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Comedy

  • Laurel & Hardyby Brian Robb

    Oldcastle Books 2015; US$ 8.74

    Who are Laurel and Hardy? Only the most recognisable comedy team that cinema has ever produced. British-born Stan Laurel and American Oliver Hardy were teamed up at the struggling Hal Roach studios in the 1920s and embarked on a series of hilarious short silent films. They soon established a classic screen partnership and became instantly recognisable... more...

  • Cerulean Blueby Drew Hayden Taylor

    Talonbooks 2015; US$ 18.95

    A band with nowhere to go ends up in the last place they wanted to be. more...

  • The Comedy Improv Handbookby Matt Fotis; Siobhan O'Hara

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 24.95

    The Comedy Improv Handbook: A Comprehensive Guide to University Improvisational Comedy in Theatre and Performance is a one-stop resource for both improv teachers and students, covering improv history, theory, maxims, exercises, games, and structures. You will learn the necessary skills and techniques needed to become a successful improviser, developing... more...

  • The Oberon Book of Comic Monologues for Women: Volume Twoby Katy Wix

    OBERON BOOKS Ltd 2015; US$ 12.99

    Hot on the heels of her bestselling first volume of Comic Monologues for Women , Katy Wix has written another forty brand-spanking new speeches. Finding original and amusing material to perform can be a daunting task, especially for women. This second collection of comic monologues provides female performers with even more choice and opportunity... more...

  • Easily Distractedby Steve Coogan

    Random House 2015; US$ 31.98

    Steve Coogan was born and raised in Manchester in the 1960s, the fourth of six children. From an early age he entertained his family with impressions and was often told he should 'be on the telly'. Failing to get into any of the London-based drama schools, he accepted a place at Manchester Polytechnic School of Theatre and before graduating had been... more...

  • Kvetching and Shpritzingby Joseph Dorinson

    McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers 2015; US$ 55.00

    Jewish humor, with its rational skepticism and cutting social criticism, permeates American popular culture. Scholars of humor--from Sigmund Freud to Woody Allen--have studied the essence of the Jewish joke, at once a defense mechanism against a hostile world and a means of cultural affirmation. Where did this wit originate? Why do Jewish humorists... more...

  • A Carlin Home Companionby Kelly Carlin

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 27.99

    A memoir from the daughter of George Carlin "a hero to many, but a father to one" ?Bill Maher more...

  • All I Ever Wrote: The Complete Worksby Ronnie Barker

    Ebury Publishing 2015; US$ 31.98

    Ronnie Barker has long been known as one of Britain?s greatest comedy performers. But he was also responsible for writing much of the material he performed, often hiding the fact from the public by using a number of pen names. Showcasing the complete work of a true comic icon, All I Ever Wrote is a laugh-out-loud collection of sketches, monologues,... more...

  • Acting Comedyby Christopher Olsen

    Taylor and Francis 2015; US$ 39.95

    Despite being roundly cited as much harder to perform than its dramatic counterpart, comic acting is traditionally seen as a performance genre that can?t be taught. At best it is often described as a skill that can only be learned "on the job" through years of practice, or given to a performer through natural talent. Acting Comedy is an effort... more...

  • The Cherry Orchardby Peter Gill; Anton Chekhov

    OBERON BOOKS Ltd 2015; US$ 12.99

    First performed at the Moscow Art Theatre in 1904, directed by Konstantin Stanislavski, The Cherry Orchard remains a classic of the theatre. Completed less than a year before his death at the age of forty-four, Chekhov?s last ?comedy? still ranks supreme as a human tragedy of dispossession with audiences and actors alike. Peter Gill?s luminous version... more...