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Comedy

  • 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...

  • Shakespeare's Comedies: A Very Short Introductionby Bart van Es

    OUP Oxford 2016; US$ 7.99

    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...

  • Thatcher Stole My Trousersby Alexei Sayle

    Bloomsbury Publishing 2016; US$ 18.99

    'What I brought to comedy was an authentic working-class voice plus a threat of genuine violence - nobody in Monty Python looked like a hard case who'd kick your head in.' In 1971 comedians on the working men's club circuit imagined that they would be free to go on telling their tired, racist, misogynistic gags forever but their nemesis, a 19 year... more...

  • Do You Talk Funny?by David Nihill

    BenBella Books, Inc. 2016; US$ 14.99

    Public speaking can be terrifying. For David Nihill, the idea of standing in front of an audience was scarier than cliff jumping into a thorny pit of spiders and mothers-in-law. Without a parachute or advanced weaponry. Something had to change. In what doesn?t sound like the best plan ever, David decided to overcome his fears by pretending to be... more...

  • Carry On Filmsby Mark Campbell

    Oldcastle Books 2016; US$ 8.74

    Infamy! Infamy! They've All Got It In For Me! Beginning with the feel-good conscription caper Carry On Sergeant (1958) and finishing up with the much-maligned sex farce Carry On Emmannuelle (1978), producer Peter Rogers and director Gerald Thomas tossed off a record-breaking thirty films, all with that unique 'naughty but nice' seaside postcard-style... more...

  • The School for Wives by Molière (Reading Guide)by Bright Summaries

    Primento Digital 2016; US$ 4.99

    In this clear and detailed reading guide, we?ve done all the hard work for you! The School for Wives by Molière is a comedy in which an old man tries to ensure the faithfulness of the young woman he intends to marry by keeping her ignorant. This major play triggered a scandal at the time, both because of its controversial content and innovative... more...

  • You're Better Than Meby Bonnie McFarlane

    HarperCollins 2016; US$ 12.99

    In the spirit of Mindy Kaling, Kelly Oxford, and Sarah Silverman, a compulsively readable and outrageously funny memoir of growing up as a fish out of water, finding your voice, and embracing your inner crazy-person, from popular actress, writer, and comedian Bonnie McFarlane.  It took Bonnie McFarlane a lot of time, effort, and tequila to get to... more...

  • Comedy Writing Secretsby Mark Shatz; Mel Helitzer

    F+W Media 2016; US$ 17.99

    The Must-Have Guide to Humor Writing Bring on the funny! With Comedy Writing Secrets 3rd Edition , you can discover the secrets of humor writing that will keep your readers rolling in their seats. Learn the basics of joke construction, as well as in-depth comedy-writing techniques that you can apply to a variety of print and online markets. If... more...