Number of page: 432
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
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 part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.
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The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy Nesterhoff, a former stand-up comic and the host of the Classic Showbiz Talk Show event series in Los Angeles, artfully charts the evolution of American comedy as an industry, from its beginnings in 1920s vaudeville to the podcasts of today. Nesterhoff deftly interleaves the biographies of renowned comics, such as Abbot and Costello, Buddy Hackett, Joan Rivers, and Chris Rock, with those of lesser
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Review: The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy Steve Martin titled his third album Comedy is Not Pretty. One could easily see the same sentiment used for Kliph Nesteroff’s new book on the art form. THE COMEDIANS is a thoughtful and welldocumented history. We are reminded of or, in some cases, introduced to the likes of Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Bob Hope, the Marx Brothers and the Smothers Brothers. But it is a world fans might not
LibraryThing Review This was a Christmas gift to my husband, who is a true lover of comedy and all sorts of comedians. He read it in a matter of days and thoroughly enjoyed it. Based on this alone, I recommend it to anyone who is a lover of comedy and the lives of those who make so many laugh.
LibraryThing Review This is a very well documented (dozens of pages of end notes citing sources) history of the American comedy business. Note that I said, “comedy business”. Despite its title, this isn’t really a book
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THE COMEDIANS: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy A comprehensive history of American stand-up comedy, from vaudeville to Twitter. At the beginning, Nesteroff, a former stand-up comedian and host of Classic Showbiz Talk Show, makes two important
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The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy Nesteroff, a stand-up comedian-turned-writer, conducted 200 original interviews and extensive archival research to chronicle American comedy over the last 100 years. He combines anecdotes and gossip
LibraryThing Review The Dramatic, Definitive Study The difference between Kliph Nesteroff’s The Comedians and the hundreds of other collections on comedians is that this is an order of magnitude above all the rest
Professor Risley and the Imperial Japanese Troupe: How an American Acrobat Introduced Circus to Japan–and Japan to the West
The unlikely history of early cross cultural encounters between the West and Japan featuring acrobats jugglers and a colorful American impresario
Tellings and Texts: Music, Literature and Performance in North India
Examining materials from early modern and contemporary North India and Pakistan Tellings and Textsbrings together seventeen first rate papers on the relations betweenwritten and oral texts their performance and the musical traditionsthese performances have entailed The contributions from some of thebest scholars in the field cover a wide range of literary genres andsocial and cultural contexts across the region The texts and practices are contextualized in relation to the broadersocial and political background in which they emerged showing howreligious affiliations caste dynamics and political concerns played arole in shaping social identities as well as aesthetic sensibilities Bydoing so this book sheds light into theoretical issues of more generalsignificance such as textual versus oral norms the features of oralperformance and improvisation the role of the text in performance theaesthetics and social dimension of performance the significance ofspace in performance history and important considerations on repertoiresof story telling The book also contains links to audio files of someof the works discussed in the text Tellings and Textsis essential reading for anyone with an interest in South Asian cultureand more generally in the theory and practice of oral literature performance and story telling
Beautiful Chaos: A Life in the Theater
Beautiful Chaos is an extraordinary journey of Carey Perloff and her theatre ACT Their continued evolution and ability to define and re define themselves with courage tenacity and bravery allow them to confront what seem like insurmountable odds This continues to shape and inspire Carey and those who work with her Olympia Dukakis Academy Award winning actress Carey Perloff s lively outspoken memoir of adventures in running and directing theatre will be a key document in the story of playmaking in America Tom Stoppard Playwright Carey Perloff quite literally raised a vibrant new theater from the rubble of an old one This refreshingly honest account of her triumphs and misfires over the past two decades is both a fascinating read and an invaluable handbook for anyone attempting such a labor of love Armistead Maupin author of Tales of the City Carey Perloff s marvel of a book is part memoir of a working mother a passionate artist a woman flourishing in a male dominated craft and part lavish love letter to theater It is as lively thoughtful and insightful an account I have ever read about the art form This one is for any person who has ever sat in the dark and been spellbound by the transformative power of theater Khaled Hosseini author of The Kite Runner Carey Perloff is a veteran of the regional theatre wars Beautiful Chaos is her vivacious account of her ambitious work commanding San Francisco s American Conservatory Theatre ACT The book exudes Perloff s trademark brio smart outspoken full of fun and ferment John Lahr author of Tennessee Williams Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh This is an engaged engaging deeply intelligent and passionate account of why the theatre matters and how it works in a city and in a society It is also a fascinating and essential chapter in the history of San Francisco itself as well as the story of a committed theatre artist s determination and vision Colm Toibin author of Nora WebsterCarey Perloff Artistic Director of San Francisco s legendary American Conservatory Theater pens a lively and revealing memoir of her twenty plus years at the helm and delivers a provocative and impassioned manifesto for the role of live theater in today s technology infused world Perloff s personal and professional journey her life as a woman in a male dominated profession as a wife and mother a playwright director producer arts advocate and citizen in a city erupting with enormous change is a compelling entertaining story for anyone interested in how theater gets made She offers a behind the scenes perspective including her intimate working experiences with well known actors directors and writers including Tom Stoppard Harold Pinter Robert Wilson David Strathairn and Olympia Dukakis Whether reminiscing about her turbulent first years as a young woman taking over an insolvent theater in crisis and transforming it into a thriving world class performance space or ruminating on the potential for its future Perloff takes on critical questions about arts education cultural literacy gender disparity leadership and power Carey Perloff is an award winning playwright theater director and the artistic director of the American Conservatory Theater of San Francisco since 1992
So You Want to Be a Dancer: Practical Advice and True Stories from a Working Professional
Matthew Shaffer s more than twenty years as a performer choreographer director Broadway collaborator writer and producer has allowed him opportunities to work with celebrities like Megan Mullally Ben Stiller and the elite competition team of Dance Moms So You Want to Be a Dancer is the ultimate book for anyone who has to fight the urge to sashay down grocery store aisles or school hallways Shaffer discusses everything from how to break into the industry to practical advice from how to audition and book a job to dealing with movie stars on set So You Want To Be A Dancer is a must read for any creative entrepreneur aspiring artist pursuing a career in today s social media savvy society or anyone who savors the heartfelt journey of an artist