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The Last Laugh: World of Stand Up Comics
     

The Last Laugh: World of Stand Up Comics

by Phil Berger
 

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The Last Laugh is the first and only book to take readers deep into the bizarre universe of the standup comic, from the classic years of Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and Shecky Greene, to today's comedy superstars. Phil Berger shows how styles and trends in standup have changed over the past fifty years, but how taking the stage in a comedy club is as tough as it's

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The Last Laugh is the first and only book to take readers deep into the bizarre universe of the standup comic, from the classic years of Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and Shecky Greene, to today's comedy superstars. Phil Berger shows how styles and trends in standup have changed over the past fifty years, but how taking the stage in a comedy club is as tough as it's always been. Performers profiled in the book include Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Elaine Boosler, Robert Klein, Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Dick Gregory, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin, Cheech and Chong, Eddie Murphy, and a host of others. Filled with comics' hilarious routines and anecdotes, this substantially updated edition also chronicles the lives and careers of more recent artists, including Richard Lewis and Jay Leno.

Editorial Reviews

Minneapolis Star Tribune - Robert Armstrong
Phil Berger is best known as a New York sportswriter... but his best work might be 'The Last Laugh.'
Steve Allen
Utterly authentic, a fascinating account of what life is like in an important area of American humor.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780815410966
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
11/28/2000
Edition description:
REVISED
Pages:
480
Sales rank:
586,944
Product dimensions:
5.66(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.01(d)

Meet the Author

Phil Berger is a journalist whose award-winning writings on sports have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, Esquire, Playboy, and many other publications. He is also the screenwriter for the film Price of Glory. He lives in New York City.

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