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  • Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introductionby Bart van Es

    OUP Oxford 2016; US$ 7.99 US$ 6.87

    In this Very Short Introduction Bart Van Es analyses Shakespeare's comedic plays, picking out the family resemblances across these works. He considers their shared themes such as confusion and cross dressing, misguided love, twins and substitutions, and explores the bard's verbal artistry and wit. more...

  • Born a Crimeby Trevor Noah

    Random House Publishing Group 2016; US$ 28.00

    The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man?s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed   Trevor Noah?s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black... more...

  • Performing in Comedyby Ian Wilkie

    Taylor and Francis 2016; US$ 44.95

    Ian Wilkie contends that comic acting is a distinct art form, and as such demands a unique skillset. By exploring the ways in which performance choices and improvised moments can work in conjunction with texts themselves, Performing in Comedy offers an indispensable practical tool for enhancing comic performance. This volume is a must-read for... more...

  • The Thick of It: The Missing DoSAC Filesby Armando Iannucci; Ian Martin; Jesse Armstrong; Simon Blackwell; Tony Roche

    Faber & Faber 2016; US$ 10.20

    'It's the kind of f***-up that would normally have Malcolm Tucker, Number 10's Communications Director, the master of spin and the "Matrix" spitting blood .. . No, the guilty party in this instance is none other than Tucker himself. The man who likes to keep an iron grip on every news item in the media and every policy announcement that comes... more...

  • The Laughing Deadby Cynthia J. Miller; A. Bowdoin Van Riper

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 84.99

    From the terrified double-takes of Lou Costello and Bob Hope and the rapid-fire wisecracks of Michael Keaton's Beetlejuice to the ghoulish sight gags of Shaun of the Dead , horror and humor have been intertwined, on screens large and small, for decades. This edited collection of essays surveys the rich and varied history of the horror-comedy... more...

  • The Charlie Chaplin Bookby Robert Keene Thompson

    Dover Publications 2016; US$ 9.95

    Beloved around the world for his Little Tramp character, Charlie Chaplin was the most famous person on the planet during the early twentieth century, and his popularity endures to this day. Cinephiles and Chaplin aficionados will rejoice in these expert novelizations by a famed Hollywood screenwriter of the scripts for ten short films Chaplin made... more...

  • Book of Davidby D.J. Steinberg

    Simon & Schuster 2007; US$ 23.00

    From award-winning comedian, director, writer, and producer David Steinberg comes the totally original, utterly blasphemous, and hysterically funny memoir of a young man who emerged from a traditional Jewish childhood to become an international star -- all because, it seems, he kept God in stitches. David Steinberg was raised in Winnipeg, Canada,... more...

  • Dean and Meby Jerry Lewis; James Kaplan

    Crown/Archetype 2007; US$ 16.99

    They were the unlikeliest of pairs?a handsome crooner and a skinny monkey, an Italian from Steubenville, Ohio, and a Jew from Newark, N.J.. Before they teamed up, Dean Martin seemed destined for a mediocre career as a nightclub singer, and Jerry Lewis was dressing up as Carmen Miranda and miming records on stage. But the moment they got together, something... more...

  • Too Fat to Fishby Artie Lange; Anthony Bozza; Howard Stern

    Random House Publishing Group 2008; US$ 17.00

    Outrageous, raw, and painfully funny true stories straight from the life of the actor, comedian, and much-loved cast member of The Howard Stern Show ?with a foreword by Howard Stern. When Artie Lange joined the permanent cast of The Howard Stern Show in 2001, it was possibly the greatest thing ever to happen in the Stern universe, second... more...