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  • The New Comedy Bible

  • The Ultimate Guide to Writing and Performing Stand-Up Comedy
  • Written by: Judy Carter
  • Narrated by: Judy Carter
  • Length: 6 hrs and 24 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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The New Comedy Bible is a step-by-step, no excuses manual for writing, performing, and launching your career as a stand-up comic. Written by Judy Carter, the author of The Comedy Bible (2001), which was called by The Washington Post and Forbes as a “Comedy Essential”. This new book, penned in classic Carter’s style - part career coach and part comedy dominatrix - has 100 percent new content where you will:

  • Partake in 48 new exercises to turn your problems into punchlines.
  • Create 60 minutes of new material.
  • Discover your authentic comedy persona.
  • Conquer stage fright and slay hecklers.
  • Push part procrastination and get booked.

Whether you’re a beginner just starting out or a pro looking to create new material for your next Netflix Comedy Special, Carter’s proven methods are legendary among today’s top performers. Alumni of her workshops include: Seth Rogan, Hannah Gadsby, Sherri Sheppard, and Maz Jobrani, among others. As Lily Tomlin says, "Judy Carter helps others find their authentic persona and communicate in a way that makes audiences laugh." Interviewed by Oprah Winfrey, she said, “Judy Carter can show you how to make your sense of humor pay off.”

The exercises in this book will get you off the couch and onto the stage, helping you develop the skills necessary to envision, and achieve, a successful career in comedy.

©2020 Indie Books International (P)2020 Judy Carter

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Fun Exercises

Thanks, Judy Carter! This book is the perfect tool at to tackle the stage. Can't wait to give it a go!

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The Consummate Guide to Comedy

The Comedy Bible breaks down strategies, tools and techniques to get funny.
There are 3 subtle signs that this book is valuable
1. If you apply the exercises you will learn to apply the lessons
2. You will be opened and focussed to find a comedy bible
3. The hard copy version of the book, is really great as a doorstop to keep wind-blown doors from slamming.

In all seriousness, Judy Carter is a pro and knows her stuff - the updated version leverages modern-day comics and cites best practices.

If you need to add humour to your speeches or want to try your hand at a local open mic, get yourself a comedy buddy and work through this book.

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  • Lluvia Guerra
  • 2021-02-22

PDF workbook

I wish this included, if not the entire Comedy Bible Workbook, at least the pages where the exercises are discussed. Having said that, amazing book and it made me even more of a Judy Carter fan. Thank you!!!

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  • D. A. Xavier
  • 2023-01-01

Essential reading for all stand-up comics

Loved this! I've been a stand-up comic for 5+ years. I'm also a speaker and storyteller. I wish I read this 5 years ago. I'm inspired to breathe new life into my act. Thank you so much.

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  • Shawn
  • 2022-08-23

A little too woke for myself.

The idea that only certain people can tell certain jokes creates further racial and gender division. Everything and everyone should be fair game within reason of course.

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  • Robbie Toussaint
  • 2022-12-07

I’m a working comic

This book helped me to make the material I had better and helped me to
Understand why my jokes were working and how to get another hour.

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  • stinky bum
  • 2022-11-20

BEST book for stand up comedians

I’ve been doing standup for about 12 years and I’ve taken multiple training courses, I recently read Judy’s book and I have to tell you, this is the best, most comprehensive book I’ve ever come across. I referred her book to many comedians and the feedback that I received is the same, thank you so much Judy for writing this book, I do hope to meet you someday.

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  • miguel
  • 2022-08-08

Fantastic Book

great from start to finish. My favorite part is the author mispronouncing every comic's name. genuinely great joke writing advice found inside.

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  • Flor
  • 2022-07-18

Horrible!

Buy only if you want to hear: “go to blabla.com every other sentence. Bad voice, bad recording.

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  • linda libby
  • 2022-06-30

This Book Got Me to Do My First Standup Gig!

Always wanted to be a standup comic? Get this book. It's a step by step guide to developing original material that's authentically yours. Judy Carter is brilliant and her guidance is easy to follow (hard to do all the exercises but that's why I now have this in print, Kindle and Audible bc it's become my go-to text). Since reading this I booked, performed and killed it at my first standup gig (I'm sure the bomb will drop at some point, but man does this book prepare you for that!). I am now booking shows for the rest of the summer - not bc anyone wants me particularly - rather Judy's book gave me the confidence to say "fuck it, I'm going on stage now bc it's what I want to do." Again, get this book if you want to do or improve your standup, it's awesome.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-06-20

Some good bits if you’re patient.

This book has some great advice for people who are starting standup from scratch. However, much of it is wedged between dated information and some pretty hacky stuff. For this being the “Comedy Bible” it was pretty wild to hear the author mispronounce the names of 5 big comics. At one point she includes a joke and says she forgot the author’s name. She then asks people to write her if they know who to attribute the quote to. The exercises are good for getting a feel for the joke forms, but a lot of them will lead to some pretty tired jokes. Recommended for newcomers with a grain of salt.

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  • Cristy Wilson
  • 2022-02-02

A little political, the rest is great

This is great. Good, Loved it. Will listen to it 3 more times as I actually work through it.
BUT, I don't know why she wastes energy on venting on the former president.
Would have liked advice on how to transition out of the pattern to sound more original once you know the rules, Everyone can't sound the same on stage.
But I have read the real book and liked it, and I recommend this AUDIBLE, way better, her expressions and notes are great.
I like her cat and dog joke, not sure all is hack?
I read and listened and now its time to do. :) Thanks. Would recommend, with the warning that political jabs are old.
Oh, and this book has a Facebook page, is great for finding a comedy buddy!