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  • Small Man in a Bookby Rob Brydon

    Penguin Books Ltd 2011; US$ 12.68

    Rob Brydon tells story of his slow ascent to fame and fortune in Small Man in a Book . A multi-award-winning actor, writer, comedian and presenter known for his warmth, humour and inspired impressions, Rob Brydon has quickly become one of our very favourite entertainers. But there was a time when it looked like all we'd hear of Rob was his gifted... more...

  • Goodbye Soldierby Spike Milligan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 12.68

    Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared. 'The most irreverent, hilarious... more...

  • Peace Workby Spike Milligan

    Penguin Books Ltd 2012; US$ 12.68

    Spike Milligan's legendary war memoirs are a hilarious and subversive first-hand account of the Second World War, as well as a fascinating portrait of the formative years of this towering comic genius, most famous as writer and star of The Goon Show. They have sold over 4.5 million copies since they first appeared. 'The most irreverent, hilarious... more...

  • Make 'Em Laughby Michael Kantor; Laurence Maslon

    Grand Central Publishing 2008; US$ 46.00

    From the most popular routines and the most ingenious physical shtick to the snappiest wisecracks and the most biting satire of the last century, MAKE 'EM LAUGH illuminates who we are as a nation by exploring what makes us laugh, and why. Authors Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor draw on countless sources to chronicle the past century of American... more...

  • The Italian Comedyby Pierre Louis Duchartre

    Dover Publications 2012; US$ 24.95

    Illustrated history of the beginnings, growth and influence of the commedia dell’ arte. Describes improvisations, staging, marks, scenarios, acting troupes, and origins. more...

  • I'm Dying Up Hereby William Knoedelseder

    PublicAffairs 2009; US$ 24.00

    Now a Showtime original series In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show . There, in a late-night... more...

  • Content Providerby Stewart Lee

    Faber & Faber 2016; US$ 13.99

    Over the last few years, often when David Mitchell has been on holiday, the comedian Stewart Lee has been attempting to understand modern Britain in a weekly newspaper column. Why are there so few right-wing stand-ups? Who was Grant Shapps? What does your Spotify playlist data say about you? Are Jeremy Corbyn and Stewart Lee really the new Christs?... more...

  • Make 'Em Laughby Jeffrey Gurian; Richie Tienken; Chris Rock

    Skyhorse Publishing 2012; US$ 24.99

    This behind-the-scenes history of the legendary New York City club includes interviews with many top standup comedians.   The Comic Strip on New York’s Second Avenue is a historic landmark as a comedy showcase, and generations of standup comedians have cherished it as a venue that fosters growth and camaraderie, experimentation and freedom. This... more...

  • Understanding Comedy through College Comediesby Norman Kagan

    Hamilton Books 2018; US$ 35.00

    In this book, Norman Kagan explores of the nature of comedy and helps readers discover why they are laughing, new reasons to laugh, and new films to that will offer a source of laughter. more...

  • The Funny Thing Is...by Ellen DeGeneres

    Simon & Schuster 2003; US$ 11.99

    Ellen DeGeneres published her first book of comic essays, the #1 bestselling My Point...and I Do Have One, way back in 1996. Not one to rest on her laurels, the witty star of stage and screen has since dedicated her life to writing a hilarious new book. That book is this book. After years of painstaking, round-the-clock research, surviving on a... more...