Comic Insights

The Art of Stand-up Comedy


$18.95

  • 289 Pages
  • 6x9 Paper
  • B&W Photos
  • Silman-James Press
  • 9781879505544
  • 1-879505-54-1
  • Available electronic format(s):
    Kindle, iBook,

If you want to make it in stand-up comedy, this book is a must-read. If you want to write comedy, this book is a must-read. If you simply enjoy comedy, this book is a must-read.

Comic Insights contains fascinating, candid, insightful interviews with today’s top comedians, who discuss at length why and how they do what they do.

Louie Anderson   •   Richard Belzer   •   Elayne Boosler
George Carlin   •   Ellen DeGeneres   •   Rich Jeni
Jay Leno   •   Richard Lewis   •   Bill Maher
Paul Reiser   •   Chris Rock   •   Roseanne
Jerry Seinfeld   •   Gary Shandling   •  Sinbad
George Wallace   •   Jonathan Winters

And interviews with noted comedy club owners Budd Friedman and Jamie Masada, agent Irving Arthur, and personal manager Buddy Morra, who discuss careers in stand-up.

Comic Insights also contains Frankyn Ajaye’s essential advice and professional tips about the fundamentals of stand-up, studying other comedians, finding your own style, writing your own material, working the live performance, and appearing on television. Crammed with the wisdom of today’s finest talents, in terms of quality, quantity, and timeliness of information, this book is without peer.

“There aren’t enough good books on comedy written by the people who create it; Franklyn’s book helps fill that void. Anyone who has an interest in comedy should own this.”
—George Carlin

“Franklyn Ajaye is the Miles Davis of comedy.”
—Keenen Ivory Wayans

“Franklyn Ajaye is himself a great artist in the form, and he asks his fellow comedians just the right questions. Reading these interviews was a pure pleasure!”
—David Milch, writer/producer

“Ajaye has Pryor’s insights, Cosby’s cool!”
San Francisco Chronicle

Franklyn Ajaye

Franklyn Ajaye is an Emmy-nominated writer/producer/actor/comedian. His many television writing and producing credits include The Parent’Hood, In Living Color, Roc, NYPD Blue, and Politically Incorrect. Among his acting credits are Carwash, Hollywood Shuffle, The Burbs, and Stir Crazy. As a noted comedian, he has appeared on The Tonight Show, Politically Incorrect, The David Letterman Show, and The Arsenio Hall Show and worked everywhere—from small clubs to the big Las Vegas hotels, as well as the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In addition, he has had three recordings of his comedy work released by A&M and Little David Records and has taught stand-up comedy at UCLA. Known internationally as “The Jazzcomedian,” Franklyn now splits his time between Los Angeles, California, and Melbourne, Australia, where he teaches writing, plays clarinet, and performs with his musician brother Eric in comedy and music festivals.