Born Standing Up

Born Standing Up
Author: Steve Martin
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2008-09-04
ISBN: 1847395848
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Born Standing Up Book Excerpt:

Steve Martin has been an international star for over thirty years. Here, for the first time, he looks back to the beginning of his career and charmingly evokes the young man he once was. Born in Texas but raised in California, Steve was seduced early by the comedy shows that played on the radio when the family travelled back and forth to visit relatives. When Disneyland opened just a couple of miles away from home, an enchanted Steve was given his first chance to learn magic and entertain an audience. He describes how he noted the reaction to each joke in a ledger - 'big laugh' or 'quiet' - and assiduously studied the acts of colleagues, stealing jokes when needed. With superb detail, Steve recreates the world of small, dark clubs and the fear and exhilaration of standing in the spotlight. While a philosophy student at UCLA, he worked hard at local clubs honing his comedy and slowly attracting a following until he was picked up to write for TV. From here on, Steve Martin became an acclaimed comedian, packing out venues nationwide. One night, however, he noticed empty seats and realised he had 'reached the top of the rollercoaster'. BORN STANDING UP is a funny and riveting chronicle of how Steve Martin became the comedy genius we now know and is also a fascinating portrait of an era.

Summary of Steve Martin s Born Standing Up

Summary of Steve Martin s Born Standing Up
Author: Everest Media,
Publsiher: Everest Media LLC
Total Pages: 21
Release: 2022-05-27T22:59:00Z
ISBN: 1669388778
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Summary of Steve Martin s Born Standing Up Book Excerpt:

Please note: This is a companion version & not the original book. Sample Book Insights: #1 Stand-up comedy is rarely performed in ideal circumstances. The comedian’s enemy is distraction, and rarely do comics get a pristine performing environment. I was not naturally talented, but I was not self-destructive.

Performing Live Comedy

Performing Live Comedy
Author: Chris Ritchie
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2013-12-02
ISBN: 1408147246
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Performing Live Comedy Book Excerpt:

Comedy is a global multibillion dollar industry and it is also one of the easiest ones to get into. Performing Live Comedy is for anyone who has ever thought about getting up onstage and being funny or for those who have already started. It offers a breakdown of the process of live comedy and provides a basic toolbox for the student and aspirant comedian, covering all aspects of live comedy such as stand-up, music, double acts, ventriloquists and magicians. Gender, sexuality, ethnicity and disability are also covered in this book as well as ethical considerations on what we should or should not joke about. The book breaks down the entire process of live comedy from writing a simple one-liner to creating a complete act, from organising an open spot at the local comedy club to getting into the Edinburgh Festival and running your own venue. Performing Live Comedy is full of advice and original interviews with comedians and writers currently involved in the comedy industry such as Rob Grant (Red Dwarf), Shazia Merza, Henning Wehn, Ed Aczel, Paul Zerdin and Lucy Greaves.

Bay Area Stand Up Comedy

Bay Area Stand Up Comedy
Author: Nina G,OJ Patterson
Publsiher: Arcadia Publishing
Total Pages: 176
Release: 2022-02-14
ISBN: 1439674469
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Bay Area Stand Up Comedy Book Excerpt:

Comedians of the San Francisco Bay Area changed comedy forever. From visiting acts like Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and Whoopi Goldberg to local favorites who still maintain their following and legacy, the Bay Area has long been a place for comedians to develop their voice and hone their stand-up skills. Popular spots included Cobb's, the Purple Onion, Brainwash and the holy grail of San Francisco comedy during the 1980s boom, the Holy City Zoo. For more than seventy years, these iconic venues and others fostered talents like Ali Wong, Moshe Kasher and the Smothers Brothers, introducing them to local crowds and the world beyond. Join comedians Nina G and OJ Patterson on a hilarious and thoughtful tour through the history of Bay Area comedy.

