Learn how to fearlessly craft material, book your first gig and thrive onstage.
Does anything really beat the feeling of making someone laugh? Friend. Colleague. Wife. Cashier. It doesn’t really matter who the target it is. When a joke lands and a smile cracks, there’s real satisfaction in it. The more people you can make laugh at once, the better. It’s what makes stand-up comedy so appealing! Making a room full of people roar with laughter is a win like nothing else. But, how do you take your first step on the comedy scene and put yourself in running for the prize? Even if you’ve never set foot on stage before? And how do you do it with minimum fear and maximum chance of succeeding? James Crawley’s ‘A Confident Start in Stand-Up Comedy’ is the beginner’s guide written to answer all the common questions of an aspiring comic.
After reading this book, you’ll know how to:
Uncover your comedic style so being funny and having fun on stage comes naturally
Craft your own material with ease even if you think you’d never know how to write stand-up comedy
Perform stand-up comedy with confidence from the start even if you’ve never set foot on stage before
Book your first gigs without having hours of stage time behind you
Improve as a comedian so you can fasttrack your way to better opportunities
Build a support network to help make the hard times in comedy much easier
Memorise your material with no problem so you can relax, be a confident performer, and have more fun in front of a crowd
Conduct yourself as a reputable comedian to ensure people are saying great things about you and recommending you across the circuit
“A great primer to guide the way through the initial steps of stand-up. You can take it, apply it and be gigging in no time” Rhys Howell, Comedian and founder of Dog N Bone Improv
The best bit: you can learn all this in a day!
Scratch that, an afternoon. A morning. A suspiciously long bathroom visit… James admits he is not good at reading books. Which is why, when to his surprise, he found himself wanting to write one, he knew it would need to be full of golden nuggets of knowledge that could be taken in and used right away. A Confident Start in Stand-Up Comedy was written to make sure you really can go away better prepared and ready to succeed, without overwhelm.
No, this isn’t written by a TV comedian… But it’s written by a comedian who’s been there and done that recently.
A comedian who’s still an active part of the South West comedy scene and excited about the prospect of encouraging others to join in. A comedian and promoter who knows what it’s like to be eager to make a success of your comedy career even from those early gigs, and to want to cut back on wasted time and maximise on time making people laugh! Because “it’s a privilege”.
Grab a copy, honour the inner buzz and encouraging mate that whispers “you’ve got what it takes” and find out how to be a confident comic who proves them right!
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James Crawley is a storytelling stand-up and MC from the South West of England, known for his mix of contemplative wit, unabashed silliness and ability to mix the heartfelt with the hilarious. Passionate about encouraging and supporting other aspiring comics, James also writes and teaches on making a confident start in stand-up comedy.