How to be a Comedian Book


This How-To book is packed with real content that’s been successfully tried and tested. Paired with Louise’s experience and knowledge as a stand-up comedian, this is a serious guide to stand-up comedy which will provide you with the confidence, expert advice, and practical exercises to craft your material and take the stage.

There are tips from well-known comedians and real-life stories from Brighton Comedy Course graduates, who share their own experiences of writing comedy material, the comedy circuit and the challenges and rewards of Stand-up comedy.

The Scotsman Newspaper Feature of the book

This book contains:

Encouraging and motivating instruction from a real-life comedian and coach. 

  • Structured content in easy-to-understand chunks.
  • Writing, editing and performance homework exercises and tasks throughout the book.
  • Knowledge on sourcing, writing, editing, and structuring material. Insights on confidence, comfort zones, mindset & beating nerves. Know-how on opening and closing lines, delivery, timing & stage performance techniques. Understanding of audiences, joke formulas, comedy genres, and hecklers.

This book will give you the tools you need to:

  • Write a killer set.
  • Take the stage.
  • Make an audience laugh.

Your journey starts here. Buckle in.

“This is a brilliant book about the not so gentle art of stand-up comedy. It’s chock full of practical exercises to get you writing gags with the aim of having your first five minutes of material under your belt by the end of the book.

Louise doesn’t bullsh*t about how competitive and challenging the world of stand-up can be; she makes it very clear that to succeed at any level in stand-up you need discipline and resilience. But she also provides the tools for any aspiring comedian to hone your material until you have utter confidence in your delivery, find a comedy network and get gigs.” Gill Davies


The Learn Stand-up Comedy Series provides aspiring comedians with the tools and knowledge to do the job. This step-by-step book will help lay strong foundations to be the best comedian you can be, encouraging best practice, good routines, and professional standards.

The follow up book The New Comedians Handbook is for the next stage of the journey. It will cover everything a working comedian needs to know about the comedy circuit and the comedy industry. It will provide the opportunity the know-how to stand out in a crowded comedy scene and thrive in the comedy industry.

Louise knows that not one size does not fit all and encourages people to find their own voice and natural style. The book is designed to enhance confidence, delivery and timing.

You might not want to be a stand-up comedian, you might just want to learn how to add more humour into your presentations and tighten your delivery and timing skills. At an absolute basic you’ll never fear Presentations and Public Speaking again, hell; you may even start to enjoy it!

The Biog (Permitted showing off)

Louise Stevenson, a Scottish Female stand-up started her comedy career in 1999 on the New Zealand circuit, followed by a year gigging on the Australian circuit (including the Espy & the Melbourne Festival). Louise went on to work the London circuit for five years and regularly performed at The Kings Head, The Comedy Store and Banana Cabaret. Visits back to Scotland included support gigs at The Stand comedy club in Glasgow and Edinburgh. Louise still regularly performs on the circuit and at corporate gigs.

Louise worked alongside Jimmy Carr, Alan Carr, Rich Hall and Steven K Amos among many others. She was knocked out of Channel 4’s ‘So you think you’re funny’ competition by Russell Brand.

Television appearances have included Champagne Comedy on Channel 31 in Melbourne and Channel 4’s Highlights of ‘So you think you’re funny.’ Louise has achieved competition success in the Scottish Tattoo, RTE Irish Awards, Daily Mail and Channel 4’s ‘So You Think Your Funny.’ Louise is a regular performer at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and featured in a sell out show ‘Scotland’s Best and Guests.’

Louise is a keen writer and completed her first novel in a year and then went on to win a place on a MA Creative Writing course. She was awarded with a Post Graduate Diploma and then a Masters Degree. She now teaches creative writing as well as Public Speaking and Stand up Comedy.

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If you love the book, then please review it. And if your keen to follow it up with a comedy course, there are plenty of options, The Beginners, The Advanced or The Comedy weekender.