Books To Help You On Your Standup Comedy Journey

Whether you’re new to standup or have been in the game for a few years, learning more about joke structure or the business side of comedy can help improve your career. Here is a list of suggested reading material for aspiring or new comedians to help you learn more about it!


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I Can’t Make This Up – Kevin Hart

This is a fantastic read about how Kevin Hart was able to grow into the comedian he is today. He shares how he got started in standup and what his team did on the business side to get to where he is.

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Born Standing Up – Steve Martin

One of the classic kings of comedy – Steve Martin has been in the public limelight for decades. This book talks about how he got his start and morphed it into the actor he’s known as today.

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Brain Droppings – George Carlin

If you ever wanted to learn how George Carlin was able to come up with his material you have to read this book. He touches on his style, where he gets inspiration and what makes him tick.

Writing Material

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The Comedy Bible – Judy Carter

This book talks about the business of being funny and how to begin structuring jokes. There are a number of useful exercises and a practical guide on how to draw humor from your life and turn it into a career.

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ABC’s Of Standup Comedy – Matt Wohlfarth

Learn all about the art of standup comedy. This book is packed with useful tips and tricks on how to write effectively and turn your thoughts into bits that will wow the audience.

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The New Comedy Writing – Gene Perret

Comedy Writing Step by Step has been the manual for comedy writers for 25 years. In this update edition, you’ll learn about a broad range of topics, insights on how to sell your work and different aspects of comedy writing.


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You Are A Badass – Jen Sincero

This book is a great read for people who want to work on improving their lives. It’s packed with inspiring stories, advice, exercises and more to help you improve your mindset to chase after your dreams. It’s a quick and powerful read.

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The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A F*ck – Mark Manson

Positivity books got you down? This book offers great insights and advice on how to truly become a happier person. You’ll learn techniques on how to cope with the crap life throws your way.

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People – Stephen Covey

7 Habits has been a book I’ve re-read time and time again. It gives the reader principals and ideas that can be carried into your personal and professional life! You’ll learn how to truly tap into your creativity.