I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era

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ReadHowYouWant.com, 2010 - Всего страниц: 440
I'm Dying Up Herechronicles the collective coming of age of the standup comedians who defined American humor during the past three decades. Born early in the Baby Boom, they grew up watching TheTonightshow, went to school during Vietnam and Watergate, migrated en masse to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, and created an artistic community unlike any before or since.They were arguably the funniest people of their generation, living in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams, and laughter. For one brief shining moment, standup comics were as revered as rock stars. It was Comedy Camelot but, of course, it couldn't last.In the late 1970s, William Knoedelseder was a cub reporter assigned to cover the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the first major newspaper profiles of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, and others. He got to know many of them well. And so he covered the scene too when the comedians--who were not paid for performing at the career-making-or-breaking venue called the Comedy Store---tried to change an exploitative system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community.Now Knoedelseder has gone back to interview the major participants to tell the whole story of that golden age and of the strike that ended it. Full of revealing portraits of many of the best-known comedic talents of our age, I'm Dying Up Hereis also a poignant tale of the price of success and the terrible cost of failure - professional and moral.
 

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A history of the mid-1970s stand up comedy scene at Mitzi Shore's Comedy Store in LA (including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Richard Lewis, Elayne Boosler, Robin Williams, and many more), written by a ... Читать весь отзыв

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Fascinating history of The Comedy Store in LA and it's impact on stand up comedy in the 70s. This book definitely personifies the maxim that comedy is not pretty. Читать весь отзыв

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Blood Brothers
1
Mitzis Store
28
Tom Dave and Geo
48
All About Budd
67
The Boys Club
83
Comedy Universiy
102
The Funniest Year Ever
119
Roommates
132
The Gauntlet
189
Choosing Up Sides
211
Fire
225
All on the Line
242
Daves Big Night
261
Jays Big Flop
285
A Standing Ovation
314
The Prisoner of Memory
325

Drugs and Theft
150
Order Please
175
Front Cover Flap
349
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Knoedelseder is vice president of news for USA Networks Broadcasting. He was with the Philadelphia Inquirer for serval years.

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