Between The Laughs Our Greatest Comedians Talk Seriously About Comedy and Each Other

To be a great comedian you have to be a great actor, and to be a great actor you
have to portray something. ... JACK BENNY: The trick in playing comedy is to
make an audience believe what is going on and for this you have to believe it first
 ...

Author: Garry Berman

Publisher: BearManor Media

ISBN:

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 136

View: 668

Download →

Discover the gift behind the guffaws inside the minds of our greatest comedians. Through their words, as they discuss their profession, we learn how they feel about comedy, and about each other. The great comics of Vaudeville, silent movies, talkies and sound films, radio, TV, and stand-up deliver comments on various topics such as Comedy as Art, The Vaudevillians, The Silent Films Comedians, The Golden Age of Talkies, The Radio Specialists, The War Years and Beyond, The Television Legends, Stand-up Comedians, and Comedians as Actors. Contributors include Abbott & Costello, Fred Allen, George Burns, Gracie Allen, Woody Allen, Morey Amsterday, Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle, Lucille Ball, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, Mel Brooks, Jim Carrey, Charlie Chaplin, Ellen DeGeneres, W. C. Fields, Whoopi Goldberg, Oliver Hardy, Buster Keaton, Stan Laurel, Jerry Lewis, The Marx Brothers, Joan Rivers, Hal Roach, Jerry Seinfeld, and Dick Van Dyke, among others. They have all had much to say through the decades about the art of making people laugh. As they attest, their job is not all fun and games. Here is an entertaining, educational, and thought-provoking collection of observations and opinions by legendary comedians and current favorites. When the spotlight is off, they take their comedy seriously, and they share their knowledge, jealousies, failures, and triumphs when speaking between the laughs. 130 pages, a Bibliography, and an Index. Illustrated. About the Editor Garry Berman is a pop culture historian, whose previous books include Best of the Britcoms, We’re Going To See The Beatles!, and Perfect Fool: The Life and Career of Ed Wynn. He lives in New Jersey with his wife Karen and their two spoiled dogs.
Posted in:

How the Great Comedy Writers Create Laughter

This is a rare chance to eavesdrop on the successful old pros. It's also a delight to sit back, open the book and enjoy!--Adapted from dust jacket.

Author: Larry Wilde

Publisher: Burnham, Incorporated

ISBN: STANFORD:36105036647498

Category: American wit and humor

Page: 285

View: 857

Download →

Probably what distinguishes man from other animals is his ability to laugh. Why does he laugh? That's easy. How do you make him laugh? That's not so easy. In fact, it's a near-impossible question to answer. It's the question which Larry Wilde, a writer and stand-up comic, took to the top laugh provokers in the nation. He visited them, switched on his tape recorder and let them talk. And what talk it is! In a relaxed manner we learn how the great comedy writers got started and how they stay on top. They're the geniuses who shape the one-liners for Bob Hope, who create the characters of "All in the Family," who dream up the foolery and fun of Guys and Dolls, or the topical newspaper column which punctures the pompous. How do the great comedy writers work their miracles? Goodman Ace says it's a matter of phrasing. One word out of place and the magic is lost. He says there's a rhythm that has to be present to make the material funny. And the others agree. No one really knows what makes a comedy writer. Many of them have had unhappy childhoods or have known poverty, but more important is an attitude toward life. Abe Burrows comments: "Humor is a way to keep from killing yourself." Art Buchwald feels that humor basically is hostility but sugar-coated so it is acceptable, so that one can make pungent comments through humor and not have rocks thrown at him. It's a matter sometimes of laughing at the way the world runs to keep from crying. The great comedy writers agree the best material is based on truth. The audience recognizes the false and won't respond. You can't hate your subject and be funny. Wilde asks probing questions on how a beginner can get started, what shapes a comic, whether there are any rules for writing humor, and how you know what has been written will make an audience laugh. He gets profound answers, amusing anecdotes, and fascinating inside information. Top professionals talk about constructing a situation for a television series, how stage shows are rewritten again and again on tryout runs, and the peculiar difficulties of writing for film. This is a rare chance to eavesdrop on the successful old pros. It's also a delight to sit back, open the book and enjoy!--Adapted from dust jacket.
Posted in:

The Comedians

. . This book is a real treat.” —Merrill Markoe, TheWall Street Journal

Author: Kliph Nesteroff

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 9780802190864

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 432

View: 785

Download →

In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff’s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years. Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian—an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy’s part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.
Posted in:

The Haunted Smile

The Great American Comedy Scene. New York: Monarch, 1978. (This book is an
update of the author's Pictorial History of the Great Comedians [New York:
Grosset & Dunlop, 1970], which, in turn, ... The Great Comedians Talk about
Comedy.

