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I am a sucker for this kind of book I like a good History book, especially when it covers a subject I am interested in.At 57, there isn t an era of comedy covered here that I don t have a connection to To clarify, I wasn t around for vaudeville, but I certainly remember seeing Groucho Marx and Jimmy Durante on my television screen at an early age.This book touches on just about everyone, but never goes too deep If like me, you grew up reading Rolling Stone profiles of Steve Martin, Sam Kiniso I am a sucker for this kind of book I like a good History book, especially when it covers a subject I am interested in.At 57, there isn t an era of comedy covered here that I don t have a connection to To clarify, I wasn t around for vaudeville, but I certainly remember seeing Groucho Marx and Jimmy Durante on my television screen at an early age.This book touches on just about everyone, but never goes too deep If like me, you grew up reading Rolling Stone profiles of Steve Martin, Sam Kinison and every SNL member who made it big, you will not get much new information here Likewise with the histories of The Tonight Show, SNL or the Daily Show If you didn t read these articles growing up or did but are only 24 years old , you will find a ton of good information here The book does a nice job of showing you how the comedy torch was passed, albeit begrudgingly, from generation to generation.It is also fun to see the stories of people like Lorne Michaels and Steve Martin come together and pull apart like strands of DNA.An interesting footnote, Because I was reading an advanced copy, there were no photos as there will be in the finished book.10 years ago this would have been a real loss, but now, hello google and hello you tube, not a problem In fact, a real enhancement that the author doesn t have to shell out time or money on.PS while a few of their members were mentioned separately, a few paragraphs about Kids in The Hall would have been nice I know, I know, they are Canadian, but so influential to their time here in the states [[ Free E-pub ]] ⇱ The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy ☔ 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 overoriginal 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 pastyearsStarting 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 s, 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 s to the first comedy clubs of the s and the cocaine fueled comedy boom of the s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media driven celebrity in the st century Steelheart (The Reckoners, Thieves Economic Man in Sha Tin Scoundrels Testifying to Trauma and the History of American Comedy ☔ In The Comedians The Myth Of The Male Breadwinner comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real life characters Shelter Me forgotten stars Metal Gear mainstream heroes Voyage dans la Haute Egypte and counterculture iconoclasts Based on overoriginal interviews and extensive archival research The Green River Killer Nesteroff s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected The Boys shaped The Comforter and changed American culture over the pastyearsStarting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century Wanna Puck? Nesteroff introduces the first stand up comedian an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes After the repeal of Prohibition Talking Back to OCD Mafia run supper clubs replaced speakeasies Irresistible Study Guide and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian s primary employer In the s Burn Your Goals the late night talk show brought stand up to a wide public Understanding the American Promise, Volume 2 while Lenny Bruce To Be Loved Mort Sahl A Guide to Wider Horizons 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 s to the first comedy clubs of the s and the cocaine fueled comedy boom of the s The Whitefire Crossing (Shattered Sigil, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media driven celebrity in the st century As the subtitle says, this is a history of American comedy from vaudeville to the death of Robin Williams Odds are, your personal favorite comedian is given short shrift in this book if they re even mentioned at all but that s because Nesteroff gives EVERYONE short shrift The subject is huge in scope It s not much exaggeration to say that entire books can be and have been written on the subject of each paragraph in this tome What Nesteroff has given us is an invaluable overview of comedy As the subtitle says, this is a history of American comedy from vaudeville to the death of Robin Williams Odds are, your personal favorite comedian is given short shrift in this book if they re even mentioned at all but that s because Nesteroff gives EVERYONE short shrift The subject is huge in scope It s not much exaggeration to say that entire books can be and have been written on the subject of each paragraph in this tome What Nesteroff has given us is an invaluable overview of comedy history and the outside forces if any that helped shape it His prose flows well, and the text is bristling with incident and anecdote If the book has a fault, it is that it is too superficial People and events fly by and are gone before you re ready to move on It s not entirely Nesteroff s fault there s simply too much history to be contained in a