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The comedians : drunks, thieves, scoundrels, and the history of American comedy

Author: Kliph Nesteroff
Publisher: New York : Grove Press, [2015] ©2015
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : English : First editionView all editions and formats
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"Jokes change from generation to generation, but the experience of the stand-up comedian transcends the ages: the striving and struggles, the tragedy and triumph. From the Marx Brothers to Milton Berle, George Carlin to Eddie Murphy, Conan O'Brien to Louis C. K.--comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff presents a century of fascinating rebels, forgotten stars, and characters on the precipice of fame in this essnetial  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Kliph Nesteroff
ISBN: 0802190863 9780802190864
OCLC Number: 926093269
Description: 1 online resource (xvii, 425 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates) : illustrations, portraits
Contents: Vaudeville comedians --
Radio --
Nightclubs --
Television --
Late night --
The emergence of Las Vegas --
Stand-up's great change --
Percolation in the mid-1960s --
Hippie madness at decade's end --
The first comedy clubs and the 1970s --
The stand-up comedy boom --
The 1990s --
The new mellennium.
Responsibility: Kliph Nesteroff.

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"Jokes change from generation to generation, but the experience of the stand-up comedian transcends the ages: the striving and struggles, the tragedy and triumph. From the Marx Brothers to Milton Berle, George Carlin to Eddie Murphy, Conan O'Brien to Louis C. K.--comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff presents a century of fascinating rebels, forgotten stars, and characters on the precipice of fame in this essnetial history of American comedy."--Book jacket.

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