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Author Friedman, Budd, 1932- author.

Title The Improv : an oral history of the comedy club that revolutionized stand-up / Budd Friedman with Tripp Whetsell ; foreword by Jay Leno.

Publication Info. Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, Inc., [2017]

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Description xxiii, 344 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color) ; 24 cm
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Note Includes index.
Summary "Have you heard the one about the aspiring Broadway producer who bought a closed restaurant and changed the course of American comedy? It's no joke-his name is Budd Friedman, and his legendary club helped shape the stand-up comedy that is still a staple of entertainment today. From the microphone to the iconic brick wall, the Improv has been the launching pad of the nation's most talented comedians. By providing a stage for them to riff on everything from race and religion to politics and sex, the Improv not only generated legions of comedy fans, it reinvented the art form by overturning the comedy traditions of the Borscht Belt. Budd Friedman's legendary comedy club wasn't the first to feature comedians, but it was the first of its kind to present comedians in a continuous format, and the first one to give unknown performers the opportunity to try out new material in front of a live audience-with the opportunity to be discovered by talent agents and late-night TV bookers. The Improv is an oral history of the most important comedy club in America, emceed by Budd Friedman himself, and featuring in-depth interviews with some of the most important names in comedy -including Jay Leno, Michael Keaton, Bill Maher, Larry David, Larry Miller, Jeff Garland, Jerry Stiller, Kevin Nealon, Gilbert Gottfried, Joe Piscopo, Tim Reid, Will Shriner, Roseanne Barr, Judd Apatow, Robert Klein, Richard Lewis, Leslie Moonves, Howie Mandel, Bill Engvall, Lily Tomlin, Rick Newman, Norman Lear, Billy Crystal, Alan Zweibel, Dick Cavett, Fred Willard, Jimmie Walker, David Steinberg, and many more! The Improv gives readers an exclusive, insider look at what really happened on stage and off-mike. From the revelry and the rivalry to the smash hits, near misses, love affairs, show biz politics, chemical experimentation, exhilarating rises, tragic downfalls and just plain fun, The Improv features true insiders' accounts of a unique institution in America's cultural history and the man who unofficially provided the laugh track for an entire nation"-- Provided by publisher.
Subject Improvisation (Organization : New York, N.Y.) -- History.
Friedman, Budd, 1932-
Stand-up comedy -- New York (State) -- New York -- History.
Theatrical producers and directors -- United States -- Biography.
Businessmen -- United States -- Biography.
Comedians -- United States -- Anecdotes.
Genre/Form Anecdotes.
Autobiographies.
Added Author Whetsell, Tripp, author.
Other Form: Online version: Friedman, Budd, 1932- author. Improv Dallas, TX : BenBella Books, [2017] 9781944648442 (DLC) 2017028364
ISBN 9781942952435 hardcover
1942952430 hardcover
9781942952442 electronic book
9781944648442 electronic book

 
    
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