Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny

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Mock Stars traces the evolution of indie comedy from the underground music circuit into mainstream America. Through candid interviews with major players, including David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Neil Hamburger, Maria Bamford, Fred Armisen, Aimee Mann, and dozens of others, John Wenzel reveals how comedy is becoming relevant—and dangerously funny—again.

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Overview

Mock Stars traces the evolution of indie comedy from the underground music circuit into mainstream America. Through candid interviews with major players, including David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Neil Hamburger, Maria Bamford, Fred Armisen, Aimee Mann, and dozens of others, John Wenzel reveals how comedy is becoming relevant—and dangerously funny—again.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781933108230
  • Publisher: Fulcrum Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/1/2008
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 5.56 (w) x 8.44 (h) x 0.79 (d)

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John Wenzel first got the indie-comedy bug watching HBO's Mr. Show, a sketch comedy program with which he's still obsessed. He currently writes about music, comedy, and new media for The Denver Post and has written for websites and magazines such as Rockpile and Shredding Paper.
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Table of Contents


Introduction Notes on a Scene 1 Ch. 1 Shaking Hands with Music 29 Ch. 2 The Mr. Show Effect 63 Ch. 3 At Cross Lake 81 Ch. 4 Friends with Benefits: Comedians of Comedy 135 Ch. 5 Humor in Small Doses 189 Ch. 6 Comedy with an Amp 229 Ch. 7 Least Likely to Succeed 245 Ch. 8 Supportive Undergarments 279 About the Author 288 Sources 289 Index 298
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  • Posted January 9, 2011

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    Great Info! Writing...Not so much.

    Great references to indie comedy history (especially great with the NOOK highlight feature!). I can't wait to look up some of the comedians and comedy troupes on the internet. Plus, he gives some great insight on how indie comedy gained it's popularity and how your(my) favorite comedians shaped the "new" comedy scene. Wenzel did his homework but his writing is opinionated and monotonous. You quickly realize he LOVES (!!!) Mr. Show and David Cross as he tells you over and over again. Not much info on the other side of comedy (i.e. Dane Cook, Jeff Foxworthy) or their opinion of the new style of comedy or reluctance to join in. Not just blow them off as "sellouts". Journalism isn't always cool but it at least can offer both sides of a movement.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 4, 2010

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    Wenzel's Mock Stars is a fascinating and hilarious exploration of the secret world of 'indie comedy', its key players and the importance of the movement. Written with a wryly sarcastic edge, not unlike many of the comedians he writes about, this book is sure to please anyone interested comedy outside of the sitcom, club room status quo.

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