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Dessau, Bruce

Overview
Works: 16 works in 41 publications in 7 languages and 912 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Humor 
Classifications: PN2598.A87, 791.45028092
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Most widely held works by Bruce Dessau
Rowan Atkinson by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
14 editions published between 1997 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 432 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beyond a joke by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
3 editions published between 2011 and 2012 in English and held by 116 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Beyond a Joke" is a celebration of comedy - one of the modern world's most dominant and compelling art forms - but it is also the story of comedy's dark side, homing in on the scandals that have surrounded some of light entertainment's biggest stars, and telling it as it is, featuring quotes from those that were there at the time. How the devoted laughter of those fans onstage never seemed to be enough for these moody, prickly, ego-driven entertainers. How they would constantly seek more thrills when the curtain came down. The offstage antics of certain comedians would make even rock stars blush. The number of comedians who have had to deal with paternity suits would make a book in itself. While "Beyond a Joke" explores the extremes of this world it also addresses another question. Are comedians naturally dysfunctional, or does the stress and pressure of the job make them dysfunctional? Ruby Wax once told me that she had builders in her house who were just as emotionally unstable as most stand-up comedians she had worked with. But they don't want to go on stage and plead with an audience to love them. There is something about wanting to make strangers laugh for a living that is intrinsically, fundamentally, strange. Stand-up is doubly peculiar in that respect. It's just the one person emotionally naked on the stage in front of maybe thousands of people. No safety net, no back up. It takes a particularly odd person to want to pursue comedy as a career. And, as "Beyond a Joke" will reveal, the behaviour of comedians once they are successful in their chosen career makes them even odder. Bruce Dessau is the only person who could write this book. From Russell Brand slashing his chest onstage to Jo Brand trashing a friend's car on the motorway, he has heard it all. Bruce Dessau knows where the bodies are buried
George Michael : the making of a superstar by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
6 editions published between 1989 and 1991 in English and held by 88 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Reeves & Mortimer by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
2 editions published between 1998 and 1999 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The funny side of Billy Connolly by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 67 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The funny side of Victoria Wood by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
1 edition published in 1997 in English and held by 55 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
U can't touch this! : M.C. Hammer official photo album by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
3 editions published in 1991 in English and held by 24 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Red dwarf by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Bean there done that : the life and times of Rowan Atkinson by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
3 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
George Michael : de creatie van een superstar by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
1 edition published in 1989 in Dutch and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Schets van de loopbaan van de Britse popzanger (1963- )
M.C. Hammer: u can't touch this! : Official photo album by Bruce Dessau ( Book )
1 edition published in 1991 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Bluffer's guide to fishing by Bruce Dessau ( )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The Bluffer''s Guide to Stand-up Comedy by Bruce Dessau ( )
1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Instantly acquire all the knowledge you need to pass as an expert in the world of stand-up comedy. Never again confuse a nail with a bomb, a flop sweat with a cotton mouth, or a tag line with a zinger. Bask in the admiration of your fellow comedy aficionados as you pronounce confidently on the comparative merits of the greatest performers in the history of stand-up, and hold your own in any discussion about the best gags of all time
Orchesterstudien aus ... Bühnenwerken, Violin I by Richard Strauss ( )
1 edition published in 1943 in Undetermined and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Danmarks Deltagelse i den internationale Udstilling af Kunstindustri og Haandvaerkskunst Paris 1925 : beretning fra det Danske Kommissariat ( Book )
1 edition published in 1927 in Danish and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
Mr. atokinson no himitsu ( Book )
1 edition published in 1998 in Japanese and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide
 
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Alternative Names
デッソー, ブルース
Languages
English (33)
German (1)
Danish (1)
Japanese (1)
Polish (1)
Dutch (1)
Czech (1)
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