book this size He gives an overview and a bibliography Further digging is left up to the reader The earlier sections of the book when it covers the comedians who came out of vaudeville was interesting The Marx Brothers, Milton Berle and many others paid their dues in the declining backwater of the vaudeville circuit before they made the transition to radio and TV As the book develops it becomes dry reading and even a chore to plow through as it readslike a list of comics and venues Probably closer to a 2.5 rating as it does give a good snapshot of comedians like Woody Allen, Sein The earlier sections of the book when it covers the comedians who came out of vaudeville was interesting The Marx Brothers, Milton Berle and many others paid their dues in the declining backwater of the vaudeville circuit before they made the transition to radio and TV As the book develops it becomes dry reading and even a chore to plow through as it readslike a list of comics and venues Probably closer to a 2.5 rating as it does give a good snapshot of comedians like Woody Allen, Seinfeld, et al Also has good coverage of how the Mob dominated the stand up comic world and how Hugh Hefner proved very progressive by offering outlets for black comedians who were largely invisible inhigh profile settings Unfortunately there is no unifying story line that holds the narrative together and it could have used editing to slash some of the clutter This book is a prime example of why trade non fiction books need something like the process of academic peer review Nesteroff, who is on television and described as a human encyclopedia of comedy is unarguably knowledgeable and clearly did a huge amount of work to produce this book, including hundreds of interviews with comedians His website with its recordings of old comics is a valuable resource This book, unfortunately, is really uneven As others hav This book is a prime example of why trade non fiction books need something like the process of academic peer review Nesteroff, who is on television and described as a human encyclopedia of comedy is unarguably knowledgeable and clearly did a huge amount of work to produce this book, including hundreds of interviews with comedians His website with its recordings of old comics is a valuable resource This book, unfortunately, is really uneven As others have said, it is much stronger in the early chapters than it is toward the end, though it picks up when Nesteroff is writing about his own period and context the alt comedy scene of the 1990s early 2000s Anyone who knows as much as Nesteroff does about his subject is not going to be able to coherently contain everything in one book He tries to cover everything from variety shows, to stand up, to sketch comedy, as well as live venues, television, and radio, explaining how comedians worked both as performers and writers for others in a huge variety of contexts in showbiz While occasionally pulling this off, the book suffers greatly from seemingly random choices of what to emphasize, which leads to glaring omissions The weakest chapters cover the the 1970s and 1980s A peer reviewer would surely have pointed it out to him that he doesn t provide a narrative about the genesis, development and influence of Saturday Night Live despite having done this for Laugh In, the Tonight Show, David Letterman and the Daily Show Instead, SNL appears here and there as it plays a role in the lives of individual comics from the 1980s on Since he includes quotations about the show s decline from George Carlin towards the book s conclusion, he clearly sees it as central to comedy history, making the omission seem like an accident rather than a choice Similarly, while he discusses Steve Martin s early career, he never discusses the impact of Martin s SNL appearances or his comedy records John Belushi gets one sentence about his drug use and death Another major influence from this era who he never discusses is Al Franken Perhaps even worse, given the book s discussion of TV variety shows is the total failure to discuss the Carol Burnett Show, which ran for 11 years and won 25 Emmys And yet, he does spend a paragraph on the failed Tim Conway spin off attempt The omission of Carol Burnett is part of a larger problem in the book that seems less random Nesteroff has very little to say about women in comedy, whether as writers or performers He does briefly discuss both Joan Rivers and Lily Tomlin He occasionally mentions Phyllis Diller as an old timer without ever saying what was funny about her But that s about it Think of all the women he doesn t discuss or even mention Lucille Ball, Roseanne Barr, Gilda Radner, Louise Lasser, Bette Midler, Carol Burnett, Betty White, Bea Arthur, Lizz Winstead who c0 created the Daily Show and Air America both of which he does mention , Whoopi Goldberg, Carol Leifer who wrote for shows that he does discuss, including Seinfeld , Margaret Cho, Wanda Sykes, and Sarah Silverman I m sure there are manyI imagine that this omission replicates the interests of people he interviewed, which may also have something to do with his own taste in comedy This might explain why he chose to spend a page on Andrew Dice Clay while never mentioning Ellen DeGeneres, who appears on the book s cover, but not in the index Books like this one are what it s all about, people I am a comedy nerd and the current comedy boom