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  • Comedy at the Edgeby Richard Zoglin

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2008; US$ 11.99

    When Lenny Bruce overdosed in 1966, he left behind an impressive legacy of edgy, politically charged comedy. Four short years later, a new breed of comic, inspired by Bruce's artistic fearlessness, made telling jokes an art form, forever putting to rest the stereotype of the one-liner borscht belt set. During the 1970s, a small group of brilliant,... more...

  • Comic Geniusby Matt Hoyle; Mel Brooks

    Chronicle Books LLC 2013; US$ 29.99

    This star-studded tribute to the kings and queens of comedy draws together such legendary names as Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, and many more. Granted extraordinary access, photographer Matt Hoyle has captured his subjects in portraits that are works of art in themselves?by turns zany and deadpan,... more...

  • Gawkyby Margot Leitman

    Seal Press 2013; US$ 16.00

    Some tall girls grow up to have perfect posture and are later seen gracing the pages of magazines. Some are natural athletes with toned legs that mask their overlarge feet. Then there are other tall girls: the ones who are always tripping over themselves; who never look normal in any size of clothing; who literally don?t fit in. Comedian Margot... more...

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

    Wilfrid Laurier University Press 2006; US$ 16.95

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  • Slapstick and Comic Performanceby Louise Peacock

    Palgrave Macmillan 2014; US$ 85.00

    Slapstick comedy has a long and lively history from Greek Theatre to the present day. This book explores the ways in which comic pain and comic violence are performed within slapstick to make the audience laugh. It draws examples from theatre, television and film on both sides of the Atlantic. more...

  • Masterclass: Writing a TV Sitcom, Getting it Produced: Teach Yourselfby Nicholas Gibbs

    Hodder & Stoughton 2015; Not Available

    A comprehensive and transatlantic guide to writing great - and funny - sitcoms which are also commercially appealing, and successfully pitching them. more...

  • Masterclass: Writing a TV Sitcom, Getting it Produced: Teach Yourselfby Nicholas Gibbs

    Hodder & Stoughton 2015; US$ 22.67

    A comprehensive and transatlantic guide to writing great - and funny - sitcoms which are also commercially appealing, and successfully pitching them. more...

  • Born Standing Upby Steve Martin

    Simon & Schuster UK 2008; US$ 13.00

    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...

  • Matchbox Theatreby Michael Frayn

    Faber & Faber 2014; US$ 13.11

    Matchbox Theatre presents a miniature sketch show: thirty dialogues and monologues by Michael Frayn, to be played in the smallest theatre in the world - the theatre of your own imagination. Sir Geoffrye and Lady Hilarye, sleeping peacefully on their marble tomb these last six hundred years, are woken by the thump of rock music in the crypt... more...

  • My Turnby Norman Wisdom

    Random House 2011; US$ 12.71

    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...