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Comedy

  • 30 Rock and Philosophyby William Irwin

    Wiley 2010; US$ 18.95 US$ 13.26

    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...

  • 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...

  • All I Ever Wrote: The Complete Worksby Ronnie Barker

    Ebury Publishing 2015; US$ 28.19

    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...

  • American Cornballby Christopher Miller

    HarperCollins 2014; US$ 23.99

    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 on Purposeby Craig Ferguson

    HarperCollins 2009; US$ 11.24

    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 No... 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...

  • Angry Optimistby Lisa Rogak

    St. Martin's Press 2014; US$ 16.99

    A New York Times Bestseller Since his arrival at The Daily Show in 1999, Jon Stewart has become one of the major players in comedy as well as one of the most significant liberal voices in the media. In Angry Optimist, biographer Lisa Rogak charts his unlikely rise to stardom. She follows him from his early days growing up in New Jersey, through... more...