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Comedy

  • Content Providerby Stewart Lee

    Faber & Faber 2016; US$ 16.03

    Over the last few years, often when David Mitchell has been on holiday, the comedian Stewart Lee has been attempting to understand modern Britain in a weekly newspaper column. Why are there so few right-wing stand-ups? Who was Grant Shapps? What does your Spotify playlist data say about you? Are Jeremy Corbyn and Stewart Lee really the new Christs?... 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...

  • What Would Beyoncé Do?!by Luisa Omielan

    Random House 2016; US$ 21.14

    You know when you find yourself approaching thirty and your dreams are broken? You've got a temping career going nowhere, a student debt that?s mounting and you've just had to move back into your mum?s house. Then to top it all off, you get absolutely annihilated with heartbreak because of an ex, who is just ?not ready? but then manages to be ready,... 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...

  • Digging Up Motherby Doug Stanhope; Johnny Depp

    Da Capo Press 2016; US$ 25.99

    A dark and twisted memoir by outrageous comedian Doug Stanhope 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...

  • 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...

  • Chasing the Last Laughby Richard Zacks

    Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group 2016; US$ 30.00

    From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of  Island of Vice  and  The Pirate Hunter,  a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain?s late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy?and revived his world-class sense of humor Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation?s... more...

  • Caspar Leeby Jo Berry

    Orion 2016; US$ 12.99

    Caspar Lee is a social media sensation. As part of the YouTubing elite, Caspar has risen to the top of online fame and he shares his world with millions of viewers every day. This book will be the ultimate fan guide, full of his original brand of comedy and general silliness. Jam-packed with everything from fun facts, pranks, puzzles and personal... more...

  • 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...