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The Comedians

Number of page: 432
Author: Kliph Nesteroff
Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
ISBN: 9780802190864
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Category: History

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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About The Author

Kliph Nesteroff is a former stand-up comic turned writer. A longtime contributor to WFMU, writing about the history of comedy, Nesteroff’s latest project is hosting the Classic Showbiz Talk Show, a live series in Los Angeles that has welcomed comedy luminaries like Mel Brooks, Fred Willard and Laugh-In creator George Schlatter.

Reviews:
  • A Google UserA Google User
    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 assertions. First, he sets out to dispel the myth of the tragically flawed funnyman who uses comedy as a way of hiding his insecurities. While there is some truth to the trope, not all comedians fit the
  • A Google UserA Google User
    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
  • Rosellen BrewerRosellen Brewer
    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
  • DavidWinebergDavidWineberg
    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
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