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I'm dying up here : heartbreak and high times in stand-up comedy's golden era

Author: William Knoedelseder
Publisher: New York : PublicAffairs, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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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 world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since.  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Stand-up comedy routines
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: William Knoedelseder
ISBN: 9781586483173 158648317X 1586488961 9781586488963
OCLC Number: 318191145
Description: x, 280 p., [12] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm.
Contents: Prologue: A true comic --
Blood brothers --
The hippest room --
Mitzi's store --
Tom, Dave, and George --
All about Budd --
Six minutes, twenty-two laughs --
The boys' club --
Guns, drugs, and Westwood --
Comedy university --
Richard's baroness, Steve's movie --
The funniest year ever --
Roommates --
The New Year's resolution --
Drugs and theft --
Order, please --
Diary of a young comic --
The gauntlet --
Comedians for compensation --
Choosing up sides --
Fire! --
The vote --
All on the line --
Dave's big night --
The union forever? --
Jay's big flop --
"My name is Steve Lubetkin" --
A standing ovation --
Epilogue: the prisoner of memory.
Other Titles: I am dying up here
Responsibility: William Knoedelseder.

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Full of revealing portraits of many of the best-known comedic talents of the 1970s, "I'm Dying Up Here" is also a poignant tale of the price of success and the terrible cost of failure--professional  Read more...

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<b><i>Publishers Weekly, </i>STARRED review</b> "Knoedelseder skillfully layers powerful dramatic details, and readers will shelve the book alongside those other key classics on comedy."<b> Read more...

 
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