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Seriously funny : the rebel comedians of the 1950s and 1960s

Author: Gerald Nachman
Publisher: New York : Back Stage Books, 2004.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Biography : English : Pbk. edView all editions and formats
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" ... chronicles the "Satiric Revolution" that took place in American comedy in the 1950s and 1960s, and offers profiles of the 25 most important comics from this era." Includes material on Mort Sahl, Sid Caesar, Tom Lehrer, Ernie Kovacs, Steve Allen, Stan Freberg, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Jean Shepherd, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, Shelley Berman, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce,  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Biography
Material Type: Biography
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gerald Nachman
ISBN: 0823047865 9780823047864
OCLC Number: 57694705
Description: x, 659 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: The 1950s. A voice in the wilderness: Mort Sahl ; Rendering unto Caesar: Sid Caesar ; Sing a song of strychnine: Tom Lehrer ; The start of something big: Steve Allen ; And now, a laugh from our sponsor: Stan Freberg ; Televisionary: Ernie Kovacs ; Mom from Mars: Phyllis Diller ; The wild child: Jonathan Winters ; Out of thin air: Jean Shepherd, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding ; Call interrupt: Shelley Berman ; Double jeopardy: Mike Nichols and Elaine May. --
The 1960s. Charlie everybody: Bob Newhart ; The Elvis of stand-up: Lenny Bruce ; Color-coordinated: Godfrey Cambridge ; Sibling revelry: The Smothers brothers ; Bawdy and soul: Mel Brooks ; Curing the body politic: Dick Gregory ; Lasting impressions: David Frye, Vaughn Meader, Will Jordan ; Schnook's progress: Woody Allen ; Father Goose, Inc.: Bill Cosby ; Girl squawk: Joan Rivers.
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" ... chronicles the "Satiric Revolution" that took place in American comedy in the 1950s and 1960s, and offers profiles of the 25 most important comics from this era." Includes material on Mort Sahl, Sid Caesar, Tom Lehrer, Ernie Kovacs, Steve Allen, Stan Freberg, Phyllis Diller, Jonathan Winters, Jean Shepherd, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding, Shelley Berman, Mike Nichols and Elaine May, Bob Newhart, Lenny Bruce, Godfrey Cambridge, the Smothers Brothers, Mel Brooks, Dick Gregory, David Frye, Vaughn Meader, Will Jordan, Woody Allen, Bill Cosby, Joan Rivers."

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