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  • You Are (A Comedy) Special

  • A Simple 15-Step Self-Help Guide to Forcibly Force Yourself to Write and Perform a Full Hour of Stand-up Comedy
  • Written by: Maria Bamford
  • Narrated by: Maria Bamford
  • Length: 1 hr and 58 mins

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Publisher's Summary

Maria Bamford is a creative genius. But the process of creating is not something that “comes easily” or “is enjoyable” for her. So, over the years, she’s invented a number of helpful techniques for tricking, shaming, coercing herself into doing things. You Are (A Comedy) Special is 15-step comedic send up of a self help guide that examines Maria’s approach to stand-up in a hilarious fashion. So if you’ve ever found yourself alphabetizing your cans of soup instead of, oh, writing that screenplay, you might find this book interesting. Or at least an entertaining distraction from that tough soup-alphabetizing work. YOUR ACTION - Start listening now!

Contains explicit content.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-09-20

Funny thoughtful and genuinely beneficial

the intersection of sincere advice, pragmatic accountability, and sincere encouragement to go for it and be creative- even if it’s not stand up. When I finished I thought, man- I felt like she patted me on the back and said “go feel alive”

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  • John Sheridan
  • 02-09-20

Loved it

So I want to write something super profound and positive so Maria feels good and people feel compelled to download this thing.....there I did it.

It’s a good book and the best advice I ever received about comedy...if I had a friend like Maria maybe I would have kept doing comedy even after bombing at the Holy City Zoo in the 80’s. Anyway good book.....I hate writing reviews.

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  • will
  • 03-09-20

Humble and Funny

Maria Bamford is hilarious and I can’t wait to listen to this again. Everything I’ve learned about trying, failing and trying again from this book is wonderful!

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  • cheryl
  • 01-09-20

Not just for people who want to do comedy

If you struggle to get stuff done...this will help!! Supportive, helpful and very funny with great tools to get you back on track.

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  • Customer
  • 01-09-20

Amazing Amazing Amazing Amazing!

This was not only funny but also insightful. I have already listened to it twice.

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  • G. S. Pantelis
  • 01-09-20

Maria Rocks! :)

Long time fan of Maria Bamford and this Audible book was a great treat. 1-hour of her reading/performing her "self help" book. It is hilarious! Well done, well done indeed. A must for all her fans and stand-up comedy fans in general. :)

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  • claartje van Swaaij
  • 01-09-20

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Maria Bamford is a gem! This was very entertaining and encouraging and funny. Go listen.

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  • beckystinger
  • 31-08-20

love you maria!!!

just what i expected and more. thank you maria. i have been a fan for years and love her work.

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  • edithfriendly
  • 31-08-20

For everyone funny or not

Dear Ms. Maria Bamford!
You have been a favorite of mine since I saw you while working on filming on a Judd Apatow movie years ago. I’m a big fan! I procrastinate about everything!!! especially and even listening to a whole Audible book. Guess what I just listened to this WHOLE DAMN BOOK! All at ONCE! That’s very close to being a miracle for me. It’s like a genuinely funny self help book! And no I DON’T want to do comedy but I DO like to listen to you encourage me to get myself together! You seem like a PRO!!!!
and no I was not paid for this endorsement I do not know Maria Bamford although I have seen her perform several times and bought a tea towel of her and her pugs. Which I need to hang up in a frame.

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  • keri silverman
  • 11-09-20

as a life coach I found this uber entertaining

and hilariously on point!!!! recommend for any results orientated life coach- as a reminder that tho we help people... it keeps us real with humor

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  • Jedi Ninja
  • 14-09-20

Bamford is an original and hillarious motivator

I mean it's Maria Bamford so you know it's gonna be funny. What's nice is seeing her have a project that focuses on the comforting and motivating aspects of her style and voice. As someone with crippling mental disorders who occasionally dreams of doing standup when life seems worthwhile, this was a fantastic and uplifting listen. Id recommend it to anyone struggling with anything.

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  • D. Shipley
  • 05-09-20

Witty and wise

A witty, warm-hearted, tightly-woven and inspiring guide to tackling any creative project or just plain being a person while putting anxiety and self-doubt in perspective. I loved it, laughed a lot and will be re-listening for years to come.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-20

Fantastic Advice for any Artist

I’m not an aspiring comedian, but I am an artist and musician who performs shows, I can relate on so many levels.

Of course, Maria is hilarious.

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