The Stability of Laughter

The Stability of Laughter
Author: James Nikopoulos
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-12-17
ISBN: 042963966X
Category: Literary Criticism
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Stability of Laughter Book Excerpt:

A "sad and corrupt" age, a period of "crisis" and "upheaval"—what T.S. Eliot famously summed up as "the panorama of futility and anarchy which is contemporary history." Modernism has always been characterized by its self-conscious sense of suffering. Why, then, was it so obsessed with laughter? From Baudelaire, Nietzsche, Bergson and Freud to Pirandello, Beckett, Hughes, Barnes, and Joyce, no moment in cultural history has written about laughter this much. James Nikopoulos investigates modernity’s paradoxical relationship with mirth. Why was the gesture we conventionally associate with happiness deemed the only sensible way of responding to a world, as Max Weber wrote, that had been "disenchanted of its gods?" In answering these questions, Nikopoulos also delves into our ongoing relationship with laughter. He looks to contemporary research in emotion and evolutionary theory, as well as to the two-thousand-plus-year history of the philosophy of humor, in order to propose a novel way of understanding laughter, humor, and their complicated relationships with modern life. The Stability of Laughter explores how art unsettles the simplifications we revert to in our attempts to make sense of human history and social interaction.

So Good They Can t Ignore You

So Good They Can t Ignore You
Author: Cal Newport
Publsiher: Hachette UK
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016-12-01
ISBN: 0349415870
Category: Business & Economics
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

So Good They Can t Ignore You Book Excerpt:

Cal Newport's clearly-written manifesto flies in the face of conventional wisdom by suggesting that it should be a person's talent and skill - and not necessarily their passion - that determines their career path. Newport, who graduated from Dartmouth College (Phi Beta Kappa) and earned a PhD. from MIT, contends that trying to find what drives us, instead of focusing on areas in which we naturally excel, is ultimately harmful and frustrating to job seekers. The title is a direct quote from comedian Steve Martin who, when once asked why he was successful in his career, immediately replied: "Be so good they can't ignore you" and that's the main basis for Newport's book. Skill and ability trump passion. Inspired by former Apple CEO Steve Jobs' famous Stanford University commencement speech in which Jobs urges idealistic grads to chase their dreams, Newport takes issue with that advice, claiming that not only is thsi advice Pollyannish, but that Jobs himself never followed his own advice. From there, Newport presents compelling scientific and contemporary case study evidence that the key to one's career success is to find out what you do well, where you have built up your 'career capital,' and then to put all of your efforts into that direction.

Kant s Humorous Writings

Kant   s Humorous Writings
Author: Robert R. Clewis
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 280
Release: 2020-11-12
ISBN: 1350112801
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Kant s Humorous Writings Book Excerpt:

While Kant is commonly regarded as one of the most austere philosophers of all time, this book provides quite a different perspective of the founder of transcendental philosophy. Kant is often thought of as being boring, methodical, and humorless. Yet the thirty jokes and anecdotes collected and illustrated here for the first time reveal a man and a thinker who was deeply interested in how humor and laughter shape how we think, feel, and communicate with fellow human beings. In addition to a foreword on Kant's theory of humor by Noël Carroll as well as Clewis's informative chapters, Kant's Humorous Writings contains new translations of Kant's jokes, quips, and anecdotes. Each of the thirty excerpts is illustrated and supplemented by historical commentaries which explain their significance.

Healing from Despair

Healing from Despair
Author: Elie Kaplan Spitz,Erica Shapiro Taylor,Abraham J. Twerski
Publsiher: Jewish Lights Publishing
Total Pages: 171
Release: 2010-09-01
ISBN: 1580234364
Category: Religion
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Healing from Despair Book Excerpt:

Through healing, brokenness can become a source of hope and blessing. This wise and helpful guide traces the path of suffering from despair to depression to desperation to the turning point where suffering can be transformed into blessing.

White Lines 2 Born

White Lines 2  Born
Author: Tracy Brown
Publsiher: St. Martin's Griffin
Total Pages: 80
Release: 2014-10-07
ISBN: 1466868627
Category: Fiction
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

White Lines 2 Born Book Excerpt:

The drama continues in WHITE LINES 2: BORN by Essence bestselling author Tracy Brown. Life with Born seems good, but all his love can't save Jada from a crack addiction. Completely strung out, Jada will stop at nothing to get the white lines she endlessly craves—even if it means selling her body for drugs and cash. But how far can Jada fall before she truly hits bottom?

