So you want to be the next Eddie Murphy or Joan Rivers! Butwhat makes
people laugh, anyway? How do you know if you're naturally funny or need to
develop acting skills? What types of comedy are "in" out there, and
where can you perform? The answers to these and other questions can be
found right here. Whether you're aspiring to be a standup, join a comedy
troupe, or simply broaden your acting skills, this basic handbook gives
you friendly advice on climbing the ropes of our most laughable profession.
Written by a comic with a lifetime's experience, Funny Business explains
how to develop and perform a smooth, hilarious act, with discussions of:
- where to find comedy material and how to write original one-liners
- the importance of makeup, costumes, props, and music in your
performanceand how to choose what's right for you
- timing: the all-important factor in getting laughs
- how to deal with stage fright (even famous comedians get it!)
- how to analyze your audience, tailor material to different
groups, interact with themand fend off hecklers
- the crucial practical facts: how to get started, where to get
work, whether to join a union, get a manager or agent...
- and much more.
If you want to be funny for money, or for the fun of it, read this
book and learn the method to this madness!
Foreword by Phyllis Diller.
- Ken Berryhill has performed comedy on stage,
TV, and radio for most of his life. His experience includes roles
as a standup comic, disc jockey, clown, and puppeteer, as well
as humor columnist. He teaches a popular course on "How to Be a
Comedian/Comedienne" at Memphis State University in Tennessee and makes
his "straight" living as an insurance salesman.