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Author Nesteroff, Kliph, author.

Title The comedians : drunks, thieves, scoundrels, and the history of American comedy / Kliph Nesteroff.

Publication Info. New York : Grove Press, [2015]


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 PAS Central Library Non-Fiction, 1st Floor    792.76 NES    DUE 06-05-19
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Edition First edition.
Description xvii, 425 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
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Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [363]-393) and index.
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.
Summary "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 essential history of American comedy."--Book jacket.
Subject American wit and humor -- History and criticism.
Stand-up comedy -- United States -- History and criticism.
Comedians -- United States.
ISBN 9780802123985 (hardcover)
0802123988 (hardcover)

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