Atomic Habits

Atomic Habits
Author: James Clear
Publsiher: Random House
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2018-10-18
ISBN: 1473537800
Category: Self-Help
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Atomic Habits Book Excerpt:

THE PHENOMENAL INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER: 1 MILLION COPIES SOLD Transform your life with tiny changes in behaviour, starting now. People think that when you want to change your life, you need to think big. But world-renowned habits expert James Clear has discovered another way. He knows that real change comes from the compound effect of hundreds of small decisions: doing two push-ups a day, waking up five minutes early, or holding a single short phone call. He calls them atomic habits. In this ground-breaking book, Clears reveals exactly how these minuscule changes can grow into such life-altering outcomes. He uncovers a handful of simple life hacks (the forgotten art of Habit Stacking, the unexpected power of the Two Minute Rule, or the trick to entering the Goldilocks Zone), and delves into cutting-edge psychology and neuroscience to explain why they matter. Along the way, he tells inspiring stories of Olympic gold medalists, leading CEOs, and distinguished scientists who have used the science of tiny habits to stay productive, motivated, and happy. These small changes will have a revolutionary effect on your career, your relationships, and your life. ________________________________ A NEW YORK TIMES AND SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER 'A supremely practical and useful book.' Mark Manson, author of The Subtle Art of Not Giving A F*ck 'James Clear has spent years honing the art and studying the science of habits. This engaging, hands-on book is the guide you need to break bad routines and make good ones.' Adam Grant, author of Originals 'Atomic Habits is a step-by-step manual for changing routines.' Books of the Month, Financial Times 'A special book that will change how you approach your day and live your life.' Ryan Holiday, author of The Obstacle is the Way

Getting the Joke

Getting the Joke
Author: Oliver Double
Publsiher: A&C Black
Total Pages: 368
Release: 2013-11-07
ISBN: 1408177692
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Getting the Joke Book Excerpt:

'This is the kind of book that troubles grey-suited committees of academic peers. It's too enjoyable. But that, given its subject, is just what it ought to be, and it treats that subject seriously . . . There isn't a “dull” page anywhere in the book.' – Professor Peter Thomson, Studies in Theatre and Performance Comedy is changing: stand-up comedians routinely sell out stadia, their audience-figures swollen by panel-show appearances and much-followed Twitter feeds. Meanwhile, the smaller clubs are filling up, with audiences as well as aspirants. How can we make sense of it all? This new edition of Getting the Joke gives an insider's look at the spectrum of modern comedy, re-examining the world of stand-up in the internet age. Drawing on his acclaimed first edition, Oliver Double focuses in greater detail on the US scene and its comedians (such as David Cross, Sarah Silverman, Louis CK, Demetri Martin and Margaret Cho); the 'DIY' comedy circuit and its celebrated apostles and visionaries, from Josie Long to Stewart Lee; the growing importance of the solo stand-up show; the role played by Twitter (including an interview with the organiser of the world's first comedy gig on Twitter), and the driving force that is the TV guest slot, be it on Mock the Week or Live at the Apollo. With expanded sections on joke construction, as well as ways to challenge the audience, and a host of new and updated exercises to guide the aspiring comedian, this new edition of Getting the Joke is the only book to combine the history of stand-up comedy with an analysis of the elements and methods that go into its creation. Featuring a range of interviews with working comedians – from circuit veterans to new kids on the block – combined with the author's vast experience, this is a must read for any aspiring stand-up comedian.

A Cultural History of Comedy in the Modern Age

A Cultural History of Comedy in the Modern Age
Author: Louise Peacock
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-12-30
ISBN: 1350187836
Category: History
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

A Cultural History of Comedy in the Modern Age Book Excerpt:

Drawing together contributions by scholars from a variety of fields, including theater, film and television, sociology, and visual culture, this volume explores the range and diversity of comedic performance and comic forms in the modern age. It covers a range of forms and examples from 1920 to the present day, including plays, film, television comedy, live comedy, and comedy on social media. It argues that the period covered was marked by an explosion of comic forms and a flowering of comic creativity across a range of media. From the communal watching of silent films at the start of the period, to the use of Twitter and other online platforms to share and comment on comedy, technology has brought about significant changes in its form, consumption, and social effects. As comic forms have shifted and developed, so too have attitudes to what comedy can and cannot do. This study considers its role in entertainment and in provoking consideration of a range of social and political topics. Each chapter takes a different theme as its focus: form, theory, praxis, identities, the body, politics and power, laughter, and ethics. These eight different approaches to comedy add up to an extensive, synoptic coverage of the subject.

