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Make 'em laugh : the funny business of America

Author: Laurence Maslon; Michael Kantor
Publisher: New York : Twelve, 2008.
Edition/Format:   Book : Biography : English : 1st edView all editions and formats
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A lighthearted survey of American comedy from the past century and the achievements of its top contributors includes interviews with such figures as Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, and Ellen DeGeneres.
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Genre/Form: Biography
History
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Laurence Maslon; Michael Kantor
ISBN: 9780446505314 0446505315
OCLC Number: 245561649
Notes: "The companion to the PBS series"--Jacket.
Performer(s): Includes bibliography (p. 366-369) and index.
Description: 383 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 29 cm
Contents: Slip on a banana peel : the knockabouts --
Sock it to me? : satire and parody --
Never give a sucker an even break : smart-alecks and wiseguys --
Would ya hit a guy with glasses? : nerds, jerks, oddballs, and slackers --
Honey, I'm home! : breadwinners and homemakers --
When I'm bad, I'm better : the groundbreakers.
Other Titles: Make them laugh
Responsibility: Laurence Maslon ; based on the documentary film by Michael Kantor.
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An illuminating look back at the last century of American comedy and the greats who have shaped it. The companion to the forthcoming five-part PBS documentary by the creators of Broadway: The  Read more...

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