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  • The Laughing Deadby Cynthia J. Miller; A. Bowdoin Van Riper

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2016; US$ 80.00

    From the terrified double-takes of Lou Costello and Bob Hope and the rapid-fire wisecracks of Michael Keaton's Beetlejuice to the ghoulish sight gags of Shaun of the Dead , horror and humor have been intertwined, on screens large and small, for decades. This edited collection of essays surveys the rich and varied history of the horror-comedy... more...

  • The Charlie Chaplin Bookby Robert Keene Thompson

    Dover Publications 2016; US$ 9.95

    Beloved around the world for his Little Tramp character, Charlie Chaplin was the most famous person on the planet during the early twentieth century, and his popularity endures to this day. Cinephiles and Chaplin aficionados will rejoice in these expert novelizations by a famed Hollywood screenwriter of the scripts for ten short films Chaplin made... more...

  • Joker Faceby Steve Best

    Random House 2017; US$ 18.32

    Stewart Lee has seen a ghost but doesn’t believe in the afterlife. Rob Beckett can peel a banana with his feet. Viv Groskop gave birth to a baby next to a dishwasher. What do you get when you combine unknown facts about some of Britain’s best-loved comedians with their favourite one-liners and candid, black-and-white portraits? The result is Joker... more...

  • The Everything Guide to Comedy Writingby Mike Bent

    Adams Media 2009; US$ 11.99

    A guy walks into a bar... With this guide, aspiring comics will learn to navigate the complex world of comedy writing. Discover how to tap into your natural sense of humor through real-life examples and hands-on skill-building exercises. Learn the best ways to come up with ideas and write comedy that gets laughs--every time! Mike Bent , an accomplished... more...

  • Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Daysby Fred Goodwins; David James; Dan Kamin

    Rowman & Littlefield Publishers 2017; US$ 36.00

    This is a behind-the-scenes look at film comedian Charlie Chaplin by an actor in Chaplin's stock company. In 1916 Fred Goodwins wrote more than thirty-five articles for Red Letter magazine that provide fascinating insights about Chaplin at work and play—articles that few have seen since they were written a century ago. more...

  • Discovering the Clown, or The Funny Book of Good Actingby Christopher Bayes; Virginia Scott

    Theatre Communications Group 2018; US$ 16.95

    A vibrant, witty guide to discovering your inner clown. more...

  • How to Talk Dirty and Influence Peopleby Lenny Bruce; Lewis Black; Howard Reich

    Da Capo Press 2016; US$ 20.00

    During the course of a career that began in the late 1940s, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions and widened the boundaries of free speech. Critic Ralph Gleason said, So many taboos have been lifted and so many comics have rushed through the doors Lenny opened. He utterly changed the... more...

  • The Haunted Smileby Lawrence J. Epstein

    PublicAffairs 2008; US$ 26.00

    Lawrence Epstein's The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful: the story of Jewish comedians in America. For the past century and more, American comedy has drawn its strength and soul from the comic genius of Jewish performers and writers. An incomplete listing of names makes the point: The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny... more...

  • Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Bookby Mel Brooks; Judd Apatow

    Hachette Books 2016; US$ 32.00

    Mel Brooks' own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews, and hilarious commentary. Young Frankenstein was made with deep respect for the craft and history of cinema-and for the power of... more...