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  • The Happiest Refugeeby Anh Do

    Allen & Unwin 2011; US$ 29.99

    The bestselling, laugh-out-loud, reach for your hanky story of one of Australia's best-loved comedians - now in hard cover gift edition. more...

  • I Must Sayby Martin Short

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 19.99

    In this engagingly witty, wise, and heartfelt memoir, Martin Short tells the tale of how a showbiz obsessed kid from Canada transformed himself into one of Hollywood?s favorite funnymen, known to his famous peers as the ?comedian?s comedian.? Short takes the reader on a rich, hilarious, and occasionally heartbreaking ride through his life and times,... more...

  • Thinking About It Only Makes It Worseby David Mitchell

    Guardian Faber Publishing 2014; US$ 11.65

    What's wrong with calling a burglar brave? Why are people so f***ing hung up about swearing? Why do the asterisks in that sentence make it okay? Why do so many people want to stop other people doing things, and how can they be stopped from stopping them? Why is every film and TV programme a sequel or a remake? Why are we so reliant on perpetual diversion... more...

  • Get Started in Stand-Up Comedyby Logan Murray

    Hodder & Stoughton 2015; Not Available

    A new edition of Be A Great Stand-Up , now fully revised and updated with new material on setting up and running a comedy night and mining almost any subject for jokes. Logan Murray has successfully taught the techniques of stand-up comedy to thousands, and in this book he distils his years of experience into the essential skills for a great... more...

  • I'm Not a Terrorist, But I've Played One On TVby Maz Jobrani

    Simon & Schuster 2015; US$ 24.00

    A hilarious and moving memoir of growing up Iranian in America, and the quest to make it in Hollywood without having to wear a turban, tote a bomb, or get kicked in the face by Chuck Norris. When he first started out in show business, Maz Jobrani endured suggestions that he spice up his stand-up act by wearing ?the outfit,? fielded questions about... more...

  • The Voyage of The Golden Handshakeby Terry Waite

    Silvertail Books 2015; US$ 7.28

    On a cold morning in Grimsby, Albert Hardcastle wakes up to the first day of his retirement. His days of working in a shop are behind him, and he and his wife Alice decide to celebrate by taking the luxury cruise they always dreamed of. Meanwhile, on the Essex coast, Rear Admiral Sir Benbow Harrington, a retired Royal Navy officer, is trying to assemble... more...

  • Make 'Em Laughby Michael Kantor; Laurence Maslon

    Grand Central Publishing 2008; US$ 47.52

    From the most popular routines and the most ingenious physical shtick to the snappiest wisecracks and the most biting satire of the last century, MAKE 'EM LAUGH illuminates who we are as a nation by exploring what makes us laugh, and why. Authors Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor draw on countless sources to chronicle the past century of American... more...

  • Make 'Em Laughby Michael Kantor; Laurence Maslon

    Grand Central Publishing 2008; Not Available

    From the most popular routines and the most ingenious physical shtick to the snappiest wisecracks and the most biting satire of the last century, MAKE 'EM LAUGH illuminates who we are as a nation by exploring what makes us laugh, and why. Authors Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor draw on countless sources to chronicle the past century of American... more...

  • Masterclass: Writing Comedy: Teach Yourselfby Lesley Bown

    Hodder & Stoughton 2015; Not Available

    Masterclass: Write Great Comedy will reveal to both beginners and experienced writers the distinctive features that mark out comedy from other forms of creative writing. Having identified these, it will help you then to unlock your inner anarchist, and explore the different elements of comedy, using a combination of practical exercises, insight... more...

  • The Italian Comedyby Pierre Louis Duchartre

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 24.95

    Illustrated history of the beginnings, growth and influence of the commedia dell? arte. Describes improvisations, staging, marks, scenarios, acting troupes, and origins. more...