Careers in Comedy (Career Resource Library)

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Based on her own experiences with agents, managers, bookers, and club owners, the author provides insight on such topics as, talent representation, salary, and life on the road

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Grade 9 Up-No funny business here. This is one of the best Rosen career guides to come along, for Menzel-Gerrie really knows her stuff. Her book is thorough and loaded with wisdom, which is related in an upbeat style that holds interest. She presents the pros and cons of a comedy career; information on preparing the all-important photo, resume, and audition; expectations for life on the road; the need for a college education; ways to get hired; and dealing with talent representation and bookings. Extensions to related careers in writing, theater, and film are discussed. Helpful and sensible practices are recommended, such as keeping a journal, people watching, setting goals, building a cash reserve, and taking related courses. Useful tips, such as how to deal with complimentary tickets for guests, how to dress, and cashing a paycheck in a distant city are included. Interviews with up-and-coming personalities and mostly good quality black-and-white photos of new and well-known comics add appeal. (One off-color joke is quoted.) There are good examples of resumes and booking confirmation forms. Comedy is very specific on career building; there is little direction for actually developing routines. For that, Stand-Up Comedy (Dell, 1989) by Judy Carter could serve as a helpful tool. The perfect selection for teens who have stars in their eyes, this title will keep their eyes clear and alert.
Diane P. Tuccillo, Mesa Public Library, AZ
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Anything you ever wanted to know about becoming a stand-up comedian may be found in the author's comprehensive text. Along with describing the positive and negative aspects of this type of work, she strongly encourages would-be comedians to complete a college education. The positions of agents and managers are just slightly touched upon; the focus is on the stand-up comedian. Glossary, list of further reading. Kathy Bonnar

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