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- Random House 2011; US$ 12.68
Beyond a Joke is a celebration of comedy - one of the modern world's most dominant and compelling art forms - but it is also the story of comedy's dark side, homing in on the scandals that have surrounded some of light entertainment's biggest stars, and telling it as it is, featuring insight from one who was there at the time. While Beyond a... more...
- Faber & Faber 2010; US$ 11.66
Experience how it feels to be the subject of a blasphemy prosecution! Find out why 'wool' is a funny word! See how jokes work, their inner mechanisms revealed, before your astonished face! In 2001, after over a decade in the business, Stewart Lee quit stand-up, disillusioned and drained, and went off to direct a loss-making musical, Jerry Springer:... more...
- St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 20.99
A funny and personal portrait of the comedian who became the headline-making, ground-breaking star of The Colbert Report . "My name is Stephen Colbert, but I actually play someone on television named Stephen Colbert, who looks like me and talks like me, but who says things with a straight face [that] he doesn't mean."?Stephen Colbert No... more...
- HarperCollins 2011; US$ 17.99
Tina Fey?s Bossypants meets David Carr?s The Night of the Gun in Darrell Hammond?sgroundbreaking memoir, God, If You?re Not Up There, I?m F*cked ?a raw look inside the troubled life and mind of anAmerican comic genius. By turns poignant and hilarious, Hammond takes readersfrom the set of Saturday Night Live , where he was the show?slongest-tenured... more...
- St. Martin's Press 2007; US$ 22.99
The first biography of the comedic genius behind the cult favorite TV show "Da Ali G Show" and the high grossing?and gross out?smash film Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan. If the millions of fans who flocked to the blockbuster films Borat and Talladega Nights tuned in to Sacha Baron Cohen's... more...
- Simon & Schuster 2012; US$ 18.00
This reissue of Bob Woodword?s classic book about John Belushi?one of the most interesting performers and personalities in show business history??is told with the same narrative style that Woodward employed so effectively in All the President?s Men and The Final Days ? ( Chicago Tribune ). John Belushi was found dead of a drug overdose March 5,... more...
- Hodder & Stoughton 2010; US$ 10.99
Alexei knew he was doomed to be different the day he was taken to see Sergei Eisentein's Alexander Nevsky instead of Walt Disney's Bambi. Born on the day that egg rationing came to an end, Alexei grew up with his parents and the Soviet Weekly. Each year they holidayed in Eastern Europe, where they were shown round locomotive factories and the sites... more...
- Hodder & Stoughton 2011; US$ 10.99
There are those who say - and Peter Cook himself was among them - that most of his humour was autobiographical. Others - and Peter Cook himself was among them -contend that this simply isn't the case. The truth, of course, lies somewhere in the middle. Peter Cook made President Kennedy wait in line to see him and visited Elizabeth Taylor in her... more...
- Pan Macmillan 2011; US$ 10.37
He's the man with short fat hairy legs who kept us laughing for decades, his comic timing sparking perfectly with the genius of his partner Eric Morecambe. Yet little has been known about Ernie's amazing story, until now. Little Ern! takes us from Ernie's childhood in Leeds, where he supported his family by performing on stage, to being left to... more...
- Farrar, Straus and Giroux 2012; US$ 17.99
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...