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  • The Big Lebowski and Philosophyby William Irwin; Peter S. Fosl

    Wiley 2012; US$ 18.95 US$ 13.26

    Celebrate the Dude with an abiding look at the philosophy behind The Big Lebowski Is the Dude a bowling-loving stoner or a philosophical genius living the good life? Naturally, it's the latter, and The Big Lebowski and Philosophy explains why. Enlisting the help of great thinkers like Plato and Nietzsche, the book explores the movie's hidden... more...

  • The Cheeky Monkeyby Tim Ferguson

    Currency Press 2010; US$ 17.99

    The Cheeky Monkey is written by one of Australia’s most accomplished performers and writers of comedy. The book is an analytical study and practitioner’s guide to the art and provides useful exercises to aid developing writers’ comedy-writing skills. It explores the seven distinct principles that have evolved for sitcom and takes... 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...

  • Content Providerby Stewart Lee

    Faber & Faber 2016; US$ 14.57

    Over the last few years, often when David Mitchell has been on holiday, the comedian Stewart Lee has been attempting to understand modern Britain in a weekly newspaper column. Why are there so few right-wing stand-ups? Who was Grant Shapps? What does your Spotify playlist data say about you? Are Jeremy Corbyn and Stewart Lee really the new Christs?... more...

  • The Funny Thing Is...by Ellen DeGeneres

    Simon & Schuster 2003; US$ 15.00

    Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 bestselling My Point...and I Do Have One, way back in 1996. Not one to rest on her laurels, the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book. That book is this book. After years of painstaking, round-the-clock research, surviving on a... more...

  • Born Standing Upby Steve Martin

    Scribner 2007; US$ 16.00

    The riveting, mega-bestselling, beloved and highly acclaimed memoir of a man, a vocation, and an era named one of the ten best nonfiction titles of 2007 by Time and Entertainment Weekly . In the mid-seventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever.... more...

  • The Works of John Leguizamoby John Leguizamo

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.24

    John Leguizamo's smash?hit one?man shows have been acclaimed by critics and fans alike. In this new Harper Paperback edition, all four shows are compiled into one phenomenally entertaining volume. Mambo Mouth (1991), Leguizamo's first show, was an off Broadway sensation. Leguizamo's portrayal of seven different Latino characters earned him both... more...

  • Cheech & Chongby Tommy Chong

    Gallery Books 2008; US$ 15.99

    Dave's Not Here, Man But America's favorite stoner comedian, Tommy Chong, is back and funnier than ever as he takes us on a nostalgic trip through his career with partner Richard "Cheech" Marin. Over the course of their decades-long partnership, Cheech and Chong performed to sold-out crowds across the country, made nine hit albums, starred... more...

  • Maybe You Never Cry Againby Bernie Mac

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 8.99

    By the tender of age of five, Bernie Mac had found his calling:making others laugh. Now this amazing comedian delves deep inside to share the poignant story of his childhood and the people who shaped him into the strong, self-reliant man and ruthlessly funny comedian he is today. When Bernie was just sixteen, he lost his mother to cancer. A tough... more...

  • The Second City Unscriptedby Mike Thomas

    Random House Publishing Group 2009; US$ 26.00

    In 1959, a group of like-minded Chicagoans joined forces to open a hip new venue dedicated to coffee, cigarettes, conversation, and comedy. The result, a nightly cabaret featuring a troupe of inventive young actors skewering everything from politics to popular culture in witty, rapid-fire, improvised scenes, not only made delighted audiences laugh?it... more...