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Logan Murray has successfully taught the techniques of stand-up comedy to thousands, and in this book he distills his years of experience into the essential skills for a great and enjoyable performance. He will help you find your own creative streak and your funny side, build the confidence to deliver, and explain the finer details of stagecraft, from dealing with hecklers to coping with props. There is a full guide to the practicalities, from finding gigs to securing an agent, with plenty of valuable hints, tips and advice. Drawing on Logan’s years of teaching and his own successful stand-up career, with top tips from some of the most well-known people in the business, it is guaranteed to bring a smile to both your face and that of your future audience.

Be a Great Stand-up includes:

Part one – Theory
Chapter 1: Where do jokes come from?
Chapter 2: Building a joke
Chapter 3: Comedy ground rules
Chapter 4: What sort of comic are you?

Part two – Practical sessions
Chapter 5: Unlocking your creativity
Chapter 6: Emotional exaggeration
Chapter 7: Creating material
Chapter 8: Stagecraft
Chapter 9: Microphone technique
Chapter 10: Hecklers and crowd control
Chapter 11: What other comics think
Chapter 12: Business
Chapter 13: Your first gig
Chapter 14: The future

The Teach Yourself Creative Writing series helps aspiring authors tell their story. Covering a range of genres from science fiction and romantic novels, to illustrated children’s books and comedy, this series is packed with advice, exercises and tips for unlocking creativity and improving your writing. And because we know how daunting the blank page can be, we set up the Just Write online community at tyjustwrite, for budding authors and successful writers to connect and share.


"The author's love for his job shines through...it has inspired me to pencil a date in my diary for my own return to stand-up after a ten-year hiatus."
- www.channel4.com/4laughs
"With advice from several comics and tips on how the business end of comedy works, anyone who reads it will feel empowered, full of confidence that they can take to the stage."
- www.chortle.co.uk
Stand-up is such a visual and oral medium, how could you possibly gain anything other than very basic advice from a self-help book? Logan Murray has succeeded. The highly experienced stand-up and comedy course tutor, has written a very useful guide to starting out as a stand-up comedian.
- LaughRiot.co.uk