Books in category Performing Arts – Comedy

  • Too Bold for the Box Office

    Too Bold for the Box Office
    Cynthia J. Miller

    This collection of essays on films, television programming, and new media illustrates common threads running across cultures and eras and attempts to answer sweeping existential questions about the nature of social life and the human …

  • Tony Pastor Presents

    Tony Pastor Presents
    Susan Kattwinkel

    Short scripts, chiefly comedies, from Tony Pastor who pioneered Vaudeville in the late 1800s ; includes commentaries.

  • Monty Python Speaks

    Monty Python Speaks
    David Morgan

    Monty Python, the genius comedy troupe from Britain, single-handedly revolutionized sketch comedy and paved the way for everything from Saturday Night Live to Austin Powers.

  • Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg

    Thank You for Coming to Hattiesburg
    Todd Barry

    “With this charming, sardonic debut, stand up comedian and actor Todd Barry makes readers laugh as hard as the audiences at his shows” (Publishers Weekly) in this hilarious book of travel essays from his time on tour in the US, Canada, …

  • We Need to Talk About Kevin Bridges

    We Need to Talk About . . . Kevin Bridges
    Kevin Bridges

    Is there heartache behind the humour? I wonder if he's a manic-depressive? Tears of a clown? Yes, all of that. Discover the hilarious life-story of one of Britain's best-loved comedians in Kevin Bridges' brilliant memoir.

  • Hollywood Comedians the Film Reader

    Hollywood Comedians, the Film Reader
    Frank Krutnik

    Essays explore a variety of comedy films and comedians, from the silent era to the present day, covering such performers as the Marx Brothers, Buster Keaton, Charlie Chaplin, Lucille Ball, and Jerry Lewis.

  • The Humor Code

    The Humor Code
    Peter McGraw, Joel Warner

    Part road-trip comedy and part social science experiment, a scientist and a journalist travel the globe to discover the secret behind what makes things funny, questioning countless experts, including Louis C.K., along the way.

  • The Art of Comedy Writing

    The Art of Comedy Writing
    Arthur Asa Berger

    In The Art of Comedy Writing, Arthur Asa Berger argues that there are a relatively limited number of techniques – forty-five in all – that humorists employ.

  • Class Language and American Film Comedy

    Class, Language, and American Film Comedy
    Christopher Beach

    Examines the use of class in the American film comedy, from the 1930s to present.

  • King of Comedy

    King of Comedy
    Shawn Levy

    Shawn Levy's fascinating biography King of Comedy – the product of vast research and interviews with contemporaries, admirers, foes, and even, briefly, Lewis himself – traces the story of a man who defines High American Show Biz.

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