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  • How To Be A Comedy Writerby Marc Blake

    Andrews UK 2010; US$ 7.99

    Think you're funny? Writing successful comedy isn't just about having a gift for gags; you need to hone your talent and polish your humour to earn a living from making people laugh. If you want to write stand-up comedy, sketches, sitcoms or even a comic novel or film, How to be a Comedy Writer tells you all you need to know and more about the... more...

  • My Turnby Norman Wisdom

    Random House 2011; US$ 12.64

    Norman Wisdom's early years could easily have come straight from the pages of a Dickens novel. Left by their frightened mother, ill-treated by a brutal father, Norman and his brother were forced to fend for themselves, sleeping rough in London and stealing food to survive. This is a rags to riches tale of the man Charlie Chaplin said would take his... more...

  • Satisfaction All Aroundby Odete de Turnebe; D.A. Beecher

    Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2006; US$ 16.95

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  • Comedy Rulesby Jonathan Lynn

    Faber & Faber 2011; US$ 11.65

    The co-writer of Yes Minister and Hollywood comedy director presents an insider's look at how comedy works told though hilarious anecdotes. more...

  • No Applause--Just Throw Moneyby Trav S.D.

    Faber & Faber 2006; US$ 23.99

    A seriously funny look at the roots of American Entertainment When Groucho Marx and Charlie Chaplin were born, variety entertainment had been going on for decades in America, and like Harry Houdini, Milton Berle, Mae West, and countless others, these performers got their start on the vaudeville stage. From 1881 to 1932, vaudeville was at the heart... more...

  • 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...

  • Born Standing Upby Steve Martin

    Simon & Schuster UK 2008; US$ 12.92

    Steve Martin has been an international star for over thirty years. Here, for the first time, he looks back to the beginning of his career and charmingly evokes the young man he once was. Born in Texas but raised in California, Steve was seduced early by the comedy shows that played on the radio when the family travelled back and forth to visit relatives.... more...

  • How to Beat Up Anybodyby Judah Friedlander

    HarperCollins 2010; Not Available

    ?World Champion? Judah Friedlander tells you How to Beat Up Anybody in this insanely hilarious satirical martial arts guide. Better known as an award-winning stand-up comic, actor, and star of 30 Rock , Friedlander shares his adventures in butt-kicking with lucky readers in a self-defense handbook in the gut-busting vein of The Truth About... more...

  • The Pantomime Life of Joseph Grimaldiby Andrew McConnell Scott

    Canongate Books 2008; US$ 12.49

    The son of a deranged Italian immigrant, Joseph Grimaldi (1778-1837) was the most celebrated of English clowns. The first to use white-face make-up and wear outrageous coloured clothes, he completely transformed the role of the Clown in the pantomime with a look as iconic as Chaplin's tramp or Tommy Cooper's magician. One of the first celebrity comedians,... more...

  • Flipby Kevin Cook

    Penguin Group US 2013; US$ 9.99

    The first biography of the beloved entertainer who broke the prime-time color barrier When The Flip Wilson Show debuted in 1970, black faces were still rare on television and black hosts nonexistent. Then came Flip?to instant acclaim. His show dueled Marcus Welby, M.D. for the top spot in the ratings. His characters and catchphrases fixed... more...