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Comedy

  • 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...

  • Keeping Quietby Julian Dutton

    Andrews UK 2015; US$ 14.99

    Keeping Quiet is a love-letter to the modern sight-gag on film and television, tracing the history of physical clowning since the advent of sound. Taking up the story of visual humour where Paul Merton’s Silent Comedy leaves off, Julian Dutton charts the lives and work of all the great comedians who chose to remain silent, from Charlie Chaplin... more...

  • The Improv Bookby Alison Goldie

    OBERON BOOKS Ltd 2015; US$ 18.99

    A smart, witty and accessible guide to the rewarding and joyful practice of improvisation. ? Classic improv games and variations ? Telling stories and creating characters ? Using improv to make theatre and comedy, from monologues to full-scale productions An asset to students and teachers of improvisation in schools, drama schools, higher... more...

  • The Clown Manifestoby Nalle Laanela; Stacey Sacks

    OBERON BOOKS Ltd 2015; US$ 16.99

    Part clown manual, part storytelling and part rant ? The Clown Manifesto covers the experiences, philosophies and methods of the clown performer/director/teacher Nalleslavski. A book for clowns, physical comedians, actors, musicians, jugglers, puppeteers, magicians, street performers and dancers. Whatever form your clowning takes ? theatre, street... more...

  • The Mentalistsby Richard Bean

    OBERON BOOKS Ltd 2015; US$ 12.99

    A hotel room, a long-standing friendship and a hair raising plan! Holed up in a faceless Finsbury Park hotel room, Ted and Morrie are forced to confront the darker side of their unique relationship. Things unravel as the pressure mounts in this hilarious and touching tale of friendship and utopian visions gone awry. more...

  • A Book for Herby Bridget Christie

    Random House 2015; US$ 23.98

    Bridget Christie is a stand-up comedian, idiot and feminist. On the 30th of April 2012, a man farted in the Women?s Studies Section of a bookshop and it changed her life forever. A Book For Her details Christie?s twelve years of anonymous toil in the bowels of stand-up comedy and the sudden epiphany that made her, unbelievably, one of the most critically... more...

  • Sick in the Headby Judd Apatow

    Random House Publishing Group 2015; US$ 27.00

    NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection of intimate, hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years?including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.... more...

  • Funny on Purposeby Joe Randazzo; John Hodgman

    Chronicle Books LLC 2015; US$ 14.99

    It takes guts to be a comedian, and it takes smarts to make a living off it. In this insider's guide, former Onion Editor Joe Randazzo delivers a funny and insightful blueprint for those looking to turn their sense of humor into a vocation. Explaining how it works and how to break in, Joe provides tips and guidance, outlines successful career paths,... more...

  • Humor, Entertainment, and Popular Culture during World War Iby Clémentine Tholas-Disset; Karen A. Ritzenhoff

    Palgrave Macmillan 2015; US$ 95.00

    Humor and entertainment were vital to the war effort during World War I. While entertainment provided relief to soldiers in the trenches, it also built up support for the war effort on the home front. This book looks at transnational war culture by examining seemingly light-hearted discourses on the Great War. more...