Stand-Up - On Being a Comedian
Published by Methuen
Why do club audiences howl with glee at Bernard Manning's violent jokes about Pakistanis ?
What made audiences break out in fights at Alexei Sayle's early gigs ?
How did stand-up comedy begin and why has it exploded into such a huge industry now encompassing a criss-crossing network of clubs, concerts, television and radio ?
And what happens to a comedian when stepping out to face the audience ?
Stand-Up! is the first book to both analyse the background of stand-up and take us inside the world of being a solo comedian
Oliver Double writes a lively history of the traditions - from its roots in music hall and variety to today's club and alternative comedy scene