Zen & The Art of Stand-up Comedy

Eugene Binx
Zen & The Art of Stand-up Comedy by Eugene Binx

Zen and the Art of Stand Up Comedy, is a crazy mix of unexpected events and people being in the right place at the right time. A tale of unlikely connections, it’s crowed with complementary, and not so complementary, characters who will make you laugh (or maybe even cry) in between shaking your head in bewilderment.
It’s a good yarn, sprinkled with names like Harry Shagman, Mickey Finn, Bungalow Bill, and of course the lovable Zen Warwickshire is the man at the centre of it all. Surrounded by Betsy, Sheila and a couple of rare gems, who each add their unique brand of wisdom, to help turn the novel into an amusing smorgasbord of human reactions.

Editor rating (1-5): 
Editor review: 

This book describes a group of people involved in a local comedy club. The first third of the book develops the characters and the remaining two thirds is plot advancement mingled with stand up comedy narratives. I simply didn’t find any part of the book compelling. The humor didn’t sell me. It is British humor, so perhaps I missed the point. However I was not drawn into the book. Even the frequent sex was laid out (pardon the pun) like the description of the rest of the day's activities. As far as a descriptive narrative, it succeeds very well. But somehow the pieces didn’t fit together to make a compelling novel.

PRC (for Kindle): 


More stand up comedy than Zen

If you are curious about what makes things funny and how to get laughs, this book breaks it down. It is geared towards people breaking into the world of stand-up comedy, and even if you don't intend on making a career out of it, you can still learn a lot about being funny. If you want to be a stand-up comedian, this book is for you.


Too much swearing

I still think this book relies far too heavily on foul language as a reader engagement tool; and that detracts from the writing quality. Binx needs to take a creative writing course. Then he’d learn that writers who repeat words, because they lack the skill to critically analyse their work, get the thumbs down from serious readers.