; market your act to talent bookers, agents, and managers; go on the road; get on television, and much more. Supplementing the author’s own expertise are his interviews with more than sixteen proven talents, including Drew Carey, Carrot Top, Jeff Foxworthy, Margaret Cho, Shang Forbes, The Amazing Johnathan, Tommy Smothers and Budd Friedman—all of whom embody the qualities of originality, career know-how, and laughter.




"A MUST for all in the comedy industry." - The Comic Bible


"Full of proactive ideas and hands-on experience... a valuable resource no matter what career level you may have achieved." - Back Stage, The Performing Arts Weekly


Comedy Workshop

Creating & Writing Comedy Material For Comedians & Humorous Speakers

Learn to take real life experiences and creative ideas onto the comedy stage and speaker's platform. The author of How To Be A Working Comic shares two decades of comedy workshop and coaching experience to cover topics provided by aspiring comedians and humorous speakers.

  • Starting to write comedy material

  • Using your creative license

  • Is your talent for jokes or stories?

  • Writing for your comedy voice

  • Comedy monologue writing techniques

  • Turn great writing into great performances

  • Write for conversations and not for reading

  • Getting your act together



Written in a conversational and easy to read manner the shared advice, collaborations and writing techniques have helped literally hundreds of comedians and humorous speakers in the author's workshops create and write comedy material.


Comedy FAQs And Answers

How The Stand-Up Biz Really Works

This guide to the world of stand-up comedy, written in easy to use Q&A format, provides current and potential comedians with the no nonsense advice they need for every stage of their careers. Schwensen's lively book features interviews with dozens of the top names in stand-up - Ray Romano, George Carlin, Lewis Black, Mark Curry, Brett Butler, Weird Al, Margaret Cho, Dave Attell - all sharing lessons learned along the way. Additional interviews with club owners, talent executives, publicists, and others provide behind the scenes expertise.

The book is divided into four sections devoted to the various phases of developing a successful career in comedy: Pre-Stage, On-Stage, Off-Stage and Back-Stage. Dave and his fellow contributors cover the craft of being an artist and the methods behind the business for those who want to start right now to learn what it takes to follow in the footsteps of the brotherhood of comics. By following the combined wisdom of this talented group of contributors, Comedy FAQ's and Answers offers all aspiring comics a chance to find out if they have what it takes and then, if they do, how to make it to the top.




The Beatles At Shea Stadium

The Story Behind Their Greatest Concert

The Beatles' performance at New York's Shea Stadium on August 15, 1965 is one of the most exciting and important concert events in the history of popular music. Produced by Sid Bernstein and introduced on stage by television legend Ed Sullivan, John, Paul, George and Ringo played, sang, sweated and laughed for a record crowd of 55,600 fans. It was the height of Beatlemania and launched the modern era of outdoor stadium shows.


The Beatles At Shea Stadium tells the story of this concert through researched commentary and exclusive interviews with Beatles insiders, friends and fans.

The story begins in 1963 with Bernstein scheduling the then-unknown group for two concerts at Carnegie Hall and the first wave of U.S. Beatlemania. Follow events leading up to the concert as the Beatles arrive in New York, tape The Ed Sullivan Show and attend a never-before revealed dinner at Rockefeller Center. Then go backstage as they nervously prepare to face their largest live audience. 


The concert and excitement surrounding their performance are described in detail based on unedited live recordings and eyewitness accounts, and gives new insights into making the television special, secret recording session to overdub the live audio for network broadcast, and subsequent restoration of the classic film. Book includes rare photos, memorabilia, and never-before published correspondence, documents and production notes.



The Beatles In Cleveland

Memories, Facts & Photos About The Notorious 1964 & 1966 Concerts

Beatlemania swept across North America when John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show in February, 1964. Hot on the success of their film A Hard Day's Night, the group's 1964 summer tour filled auditoriums with screams of delight and excitement - and in some cases, full-blown fan hysteria. This was the case on September 15th in Cleveland, Ohio when police stopped the show in mid-performance and ordered the Beatles off the stage. The next year, they were banned from appearing in the city that is now home to The Rock'n Roll Hall of Fame.


In August 1966 a scheduling change brought the Beatles back to Cleveland for an outdoor show at Municipal Stadium. The results were the same, but on a much larger scale.

Beatlemania reached a fever pitch as thousands of fans poured from their seats and crashed over police lines to be near their British Idols. It was obvious they could no longer be protected in front of audiences and the first murmurings were overheard that it would be the last tour. The Beatles In Cleveland brings to life both these special moments in time: two of the wildest, out of control concerts in Beatles - and rock - history. Includes eyewitness accounts never before published photos and memorabilia.



Father's Days... And Nights

Humorous Tales From The Frontlines Of Fatherhood

When asked about his children, every dad worth his weight in fatherhood has stories. The best ones are like the collection shared in this book: entertaining, funny and full of love. Author and humorist Dave Schwensen declares his life was never the same after becoming a father - and neither was his nervous system. Thanks to his wife Debutant Deb and their sons Dangerous Paul and Chaos Kevin, the author accepted his diminished family role as instigator and observer and wrote about it every week in his award winning newspaper humor column, Something To Laugh About.

Father's Days... And Nights includes twenty of the author's favorite columns about parenthood from a father's point of view. With the emphasis on family humor, this book is the perfect traveling, waiting room, beach, poolside, easy chair and back yard companion for every family member.


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