The comedians : Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy. / Kliph Nesteroff.
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- ISBN: 9780802190864 (electronic bk)
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- Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] : [publisher not identified], 2015.
In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff's groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years.Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian-an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian's primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy's...
Electronic reproduction. New York : Grove Press, Black Cat, 2015. Requires OverDrive Read (file size: N/A KB) or Adobe Digital Editions (file size: 16088 KB) or Amazon Kindle (file size: N/A KB).
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