Behind the Laughs

By WILLIAM KNOEDELSEDER

Reviewed by Ward Sutton

William Knoedelseder spent the close of the ’70s as a journalist watching the hits and misses of a new generation of comedians that included David Letterman, Richard Lewis and Jay Leno. I’m Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy’s Golden Era charts their struggles in a survey that finds a joltingly tragic dimension to these comic lives.

Ward Sutton

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