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Mastering Stand-up:

The Complete Guide to Becoming a Successful Comedian

Stephen Rosenfield


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My book, Mastering Stand-Up will guide you through the process of becoming an undeniably funny and successful comedian. It is a journey that begins with your sense of humor and then takes you on a tour of the stand-up performed by the giants of stand-up comedy. By deconstructing how they do what they do, I will pass along to you the inner workings of their comedy and open up to you new possibilities for your own standup.

Like all epic journeys you will end up where you started, with your own sense of humor. But things will be different: You will know the techniques of the great comedians.

This book will give both aspiring and professional comedians, as well as comedy writers and comedy lovers, a system to perform and write comedy handed down from the masters of stand-up. These insights will empower you to take your stand-up to the next level and beyond.

About The Author

Stephen Rosenfield teaching Jim Gaffigan the subtleties of microphone technique.

Stephen Rosenfield teaching Jim Gaffigan the subtleties of microphone technique.


Stephen Rosenfield is the Founding Director of the American Comedy Institute. The New York Times heralded him as "the best known comedy teacher in the country." Marc Breslin, owner of Yuk Yuk's, the largest chain of comedy clubs in Canada, said "Stephen Rosenfield is the best standup comedy teacher in North America." Starz produced and aired the mini-series, Standup or Shutup, about his standup comedy workshops. His workshops were also the subject of a NPR documentary hosted by Sara Fishko. His students have gone on to major comedy careers in the U.S. and around the world.

His students have performed standup on The Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon, ConanJimmy Kimmel Live!The Late Show with David Letterman, The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore, The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonLopez TonightComedy CentralHBONBCCBSFOXNetflixPBSOWNBravoFXStarzMTVVH1, JLTV, Televisa and Univision.

Among the TV shows in which they appear in starring and principle roles are: Saturday Night Live, Girls, Silicon Valley, The Daily Show, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie, Portlandia, Key and Peele, Orange is the New Black, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Fargo, Bob's Burgers, Broad City, Girl Code, Family Guy, Boardwalk Empire, The Jack and Triumph Show, High Maintenance, The View, 30 Rock, The Office, Last Comic Standing, Wanda Sykes Presents Herlarious, Royal Pains, Es De Noche y ya Llegue, Enlisted, Best Week Ever, I Love the 1980's, Rescue Me, Flight of the Conchords, Gotham Comedy Live, The Chris Rock Show, My Boys, That 70's Show, 24, Ellen and Seinfeld. They have appeared in such films as Ghostbusters, The Comedian, Drunk Parents, The Heat, Spy, Other People, Mascots, This is 40, Happy Christmas, It's Kind of a Funny Story, Morning Glory, Away We Go, The Love Guru, Love Actually and 13 Going on 30.

They have written for Saturday Night Live, Girls, The Jim Gaffigan Show, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee, The Late Show with David Letterman and The Chris Rock Show. They have written and starred in their own one-person shows off-Broadway and at Carolines on Broadway, Gotham Comedy Club and the New York International Fringe Festival. The one-person shows Stephen Rosenfield has co-written and directed include: The Complete Performer, now in its 10th year off-Broadway, For Kingdom and Fatherland produced by the New York International Fringe FestivalAmerican Radical, and the MAC award winning, The Rock Albers Show. For three years he produced, directed and wrote for Rubber Feet, the sketch comedy group that appeared regularly at The Comic Strip.

He coaches and directs performers ranging from beginners to Emmy and Tony Award-winning and Oscar-nominated star talent. He directed and co-authored the Obie Award-winning musical comedy review, The Present Tense. He has directed plays at the Roundabout TheaterThe Ensemble Studio Theater, The Actor's Studio, Manhattan Class Company and the Intiman Theatre. He received the Los Angeles Drama-Logue Award and a Robby nomination for his direction of the musical, Charlie and Algernon.

Stephen has been a guest artist and lecturer in comedy at Bringham Young University, the University of Florida, Virginia Commonwealth University, Barnard College, University of Washington, The New School, New York University, Lawrence University and the Union Theology Seminary. He was the founding Artistic Director of Humber College's Program in ComedyProfessor of Theatre and Comedy, and Director of the Comedy Program at William Patterson University. He is currently a member of the Board of Directors of the National Association of Schools of Theatre (NAST). Stephen has a BA in Theatre and Drama, cum laude, from Lawrence University and an MFA in Theatre Directing from Stanford University.





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For coaching and press inquiries, please contact the American Comedy Institute or call 212-279-6980.

For Stephen's monthly Standup Comedy Workshop, visit the American Comedy Institute or call 212-279-6980.