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I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy's Golden Era

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 2, 2014

    Funeral

    Mikes funeral was yesterday and no one came. Cries

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 9, 2013

    Piper

    Yeah

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 8, 2013

    Violet

    That gives me more of an area. Dont you think its cool that we both live in the same state?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 26, 2013

    Luna

    Her dorm is the book tout sweet. Res fifteen

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 21, 2013

    Jo to jpJen

    umm look at the date on hazels post. I dont think shes on anymore.

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    Posted July 21, 2013

    Jen

    Hey hazel i guess im your dorm mate that cool?

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 3, 2009

    Fascinating and fun read

    It's a funny, sad, look at the 70s comedy scene in Hollywood, when so many of the people who have become famous comedians were young and hungry compatriots. It's got a terrific plot, the characters are fascinating, but the facts are real. I especially appreciated the author's balanced telling, very much the way I remember journalism, when objectivity was a goal of the craft.

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  • Posted September 10, 2009

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    A fine if stilted tale of a seismic shift in the world of stand-up comedy.

    Leno and Letterman, Lewis and Lubetkin: fixtures in the New York and Los Angeles comedy scenes in the late 1970s. The former have gone on to become household names as fixtures of late night TV; the latter are cautionary tales about the weight of fame and the expectations that come with it. Their tales intertwine in this book by William Knoedelseder, which follows the (forced) migration of comedians from New York to LA as they followed Johnny Carson and the Tonight Show, and their subsequent struggles against the Comedy Store and its owner Mitzi Shore. Despite the danger of the book being potentially slapstick or lowbrow considering its subject matter, Knoedelseder handles class struggle, personal deception, and untimely death with equal grace.

    In fact, Knoedelseder even had personal relationships with some of the principals, which may result in the book's most notable shortcoming: its limited world-view. The action always stays with the select few - Tom Dreesen, Lewis, Shore, Leno, Letterman - and rarely provides the bigger picture; for example, once the Tonight Show moves west and the comedians follow, no real return to New York is made even as Saturday Night Live is getting off the ground. This also makes the reader feel as though part of the story is missing; other exciting stories are teased but never given a full explanation.

    Though perhaps it has too narrow a focus, "I'm Dying Up Here" still tells a story that is by turns entertaining and dramatic, inspiring and bittersweet. With "cameo" appearances by Steve Martin, Robin Williams, Andy Kaufman, Richard Pryor, and Johnny Carson and old pictures of the comedians that would be blackmail material for anyone else, "I'm Dying Up Here" is worth the read, especially as a way to warm up to NBC's Jay-Leno-in-primetime experiment.

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