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  • Little Ernby Robert Sellers; James Hogg

    Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 8.35

    Even though they are the most famous comedy double act Britain has ever seen, until now there has never been a biography of Ernie Wise. Seen by some as just the straight man in the partnership, in fact 'Little Ern' was regarded by his peers as a great comedian in his own right. It took no ordinary talent to be the perfect foil for the genius of Eric... more...

  • Lizz Free or Dieby Lizz Winstead

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 9.99

    The hilarious and poignant account of how one woman found her comedic voice. Growing up in the Midwest, the youngest child of Catholic parents, Lizz Winstead learned early that the straightforward questions she posed to various authority figures around her?her parents, her parish priest, even an anti-abortion counselor?prompted many startled looks... more...

  • Dangerously Funnyby David Bianculli

    Touchstone 2009; Not Available

    An unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever changed the face of television. Decades before The Daily Show , The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour proved there was a place on television... more...

  • The Guy Under the Sheetsby Chris Elliott

    Penguin Group US 2012; US$ 9.99

    New Yorker." ?David Pitt, Booklist Is Chris Elliott a highly successful and beloved comedian?or a slightly dim-witted notalent from a celebrity family who managed to convince a generation of disillusioned youth that he was funny? From a ghastly childhood on the posh Upper East Side to his first job entertaining mobsters with his Judy Garland... more...

  • The Varnished Untruthby Pamela Stephenson

    Simon & Schuster UK 2012; Not Available

    Along with my own personal story, I am going to write down a few things that may amuse you (or even take you down some other emotional path) and I'll let you in on a few so-far-unrevealed aspects of my life. I'll try to leave out the boring bits. Don't be thinking this is easy for me. I'm darn good at getting under other people's skin, but opening... more...

  • We Killedby Yael Kohen

    Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 16.99

    No matter how many times female comedians buck the conventional wisdom, people continue to ask: ?Are women funny?? The question has been nagging at women off and on (mostly on) for the past sixty years. It?s incendiary, much discussed, and, as proven in Yael Kohen?s fascinating oral history, totally wrongheaded. In We Killed , Kohen pieces together... more...

  • Still Foolin' 'Emby Billy Crystal

    Henry Holt and Co. 2013; US$ 28.99

    Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America?s favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career Billy Crystal is turning 65, and he?s not happy about it. With his trademark wit and heart, he outlines the absurdities and challenges that come with growing old, from insomnia to memory loss to leaving dinners... more...

  • I Used to Say My Mother Was Shirley Basseyby Stephen K Amos

    Constable & Robinson 2012; US$ 24.78

    Growing up in a large Nigerian family in South London, Stephen K. Amos learnt early on to find the humour in every situation. Raised by his parents and extended family of 'aunts' and 'uncles', I Used to Say My Mother was Shirley Bassey tells the story of Stephen's chaotic upbringing in the carnival atmosphere of the late seventies and early eighties.... more...

  • Uncle Vanyaby Anton Chekhov; Christopher Hampton

    Faber & Faber 2012; US$ 14.57

    Anton Chekhov's play Uncle Vanya in a new version by Christopher Hampton. This version will be first staged at the Vaudeville Theatre, London, on 25 October 2012 and run until 16 February 2013. 'It's often said that the best of the Chekhov plays is the one you've seen most recently. Uncle Vanya doesn't have a suicide, like The Seagull, or an adulterous... more...

  • One Leg Too Fewby William Cook

    Random House 2013; US$ 36.38

    One Leg Too Few will feature an extensive range of fresh interviews, previously unpublished archive material and a wealth of information about the most creative (and explosive) double act that British comedy has ever produced. One Leg Too Few is a book about an extraordinary relationship: a friendship, a partnership - almost, at times,... more...