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  • The Haunted Smileby Lawrence J. Epstein

    PublicAffairs 2008; US$ 26.00

    Lawrence Epstein's The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful: the story of Jewish comedians in America. For the past century and more, American comedy has drawn its strength and soul from the comic genius of Jewish performers and writers. An incomplete listing of names makes the point: The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny... more...

  • How to Talk Dirty and Influence Peopleby Lenny Bruce; Lewis Black; Howard Reich

    Da Capo Press 2016; US$ 20.00

    During the course of a career that began in the late 1940s, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions and widened the boundaries of free speech. Critic Ralph Gleason said, So many taboos have been lifted and so many comics have rushed through the doors Lenny opened. He utterly changed the... more...

  • Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Bookby Mel Brooks; Judd Apatow

    Hachette Books 2016; US$ 32.00

    Mel Brooks' own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary. Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema-and for the power of... more...

  • Waiting for the Punchby Marc Maron; John Oliver

    Flatiron Books 2017; US$ 19.59

    "I?m British, so I?m medically dead inside, but even I can?t help but open up whenever I talk to Marc. He uses his honestly like a scalpel, cutting himself open in front of anyone he?s talking to, and in doing so, invites you to do the same. " ?John Oliver Each week over a million and a half listeners tune into WTF with Marc Maron to hear Marc and... more...

  • Flying Funnyby Dudley Riggs

    University of Minnesota Press 2017; Not Available

    Dudley Riggs didn?t have to run away from home to join the circus. Home was the circus. Son of the acclaimed aerial flyers Riggs and Riggs, he made his circus debut as a polar prince parading in a wagon pulled by a polar bear. At the age of five, he graduated to a risqué vaudeville act during the circus off- season; at eight, he outgrew his cutes... more...

  • Digging Up Motherby Doug Stanhope; Johnny Depp

    Da Capo Press 2016; US$ 20.00

    Doug Stanhope is one of the most critically acclaimed and stridently unrepentant comedians of his generation. What will surprise some is that he owes so much of his dark and sometimes uncomfortably honest sense of humor to his mother, Bonnie. It was the cartoons in her Hustler magazine issues that molded the beginnings of his comedic journey, long... more...

  • Unsuccessful Thugby Mike Epps

    HarperCollins 2018; US$ 14.99

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  • Mastering Stand-Upby Stephen Rosenfield

    Chicago Review Press 2017; US$ 13.99

    Stephen Rosenfield, founder and director of the American Comedy Institute, the premier comedy school in the United States, has taught literally dozens of major standup comics in North America, and has also pioneered comedy as an academic discipline in many universities, a trend that is rapidly spreading. Mastering Stand-Up draws on Rosenfield's... more...

  • King of Comedyby Shawn Levy

    St. Martin's Press 2016; US$ 6.79

    Shawn Levy's fascinating biography King of Comedy - the product of vast research and interviews with contemporaries, admirers, foes, and even, briefly, Lewis himself - traces the story of a man who defines High American Show Biz. At points along the time line of his career, Lewis has been the highest-paid performer in history in film, on television,... more...

  • Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Daysby Fred Goodwins; David James; Dan Kamin

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 36.00

    This is a behind-the-scenes look at film comedian Charlie Chaplin by an actor in Chaplin's stock company. In 1916 Fred Goodwins wrote more than thirty-five articles for Red Letter magazine that provide fascinating insights about Chaplin at work and play?articles that few have seen since they were written a century ago. more...