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Whether they're talking for 45 minutes or two hours, the most skilled monologuists usually structure a tale so it builds toward something: a revelation, key information, a wrap-up, someone's death.
Slam poetry has been boosted by, among other things, the popularity of rap music, the boom in stand-up comedy, and the proliferation of stage monologuists.
The "Artistes' Repertoires" section is the largest in the book, listing some 18,000 titles under 1,700 names of performers--mostly singers, but also monologuists, comedians, and actors important to the history of the music hall.