is the sweet stuff that dreams are made of My dreams, anyway Yes, with any boom comes an excess of participants Most will fade away when said boom goes bust, forever forgotten Unless of course some avid fan read nerd writes a book about them.Enter the Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff.Documenting the life and history of comedy for the past 100 years seems like a daunting task but it s pretty cle Books like this one are what it s all about, people I am a comedy nerd and the current comedy boom is the sweet stuff that dreams are made of My dreams, anyway Yes, with any boom comes an excess of participants Most will fade away when said boom goes bust, forever forgotten Unless of course some avid fan read nerd writes a book about them.Enter the Comedians by Kliph Nesteroff.Documenting the life and history of comedy for the past 100 years seems like a daunting task but it s pretty clear early on that Nesteroff is the right man for the job his writing is clear and engaging, and very thorough The man knows his stuff.Another great aspect of the Comedians is its flow Instead of devoting tiresome chapters or going on and on about certain topics grinding the narrative to a halt, the Comedians instead briefly flashes a spotlight on a trend, or comedian, or club and smoothly moves the story right along Everything serves to propel the narrative forward From the old vaudevillian days to the latest comedy boom, we learn about the birth of standup, the feuds, the clubs, the trends, the mob, the locations, the shows and characters that helped the genre evolve through all the years The results are engaging and damn right exciting The only flaw in this book is that unfortunately Nesteroff cuts his story a bit short, ending his chronicle in the late 2000s and leaving us cravingBut then again, that s a pretty great problem to have.The Comedians is an informative and imperative read for anyone interested in show business and entertainment And for comedy fans it s absolutely essential Absolutely one of the very best books you will ever read about the history of stand up comedy This is a scholarly, exhaustive, but yet entertaining study of this unique creative art form It s gritty too, plenty of tooth and fang and comic dish The author is a real student of the craft and this book isn t fluff piece or PR released He commented on and corrected a lot of misperceptions I had that I had seen multiple times across the board The research and writing are impressive, I believe the Absolutely one of the very best books you will ever read about the history of stand up comedy This is a scholarly, exhaustive, but yet entertaining study of this unique creative art form It s gritty too, plenty of tooth and fang and comic dish The author is a real student of the craft and this book isn t fluff piece or PR released He commented on and corrected a lot of misperceptions I had that I had seen multiple times across the board The research and writing are impressive, I believe the author did some features on WFMU about comedy history His experience as a stand up himself helped him fashion some amazing and insightful interviews Hands down, this book is a must have for fans of comedy, stand up and entertainment in general Bravo Astonishingly funny enlightening read.Nesteroff knows the turf strides upon it like a giant among comedy fans.Really rich in detail you can almost feel the flop sweat trickling down your collar.Enthusiastically recommended.If you love to laugh this book pays off.If you re looking for tragedy it s got that.Gossip Down low gritty Look no further Astonishingly funny enlightening read.Nesteroff knows the turf strides upon it like a giant among comedy fans.Really rich in detail you can almost feel the flop sweat trickling down your collar.Enthusiastically recommended.If you love to laugh this book pays off.If you re looking for tragedy it s got that.Gossip Down low gritty Look no further Damn Who knew the World of comedy was that incestuous or that cutthroat I half expected this to be a compendium of profiles, but it is actually a history of comedy in the united states starting with vaudeville and black face and going through to the current names in satire and TV such as Colbert, Robin Williams May he RIP , and CK Louis I would like to of seencurrent female comedians covered, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Williams, or Tina Fey, none of whom were mentioned Still, the Damn Who knew the World of comedy was that incestuous or that cutthroat I half expected this to be a compendium of profiles, but it is actually a history of comedy in the united states starting with vaudeville and black face and going through to the current names in satire and TV such as Colbert, Robin Williams May he RIP , and CK Louis I would like to of seencurrent female comedians covered, such as Ellen DeGeneres, Jessica Williams, or Tina Fey, none of whom were mentioned Still, there was a lot of ground to cover, and the author must ve interviewed half the industry and their kids to get the background info that he did What you learn is that the world of comedy is oftendangerous and cut throat sometimes literally than funny It s a monumental task to cover 100 years of comedy and still keep it at a readable length, but this one does it Fantastic book Wildly entertaining, fantastically informative Can t recommend it enough.