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  • 30 Rock and Philosophyby William Irwin

    Wiley 2010; US$ 18.95

    A fascinating exploration of the philosophy behind NBC?s hit TV series, 30 Rock With edgy writing and a great cast, 30 Rock is one of the funniest television shows on the air?and where hilarity ensues, philosophical questions abound: Are Liz Lemon and Jack Donaghy ethical heroes? Kenneth redefines "goody two shoes", but what does it really mean... 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...

  • Adam Sandlerby Bill Crawford

    St. Martin's Press 2015; US$ 8.99

    From the comedy clubs of New York to his big break on "Saturday Night Live" to block-buster films like "Big Daddy" and "Little Nicky" Adam Sandler has left America howling in their seats and peeing in their pants. Sandler has emerged as the decade's most unstoppable comedic-and the ladies love him! But how many people know the story behind this lovable... more...

  • Aint That a Knee-Slapperby Tim Hollis

    University Press of Mississippi 2008; US$ 25.00

    There was a time when rural comedians drew most of their humor from tales of farmers' daughters, hogs, hens, and hill country high jinks. Lum and Abner and Ma and Pa Kettle might not have toured happily under the "Redneck" marquee, but they were its precursors. In Ain't That a Knee-Slapper: Rural Comedy in the Twentieth Century ,... more...

  • All By My Selvesby Jeff Dunham

    Penguin Publishing Group 2010; US$ 15.00

    "The most popular standup comic in the U.S." -- Time Whether he's breathing life into Walter, an old curmudgeon; Peanut, an over-caffeinated purple maniac; or Achmed, a screaming, skeletal, dead terrorist, comedian and ventriloquist Jeff Dunham is the straight man to some of the wildest, funniest partners in show business. All By My Selves... 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...

  • All To Play Forby William Rocke

    Original Writing 2012; US$ 9.99

    Romantic/thriller set in the world of big-time golf more...

  • American Cornballby Christopher Miller

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 19.99

    American Cornball is Christopher Miller's irresistibly funny illustrated survey of popular humor?the topics that used to make us laugh, from hiccups and henpecked-husbands to outhouses and old maids?and what it tells us about our country yesterday and today. Miller revisits nearly 200 comic staples that have been passed down through our culture... more...

  • American Film Satire in the 1990sby Johan Nilsson

    Palgrave Macmillan 2013; US$ 85.00

    This study examines how a particular selection of films turned American cultural material of the 1990s into satirical experiences for viewers and finds that there are elements of resistance to norms and conventions in politics, to mainstream news channels and Hollywood, and to official American history already embedded in the culture. more...

  • American Screamby Cynthia True

    Pan Macmillan UK 2002; US$ 11.81

    The highly-acclaimed unauthorised biography of cult anti-hero comedian Bill Hicks.He was a radical stand up who dared to question the values of small town America and the evils of American foreign policy. Ruthlessly honest, a voice of reason in what he saw as an insane world, Hicks refused to compromise in spite of the censorship he faced for most... more...