Lost in Thought

Lost in Thought
Author: Zena Hitz
Publsiher: Princeton University Press
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2021-08-24
ISBN: 0691229198
Category: Philosophy
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lost in Thought Book Excerpt:

An invitation to readers from every walk of life to rediscover the impractical splendors of a life of learning In an overloaded, superficial, technological world, in which almost everything and everybody is judged by its usefulness, where can we turn for escape, lasting pleasure, contemplation, or connection to others? While many forms of leisure meet these needs, Zena Hitz writes, few experiences are so fulfilling as the inner life, whether that of a bookworm, an amateur astronomer, a birdwatcher, or someone who takes a deep interest in one of countless other subjects. Drawing on inspiring examples, from Socrates and Augustine to Malcolm X and Elena Ferrante, and from films to Hitz's own experiences as someone who walked away from elite university life in search of greater fulfillment, Lost in Thought is a passionate and timely reminder that a rich life is a life rich in thought. Today, when even the humanities are often defended only for their economic or political usefulness, Hitz says our intellectual lives are valuable not despite but because of their practical uselessness. And while anyone can have an intellectual life, she encourages academics in particular to get back in touch with the desire to learn for its own sake, and calls on universities to return to the person-to-person transmission of the habits of mind and heart that bring out the best in us. Reminding us of who we once were and who we might become, Lost in Thought is a moving account of why renewing our inner lives is fundamental to preserving our humanity.

Dalton Trumbo

Dalton Trumbo
Author: Larry Ceplair,Christopher Trumbo
Publsiher: University Press of Kentucky
Total Pages: 716
Release: 2015-01-13
ISBN: 0813146828
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dalton Trumbo Book Excerpt:

James Dalton Trumbo (1905--1976) is widely recognized for his work as a screenwriter, playwright, and author, but he is also remembered as one of the Hollywood Ten who opposed the House Un-American Activities Committee. Refusing to answer questions about his prior involvement with the Communist Party, Trumbo sacrificed a successful career in Hollywood to stand up for his rights and defend political freedom. In Dalton Trumbo, authors Larry Ceplair and Christopher Trumbo present their extensive research on the famed writer, detailing his work, his membership in the Communist Party, his long campaign against censorship during the domestic cold war, his ten-month prison sentence for contempt of Congress, and his thirteen-year struggle to break the blacklist. The blacklist ended for Trumbo in 1960, when he received screen credits for Exodus and Spartacus. Just before his death, he received a long-delayed Academy Award for The Brave One, and in 1993, he was posthumously given an Academy Award for Roman Holiday (1953). This comprehensive biography provides insights into the many notable people with whom Trumbo worked, including Stanley Kubrick, Otto Preminger, and Kirk Douglas, and offers a fascinating look at the life of one of Hollywood's most prominent screenwriters and his battle against persecution.

Death Rights and Rites

Death Rights and Rites
Author: Judith Karen Fenley,Oberon Zell
Publsiher: Llewellyn Worldwide
Total Pages: 276
Release: 2020-11-08
ISBN: 0738755397
Category: Body, Mind & Spirit
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Death Rights and Rites Book Excerpt:

Death Rights & Rites presents practical information for approaching death and dying with a sense of personal and sacred meaning. You will learn how to navigate the practical, legal, and spiritual issues related to home-based dying, home funerals, and alternative burial methods. This book assists those who want to approach dying with a deeper sense of purpose and advocates for those who want to care for loved ones as they pass in a way that supports the best medical care and the emotional needs of the community. It is possible to manifest your deepest spiritual values before, during, and after death. Within these pages, you will discover alternative death ways that are sustainable, artful, sacred, and supportive.

