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Seriously funny : the rebel comedians of the 1950s and 1960s / by Nachman, Gerald.;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 629-631) and index.The 1950s. A voice in the wilderness: Mort Sahl ; Rendering unto Caesar: Sid Caesar ; Sing a song of strychnine: Tom Lehrer ; The start of something big: Steve Allen ; And now, a laugh from our sponsor: Stan Freberg ; Televisionary: Ernie Kovacs ; Mom from Mars: Phyllis Diller ; The wild child: Jonathan Winters ; Out of thin air: Jean Shepherd, Bob Elliott and Ray Goulding ; Call interrupt: Shelley Berman ; Double jeopardy: Mike Nichols and Elaine May. -- The 1960s. Charlie everybody: Bob Newhart ; The Elvis of stand-up: Lenny Bruce ; Color-coordinated: Godfrey Cambridge ; Sibling revelry: The Smothers brothers ; Bawdy and soul: Mel Brooks ; Curing the body politic: Dick Gregory ; Lasting impressions: David Frye, Vaughn Meader, Will Jordan ; Schnook's progress: Woody Allen ; Father Goose, Inc.: Bill Cosby ; Girl squawk: Joan Rivers.
Subjects: Comedians; Stand-up comedy;
© 2004., Back Stage Books,
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Born a crime : [electronic resource] : stories from a South African childhood. by Noah, Trevor.;
Trevor Noah's unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Trevor was born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison. Living proof of his parents' indiscretion, Trevor was kept mostly indoors for the earliest years of his life, bound by the extreme and often absurd measures his mother took to hide him from a government that could, at any moment, steal him away. Finally liberated by the end of South Africa's tyrannical white rule, Trevor and his mother set forth on a grand adventure, living openly and freely and embracing the opportunities won by a centuries-long struggle. Born a Crime is the story of a mischievous young boy who grows into a restless young man as he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist. It is also the story of that young man's relationship with his fearless, rebellious, and fervently religious mother - his teammate, a woman determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. The stories collected here are by turns hilarious, dramatic, and deeply affecting. Whether subsisting on caterpillars for dinner during hard times, being thrown from a moving car during an attempted kidnapping, or just trying to survive the life-and-death pitfalls of dating in high school, Trevor illuminates his curious world with an incisive wit and unflinching honesty. His stories weave together to form a moving and searingly funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time, armed only with a keen sense of humor and a mother's unconventional, unconditional love.Electronic reproduction.
Subjects: Electronic books.; Noah, Trevor, 1984-; Comedians; Comedians; Television personalities; Nonfiction.; Biography & Autobiography.; Humor (Nonfiction).; Performing Arts.;
© 2016.,
On-line resources: https://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=2726272 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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Born a crime : stories from a South African childhood / by Noah, Trevor,1984-author.;
I. Run -- Born a crime -- Trevor, pray -- Chameleon -- The second girl -- Loopholes -- Fufi -- Robert -- II. The mulberry tree -- A young man's long, awkward, occasionally tragic, and frequently humiliating education in affairs of the heart, part I: Valentine's Day -- Outsider -- A young man's long, awkward, occasionally tragic, and frequently humiliating education in affairs of the heart, part II: The crush -- Colorblind -- A young man's long, awkward, occasionally tragic, and frequently humiliating education in affairs of the heart, part III: The dance -- III. Go Hitler! -- The cheese boys -- The world doesn't love you -- My mother's life -- Acknowledgments."The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man's coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followed"--Back coverNoah's path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of the Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth. Born to a white Swiss father and a black Xhosa mother, at the time such a union was punishable by five years in prison. As he struggles to find himself in a world where he was never supposed to exist, his mother is determined to save her son from the cycle of poverty, violence, and abuse that would ultimately threaten her own life. With an incisive wit and unflinching honesty, Noah weaves together a moving yet funny portrait of a boy making his way through a damaged world in a dangerous time.
Subjects: Humor.; Noah, Trevor, 1984-; Comedians; Comedians; Television personalities; Racially mixed people; Racially mixed people; Apartheid; Social history.; Race.;
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My autobiography / by Chaplin, Charlie,1889-1977.; Robinson, David,author of introduction.;
Subjects: Chaplin, Charlie, 1889-1977.; Motion picture actors and actresses; Comedians; Autobiography.;
© [2012]., Melville House Publishing,
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Bossypants [sound recording] / by Fey, Tina,1970-; Hachette Audio (Firm);
Read by the author.From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon, comedian Tina Fey reveals all, and proves that you're no one until someone calls you bossy.Produced and directed by Michele McGonigle ; recorded by Giancarlo Vulcano ; edited by Michele McGonigle and Tim McCarthy ; mixed and mastered by Tim McCarthy ; original music by Jeff Richmond.
Subjects: Audiobooks.; Fey, Tina, 1970-; Women comedians; Women television personalities; American wit and humor.; Biography.;
© p2011., Hachette Audio,
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Make 'em laugh : the funny business of America / by Maslon, Laurence.; Kantor, Michael,1961-;
Includes bibliographical references (p. 366-369) and index."Videography": p. 370.Slip on a banana peel : the knockabouts -- Sock it to me? : satire and parody -- Never give a sucker an even break : smart-alecks and wiseguys -- Would ya hit a guy with glasses? : nerds, jerks, oddballs, and slackers -- Honey, I'm home! : breadwinners and homemakers -- When I'm bad, I'm better : the groundbreakers.
