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

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PublicAffairs, 27 июл. 2010 г. - Всего страниц: 280
In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from all across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carson's Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. It was Comedy Camelot—but it couldn't last.

William Knoedelseder, then a cub reporter covering the scene for the Los Angeles Times, was there when the comedians—who were not paid for performing—tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. In I'm Dying Up Here he tells the whole story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there.

 

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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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Prologue
1
Blood Brothers
9
The Hippest Room
19
Mitzis Store
31
Tom Dave and George
45
All About Budd
59
Six MinutesTwentytwo Laughs
65
The Boys Club
71
Diary of a Young Comic
141
The Gauntlet
147
Comedians for Compensation
153
Choosing Up Sides
165
Fire
175
The Vote
181
All on the Line
189
Daves Big Night
203

Guns Drugs and Westwood
81
Comedy University
87
Richards Baroness Steves Movie
93
The Funniest Year Ever
101
Rommates
111
The New Years Resolution
117
Drugs and Theft
125
Order Please
135
The Union Forever?
211
Jays Big Flop
223
My Name Is Steve Lubetkin
231
A Standing Ovation
245
The Prisoner of Memory
253
Index
269
About the Author
281
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William Knoedelseder is the author of Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, The Music Business, and the Mafia, and In Eddie's Name. He lives near Los Angeles, California.

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