STANDUP GUYS: A Generation of Laughs [NOOK Book]

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Standup Guys is not only a comedy writer?s memoir, but also a family tree of friendships that were formed among forty comedians who emerged from the Improvisation, Catch a Rising Star, and Comic Strip clubs in New York City during the ?70s and ?80s. Through author John DeBellis? eyes, nervous system, and rapid heart rate, the reader gets to feel what it is like to go on stage for the first time, get a first laugh, and bomb over and over again, only to be consoled by his comic friends, eating diner food that even ...
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Standup Guys is not only a comedy writer’s memoir, but also a family tree of friendships that were formed among forty comedians who emerged from the Improvisation, Catch a Rising Star, and Comic Strip clubs in New York City during the ‘70s and ‘80s. Through author John DeBellis’ eyes, nervous system, and rapid heart rate, the reader gets to feel what it is like to go on stage for the first time, get a first laugh, and bomb over and over again, only to be consoled by his comic friends, eating diner food that even sulfuric acid could not break down.

Awaken at noon and spend the day with comedians who were responsible for only three things--one another, comedy, and baseball. It was group self indulgency that allowed the stand-ups to give to one another the only love they could accept or even understand--the love of working together on their own separate missions to be the funniest they could be. Misery was their new happiness because they laughed at both the worst times and the best times—which mostly happened at the same time.

Big time comedians like Richard Lewis, Elayne Boosler, Richard Belzer, Robert Klein, and David Brenner unselfishly share their knowledge and help the young comics, showing them how to get better spots working themselves up the comedy night club ladder. You’ll watch Rodney Dangerfield put together his Tonight Show TV spots with a work ethic that Egyptians who built the pyramids might find obsessive. You’ll wait at the edge of the showroom to go on stage to a full house for the first time, only to be bumped at the last second by Robin Williams or Richard Pryor. You’ll perform your first set, MC the shows, put on some crazy acts, and rally audience members on stage behind Joe Piscopo.

You’ll be with the author when he becomes a comedy club heavy weight and starts bumping nervous new acts. You’ll be trapped in the writer’s wing of the Tonight Show with a vindictive head writer. You’ll be in the hall when Billy Crystal forms his patented Fernando Lama. You’ll witness the single minded determination of Rita Rudner and how she willed herself to be a great comedian with her own distinctive style. You’ll go to LA Improv and watch Richard Lewis find his patented neurotic character. You’ll realize that the only difference between Larry David then and his character on Curb Your Enthusiasm now is the upscale neighborhood.

You’ll meet some of the strangest and funniest people you never heard of and may never forget. Standup Guys is the camaraderie and the laughs of a generation of comedians and characters who will always be laughing together.

Follow John DeBellis’ blog - 920spot.com, named after his favorite “9:20 Spot” on stage, and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and GoodReads.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940015550610
  • Publisher: BookLocker.com, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/10/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 684,277
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Huffington Post contributor and standup comedian John DeBellis has written for David Letterman, Johnny Carson, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, Joe Piscopo, Elayne Boosler, Jenny Jones, Billy Crystal, Bill Maher, Dennis Miller, and Gabe Kaplan. John has done staff writing for Saturday Night Live, The Tonight Show, Politically Incorrect, The Billy Crystal Comedy Hour, and several sitcoms. He was head writer for the critically acclaimed syndicated satire, D.C. Follies, and was the supervising producer and writer for the ACE Award-winning Joe Piscopo special on HBO.

DeBellis produced what many critics say was the best TV special ever done about standup comedy, Comedy Club Super Stars. The show aired on ABC and featured Jerry Seinfeld, Paul Reiser, Richard Lewis, Richard Belzer, Bill Maher, Rita Rudner, Paula Poundstone, Larry Miller, and Tim Allen.

John just completed writing and directing his first feature film, The Last Request, starring T.R. Knight, Danny Aiello, Frankie Vincent, Vinnie Pastore, Gilbert Gottfried, Mario Cantone, Joe Piscopo, Tony Lo Bianco, and Barbara Feldon.

Follow John’s blog and connect with him on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn and GoodReads.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 2, 2013

    Good read

    I liked the book but thought there would be more inside stories of the great comics of this period in time. Some pretty funny stuff sprinkled throughout and Now I understand Larry David a little better!

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  • Posted July 9, 2013

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    John DeBellis's Stand Up Guys is definitely worth reading. The w

    John DeBellis's Stand Up Guys is definitely worth reading. The writing is very good. Overall, a very entertaining book. There are many laugh out loud moments.

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  • Posted February 7, 2013

    I picked up "Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs" on

    I picked up "Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs" on Saturday night and from the moment I started to read it, I could not stop laughing, nor could I put the book down. I remember those days well, because in the summer of '78 I began singing at the Improv, and continued singing there for two years. John's memory of the people and the things that went on in the clubs, is spot on, heartwarming, and honest. It was wonderful to watch John, Joe Piscopo, Glenn Hirsch, Rita Rudner, Larry David, Gilly Gottfried, Paul Reiser, Larry Miller, John Mendoza, Keenan Ivory Wayans, and so many more go up there night after night trying out new material fearlessly. The talent was bouncing off the brick wall - crazy good! I watched them grow into wonderful comedians. As for the singers, it was a tough crowd, but great schooling in how to deal with a rowdy audience, and the comedians were very supportive of us, too, so I for one had a ball. John has captured so many memories of the times with such clarity, that I was transported back to 1978. I'm only sorry that I finished it so quickly. There are more stories, enough for John to write a second book! Bravo, John! It's brilliant!

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