Author: Lawrence J. Epstein

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780786724925

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 384

View: 260

Download →

Lawrence Epstein's The Haunted Smile tackles a subject both poignant and delightful: the story of Jewish comedians in America. For the past century and more, American comedy has drawn its strength and soul from the comic genius of Jewish performers and writers. An incomplete listing of names makes the point: The Marx Brothers, Jack Benny, Fanny Brice, George Burns, Milton Berle, Jackie Mason, Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, Mel Brooks, Alan King, Mort Sahl, Buddy Hackett, Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, Andy Kaufman, Richard Belzer, Jerry Seinfeld. These men and women, among others, form the canon of Jewish-American comedy. In the words of the Detroit Jewish News, The Haunted Smile "offers us a deep and subtle understanding of how Jewish culture and American openness gave birth to a new style of entertainment." Often the best way to illuminate a point is to recount some of these comedians' own brilliant routines, and Epstein uses the comedian's work to great effect, making for a book that is both a thoughtful work of history and a great deal of fun.
Posted in:

Film An International Bibliography

Wilde, Larry: The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy. Secaucus, NJ: Citadel
Press 1968. 382 p., ill. Lahue, Kalton C.; Brewer, Terry: Kops and Custards. The
Legend of Keystone Films. Norman, OK: University of Oklahoma Press 1968. XXII
 ...

Author: Malte Hagener

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783476036865

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 479

View: 654

Download →

Kommentierte Bibliografie. Sie gibt Wissenschaftlern, Studierenden und Journalisten zuverlässig Auskunft über rund 6000 internationale Veröffentlichungen zum Thema Film und Medien. Die vorgestellten Rubriken reichen von Nachschlagewerk über Filmgeschichte bis hin zu Fernsehen, Video, Multimedia.
Posted in:

Vaudeville old new

COMEDY. AND. COMEDIANS. Adir, Karin, The Great Clowns of American
Television, Jefferson, NC, McFarland, 1988. Allen, Steve, Funny ... Wilde, Larry,
The Great Comedians Talk about Comedy, New York City, Citadel, 1968.
Bibliography ...

Author:

Publisher: Psychology Press

ISBN: 9780415938532

Category: Entertainers

Page: 639

View: 682

Download →

Posted in:

Furious Cool

... n.p., http://aliciapatterson.org/APF0301/APF0301.html. Weiler, A. H. “Movie
Review: 'You've Got to Walk It...': Genial Put-Down of Establishment.” New York
Times, September 20, 1971. Wilde, Larry. The Great Comedians Talk about
Comedy ...

Author: David Henry

Publisher: Algonquin Books

ISBN: 9781616202712

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 400

View: 334

Download →

“A testament to [Pryor’s] stature not only as an African-American entertainment idol but also as an American icon . . . [An] exuberant tribute” (The New York Times Book Review). Richard Pryor was arguably the single most influential performer of the second half of the twentieth century, and certainly the most successful black actor/comedian ever. Controversial and somewhat enigmatic during his life, Pryor’s performances opened up a whole new world of possibilities, merging fantasy with angry reality in a way that wasn’t just new—it was theretofore unthinkable. Now, this groundbreaking and revelatory work brings him to life again both as a man and as an artist, providing an in-depth appreciation of his talent and his lasting influence, as well as an insightful examination of the world he lived in and the myriad influences that shaped both his persona and his art. “Addictively readable . . . Someday, when fewer people know Richard Pryor’s name, Furious Cool will be the best defense against the worst sort of forgetting—the kind that involves who we are now, who we loved once, and why.” —Esquire “A sleek, highly literate biography that places the comic in the pop-cultural context of his times.” —Bloomberg News “Richard Pryor was the most free black man of the twentieth century. He also was a comic genius. This book gives the definitive reasons why he was so free and so sublime.” —Dr. Cornel West “David Henry and Joe Henry have brought Richard Pryor back to pulsating life, affirming both his humanity and his immortality as a comic—and tragic—genius . . . Furious Cool is a fabulous history, alive with fascinating characters.” —The Huffington Post
Posted in:

The Great Comedians

I don't think it is necessarily equated with humoryou can ad - lib a speech .
WILDE : Having developed several comedy routines with the Compass Players ,
you then had enough material with which to go out and work ? BERMAN : Yes ,
there ...

Author: Larry Wilde

Publisher: Carol Publishing Corporation

ISBN: PSU:000029615056

Category: Comedians

Page: 382

View: 697

Download →

Interviews between the author and 16 comedians.
Posted in:

Equity News

The Great Comedians Talk About Comedy “ Yellow Face " . . . is out ! by Larry
Wilde lobby I had made two decisions : a . To begin work on the interviews . b .
To get a new Manager . The fact is , this whole magilla came out of frustration and
 ...

Author:

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105015568160

Category: Actors

Page:

View: 382

Download →

Posted in: