Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedianan emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. In the comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts.
The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy #ad - After the repeal of prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. From comedy’s part in the civil rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.
I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden EraPublicAffairs #ad - There, dreams and laughter, drugs, in a late-night world of sex, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. But success had its price. Now a showtime original seriesin the mid-1970s, david letterman, jay leno, tom dreesen, Elayne Boosler, Richard Lewis, Andy Kaufman, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, Robin Williams, the new home of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show.
As comedy clubs and cable TV began to boom, many would achieve stardom. It was comedy Camelot-but it couldn't last. William knoedelseder was then a cub reporter covering the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. In i'm dying up here he tells the whole story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there.
I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era #ad - He wrote the first major newspaper profiles of several of the future stars. And he was there when the comedians-who were not paid by the clubs where they performed- tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community.
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Born Standing Up: A Comic's LifeScribner #ad - In 1981 he quit forever. It took martin decades to reconnect with his parents and sister, and he tells that story with great tenderness. Martin illuminates the sacrifice, discipline, and originality that made him an icon and informs his work to this day. This book is, in his own words, the story of “why I did stand-up and why I walked away.
Emmy and grammy award–winner, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Martin has always been a writer. His memoir of his years in stand-up is candid, spectacularly amusing, and beautifully written. The dedication to excellence and innovation is formed at an astonishingly early age and never wavers or wanes.
Penguin Books. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. To be this good, to perform so frequently, was isolating and lonely. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory. Born standing up is a superb testament to the sheer tenacity, focus, and daring of one of the greatest and most iconoclastic comedians of all time.
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life #ad - Throughout the text, Martin has placed photographs, many never seen before. Martin also paints a portrait of his times—the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late sixties, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the seventies.
The Improv: An Oral History of the Comedy Club that Revolutionized Stand-UpBenBella Books #ad - Scribner. Later shortened to the improv, albert finney, and jason robards, Liza Minnelli, its first seedy West 44th Street location initially attracted the likes of Judy Garland, as well as a couple of then-unknowns named Dustin Hoffman and Bette Midler. While it drew near-capacity crowds almost from day one, it wasn’t until comedians began dropping by to try out new material that the Improv truly hit its stride.
Now, lily tomlin, billy crystal, larry david, friedman, judd apatow, paul reiser, howie mandel, in the improv, bob saget, Jimmy Fallon, Jerry Seinfeld, Drew Carey, Al Franken, along with a Who’s Who of his most famous alumni—including Jay Leno, and many more—tell it like it was in the first-ever oral history of how this game-changing comedy club came to be.
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In 1963, 30-year-old budd friedman—who had recently quit his job as a Boston advertising executive and returned to New York to become a theatrical producer—opened a coffee house for Broadway performers called the Improvisation. The club became the first venue to present live stand-up in a continuous format, and in the process reinvented the art form and created the template for all other comedy clubs that followed.
From the microphone to the iconic brick wall, the Improv has been the launching pad for practically every major name in American comedy over the last five-plus decades. Penguin Books.
Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed AmericaBloomsbury USA #ad - Benbella. In the rock-and-roll 1970s, a new breed of comic, inspired by the fearless Lenny Bruce, made telling jokes an art form. Based on extensive interviews with club owners, agents, producers―and with unprecedented and unlimited access to the players themselves―Comedy at the Edge is a no-holdsbarred, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most influential and tumultuous decades in American popular culture.
. Innovative comedians like george carlin, and robert klein, richard pryor, robin williams, steve Martin, Catch a Rising Star, Albert Brooks, and, later, and Andy Kaufman, tore through the country and became as big as rock stars in an era when Saturday Night Live was the apotheosis of cool and the Improv, and the Comedy Store were the hottest clubs around.
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Live From New York: The Complete, Uncensored History of Saturday Night Live as Told by Its Stars, Writers, and GuestsBack Bay Books #ad - Penguin Books. Used book in Good Condition. Little brown. James andrew miller and tom shales's definitive oral history of Saturday Night Live, hailed as "incredible" Vulture and "required reading" People, rollickingly updated with nearly 100 new pages covering the decade since the book's original release. When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, LIVE FROM NEW YORK was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show.
. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies. Benbella. Scribner. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades.
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Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. A collection of interviews with many of the great figures of comedy in the latter half of the twentieth century. The washington post “open this book anywhere, and you’re bound to find some interesting nugget from someone who has had you in stitches many, many times.
Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy #ad - Janet maslin, the new york times “An amazing read, full of insights and connections both creative and interpersonal. The new yorker “Fascinating and revelatory. Chicago tribune “Anyone even remotely interested in comedy or humanity should own this book. Will ferrell Penguin Books. Scribner.
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Peter biskind, raging bullswild and crazy guys opens in 1978 with chevy chase and bill murray taking bad-tempered swings at each other backstage at Saturday Night Live, and closes 21 years later with the two doing a skit in the same venue, their illustrious careers, poking fun at each other, author of Easy Riders, triumphs and prat falls.
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How to Talk Dirty and Influence People: An AutobiographyDa Capo Press #ad - During the course of a career that began in the late 1940s, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions; he widened the boundaries of free speech. Da capo Pr. Little brown. Critic ralph gleason said, So many taboos have been lifted and so many comics have rushed through the doors Lenny opened.
Benbella. How to talk dirty and influence people remains a brilliant existential account of his life and the forces that made him the most important and controversial entertainer in history. Scribner. He utterly changed the world of comedy. Although bruce died when he was only forty, jazz, his influence on the worlds of comedy, and satire are incalculable.
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Written by ucb founding members matt besser, the manual covers everything from the basics of two person scene work with a heavy emphasis on finding "the game" of the scene, to the complexities of working within an ensemble to perform long form structures, Ian Roberts, and Matt Walsh, such as "The Harold" and "The Movie".
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