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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:   eBook : Document : 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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Knoedelseder, William, 1947-
I'm dying up here.
New York : PublicAffairs, c2009
(DLC) 2009013751
(OCoLC)318191145
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: William Knoedelseder
ISBN: 9780786746187 0786746181 158648317X 9781586483173
OCLC Number: 436280408
Description: 1 online resource (x, 280 p., [12] p. of plates) : ill.
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
Heartbreak and high times in stand-up comedy's golden era
Responsibility: William Knoedelseder.

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A little-known story of the brief, shining moment when comedys stars-to-be were starving artists and friends in 1970s L. A. and of the strike that tore them apart  Read more...

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

 
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