The Dark Side of Stand Up Comedy

The Dark Side of Stand Up Comedy
Author: Patrice A. Oppliger,Eric Shouse
Publsiher: Springer Nature
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2020-04-10
ISBN: 3030372146
Category: Performing Arts
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Dark Side of Stand Up Comedy Book Excerpt:

This book focuses on the “dark side” of stand-up comedy, initially inspired by speculations surrounding the death of comedian Robin Williams. Contributors, those who study humor as well as those who perform comedy, join together to contemplate the paradoxical relationship between tragedy and comedy and expose over-generalizations about comic performers’ troubled childhoods, addictions, and mental illnesses. The book is divided into two sections. First, scholars from a variety of disciplines explore comedians’ onstage performances, their offstage lives, and the relationship between the two. The second half of the book focuses on amateur and lesser-known professional comedians who reveal the struggles they face as they attempt to hone successful comedy acts and likable comic personae. The goal of this collection is to move beyond the hackneyed stereotype of the sad clown in order to reveal how stand-up comedy can transform both personal and collective tragedies by providing catharsis through humor.

Straight Talk to Teachers

Straight Talk to Teachers
Author: Bruce Gevirtzman
Publsiher: R&L Education
Total Pages: 208
Release: 2009-11-16
ISBN: 1607090392
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Straight Talk to Teachers Book Excerpt:

In a no-holds-barred, candid delivery, this book drives directly to the core of what makes an extraordinary teacher, and presents an honest appraisal of why some teachers fail.

Have a Little Faith

Have a Little Faith
Author: Michael Elliott,Elvis Costello
Publsiher: Chicago Review Press
Total Pages: 320
Release: 2021-09-14
ISBN: 1641604239
Category: Music
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Have a Little Faith Book Excerpt:

"You already know John Hiatt is one of our best songwriters, but what you might not know is his life is as great a story as his songs. . . . I thought I knew my John Hiatt, but I learned a lot." —David Menconi, author of Step It Up and Go A journey through an artist's quest for success, deep dive into substance abuse, family tragedy, and ultimate triumph By the mid-1980s, singer-songwriter John Hiatt had been dropped from three record labels, burned through two marriages, and had fallen deep into substance abuse. It took a stint in rehab and a new marriage to inspire him, then a producer and an A&R man to have a little faith. By February 1987, he was back in the studio on a shoestring budget with a hand-picked supergroup consisting of Ry Cooder on guitar, Nick Lowe on bass, and Jim Keltner on drums, recording what would become his masterpiece, Bring the Family. Based on author Michael Elliott's multiple extensive and deeply personal interviews with Hiatt as well as his collaborators and contemporaries, including Rosanne Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Ry Cooder, and many others, Have a Little Faithis the journey through the musical landscape of the 1960s through today that places Hiatt's long career in context with the glossy pop, college-alternative, mainstream country, and heartland rock of the last half-century. Hiatt's life both pre- and post-Family will be revealed, as well as the music loved by critics, fellow musicians, and fans alike.

Angels Let s Talk

Angels  Let s Talk
Author: Orlando Constantine
Publsiher: Orlando Constantine
Total Pages: 672
Release: 2007-10-01
ISBN: 1434812847
Category: Electronic Book
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Angels Let s Talk Book Excerpt:

The anointing received is the deciding factor of the truth on this subject, which is unparallel in content as being current, biblical and to the point. Why are you angels here, where are you coming from and do you give a ?damn? where you are going!? This book intend to bring a resolution to these questions and if eternal damnation is obvious, redemption is also plausible; as one extremity has a equal opposite, except in the case of God. "Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool" (Isaiah 1:18).

Exploring Teachers in Fiction and Film

Exploring Teachers in Fiction and Film
Author: Melanie Shoffner
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2016-03-31
ISBN: 1317371682
Category: Education
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Exploring Teachers in Fiction and Film Book Excerpt:

This book about teachers as characters in popular media examines what can be learned from fictional teachers for the purposes of educating real teachers. Its aim is twofold: to examine the constructed figure of the teacher in film, television and text and to apply that examination in the context of teacher education. By exploring the teacher construct, readers are able to consider how popular fiction and film have influenced society’s understandings and views of classroom teachers. Organized around four main themes—Identifying with the Teacher Image; Constructing the Teacher with Content; Imaging the Teacher as Savior; The Teacher Construct as Commentary—the chapters examine the complicated mixture of fact, stereotype and misrepresentation that create the image of the teacher in the public eye today. This examination, in turn, allows teacher educators to use popular culture as curriculum. Using the fictional teacher as a text, preservice—and practicing—teachers can examine positive and negative (and often misleading) representations of teachers in order to develop as teachers themselves.