For anyone who is looking for stand-up comedy resources, there is one book that I consider a must read — especially for new comedians — that doesn’t fall into that category. The name of the book is Comic Lives by Betsy Borns (#ad). While the book is a bit dated (originally published in 1987), you simply won’t find a better resource for discovering what the world of stand-up comedy is really all about.
If you really want to study a comedy master who has a very wide range when it comes to delivering a stand-up comedy act on a high level, you may want to check out comedian Craig Shoemaker.(#ad) Craig Shoemaker first grabbed my attention very early in my comedy career when at the time I was watching A&E’s Evening At The Improv, trying to figure out how to develop and deliver a stand-up comedy act myself in the early 90’s.