Subjects: Stand-up comedy; Comedy sketches; American wit and humor; Comedians;
© 2008., Twelve,
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Sure, I'll join your cult : [electronic resource] : A memoir of mental illness and the quest to belong anywhere. by Bamford, Maria.; Bamford, Maria.;
Narrator: Maria Bamford.Maria Bamford is a comedian's comedian (an outsider among outsiders) and has forever fought to find a place to belong. From struggling with an eating disorder as a child of the 1980s, to navigating a career in the arts (and medical debt and psychiatric institutionalization), she has tried just about every method possible to not only be a part of the world, but to want to be a part of it. In Bamford's signature voice, Sure, I'll Join Your Cult , brings us on a quest to participate in something . With sincerity and transparency, she recounts every anonymous fellowship she has joined (including but not limited to: Debtors Anonymous, Sex and Love Addicts Anonymous, and Overeaters Anonymous), every hypomanic episode (from worrying about selling out under capitalism to enforcing union rules on her Netflix TV show set to protect her health), and every easy 1-to-3-step recipe for fudge in between. Singular and inimitable, Bamford's memoir explores what it means to keep going, and to be a member of society (or any group she's invited to) despite not being very good at it. In turn, she hopes to transform isolating experiences into comedy that will make you feel less alone (without turning into a cult following).Requires the Libby app or a modern web browser.
Subjects: Electronic books.; Nonfiction.; Biography & Autobiography.; Humor (Nonfiction).; Self-Improvement.;
© 2023., Simon & Schuster Audio,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=9612127 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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Unreliable narrator : [electronic resource] : Me, myself, and impostor syndrome. by Nancherla, Aparna.; Nancherla, Aparna.;
Narrator: Aparna Nancherla.Aparna Nancherla is a superstar comedian on the rise -- a darling of Netflix and Comedy Central's comedy special lineups, a headliner at comedy shows and music festivals, a frequenter of late night television and the subject of numerous profiles. She's also a successful actor who has written a barrage of thoughtful essays published by the likes of the New York Times. If you ask her, though, she's a total fraud. She'd hate to admit it, but no one does impostor syndrome quite like Aparna Nancherla. UNRELIABLE NARRATOR is a collection of essays that uses Aparna's signature humor to illuminate an interior life, one constantly bossed around by her depression (whom she calls Brenda), laced with anxiety like a horror movie full of jump-scares, and plagued by an unrepenting love-hate relationship with her career as a painfully shy standup comedian. But luckily, crippling self-doubt comes with the gift of keen self-examination.These essays deliver hilarious and incredibly insightful meditations on body image, productivity culture, the ultra-meme-ability of mental health language, and who, exactly, gets to make art "about nothing." Despite her own arguments to the contrary, UNRELIABLE NARRATOR is undeniable proof that Aparna is a force -- as a comedian and author alike -- to be reckoned with.Requires the Libby app or a modern web browser.
Subjects: Electronic books.; Nonfiction.; Essays.; Humor (Nonfiction).; Self-Improvement.;
© 2023., Books on Tape,
On-line resources: http://link.overdrive.com/?websiteID=130119&titleID=9631384 -- Click to access digital title in OverDrive.;
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Just kidding : using humor effectively / by Franzini, Louis R.,1941-;
"For adults who enjoy humor and who would like to be funnier. It includes definitions of funniness and examples of both helpful and harmful humor. It describes the relevant comedic and psychological rules for making humor effective. The book points out the danger signs for offensive humor and how to make the decision to 'say it or stuff it.' Examples of successful and unsuccessful humor from comedians to politicians are used throughout to illustrate the many varieties of humor and how context and audience make a difference. Finally, a variety of fun exercises are offered to build the skills for effective humor making"--Includes bibliographical references (p. 187) and index.The power of humor and laughter -- The nuts and bolts of humor -- Political correctness and humor -- Not all humor is all good -- Public bombings -- Effective humor pitfalls -- Spontaneous humor versus spontaneous sex -- How you can be even funnier -- Strategies to avoid humor that fails -- Getting the last laugh.
Subjects: Interpersonal relations.; Wit and humor;
© c2012., Rowman & Littlefield Publishers,
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Annie Hall / by Allen, Woody,1935-screenwriter,director,actor.; Brickman, Marshall,screenwriter.; Keaton, Diane,actor.; Roberts, Tony,1939-actor.; Kane, Carol,1952-actor.; Simon, Paul,1941-actor.; Duvall, Shelley,1949-actor.; Margolin, Janet,1943-1993,actor.; Walken, Christopher,1943-actor.; Dewhurst, Colleen,actor.; Rosenblum, Ralph,editor of moving image work.; Bourne, Mel,art director.; Morley, Ruth,costume designer.; United Artists Corporation,presenter.; Jack Rollins & Charles H. Joffe Productions,production company.; Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer,publisher.; Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Inc.,distributor.;
DVD ; NTSC ; region 1 ; Dolby Digital mono sound.Woody Allen, Diane Keaton, Tony Roberts, Carol Kane, Paul Simon, Shelley Duval, Janet Margolin, Christopher Walken, Colleen Dewhurst.Edited by Ralph Rosenblum ; art director, Mel Bourne, costume designer, Ruth Morley.Alvy Singer is one of Manhattan's most brilliant comedians, but when it comes to romance, his delivery needs a little work. Introduced by his best friend, Rob, Alvy falls in love with the ditzy but delightful nightclub singer Annie Hall. When Alvy's own insecurities sabotage the affair, Annie is forced to leave Alvy for a new life -- and lover -- in Los Angeles. Knowing he may have lost Annie forever, Alvy's willing to go to any lengths -- even driving L.A.'s freeways -- to recapture the only thing that ever mattered, true love (from container).Academy Award for Best Picture, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Original Screenplay, 1978.Special features: Widescreen version ; Standard version -- Original theatrical trailer -- Language: English mono ; French mono -- Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
Subjects: Comedy films.; Feature films.; Fiction films.; Video recordings for the hearing impaired.; Man-woman relationships;
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