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Comedy

  • 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... 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 Group US 2010; US$ 25.95

    "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...

  • American Cornballby Christopher Miller

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 21.99

    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$ 80.00

    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$ 13.63

    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...

  • American on Purposeby Craig Ferguson

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 12.99

    In his memoir American on Purpose , Craig Ferguson, host of The Late, Late Show , traces his journey from working-class Glasgow to the comedic limelight of Hollywood and American citizenship. Moving and achingly funny, American on Purpose moves from Ferguson?s early life as an alcoholic to his stint on The Drew Carey Show to his decision to become... more...

  • And Nothing But the Truthinessby Lisa Rogak

    St. Martin's Press 2011; US$ 20.99

    A funny and personal portrait of the comedian who became the headline-making, ground-breaking star of The Colbert Report . ?My name is Stephen Colbert, but I actually play someone on television named Stephen Colbert, who looks like me and talks like me, but who says things with a straight face [that] he doesn?t mean.? ?Stephen Colbert... more...

  • Andy Kaufmanby Florian Keller

    University of Minnesota Press 2005; US$ 58.50

    Taking as his starting point the 1999 biopic Man on the Moon, Florian Keller explores Andy Kaufman's career within a broader discussion of the ideology of the American Dream, grasping Kaufman's radical agenda beyond avant-garde theories of transgression. Presenting readings of Kaufman's most significant performances, Keller shows how he... more...

  • Andy Kaufman Revealed!by Bob Zmuda

    Little, Brown and Company 2000; US$ 11.99

    Best known for his sweet-natured character Latka on Taxi, Andy Kaufman was the most influential comic of the generation that produced David Letterman, John Belushi, and Robin Williams. A regular on the early days of Saturday Night Live (where he regularly disrupted planned skits), Kaufman quickly became known for his idiosyncratic roles and for performances... more...