Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs

Standup Guys: A Generation of Laughs

by John Debellis


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ISBN-13: 9781621417644
Publisher: Inc
Publication date: 10/08/2012
Pages: 264
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About 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.

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Stand-Up Guys: A Generation of Laughs 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
AlanAbrams More than 1 year ago
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.
PattiG1 More than 1 year ago
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!