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The Comedians

Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy
Lu par : Kliph Nesteroff
Durée : 15 h et 6 min
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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 200 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 100 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 21st century.

©2015 Kliph Nesteroff. Some of the material herein is based on Kliph Nesteroff's work with WFMU's Beware of the Blog and Classic Television Showbiz. Recorded by arrangement with Grove Atlantic, Inc. (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • Susan
  • 16/04/2018

Good stories, but...

...I can’t figure out why the author kept using his cheesy Jack Carter voice. It’s terrible!

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  • Dan Booth Cohen
  • 10/08/2017

From Buster Keaton to Robin Williams and everything in between

Thoroughly entertaining and informative. The funniest line is about Red Button's wife. If you don't learn something new about Harry Einstein and his sons, you must be old and a Friar.

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  • Robin Bergeron
  • 12/03/2018

Good!!!

What a great book!! it was informative and had great stories on what really happened

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  • 23/01/2018

best book ever!

I learned so much! it was like a class about comedy, vaudeville to present day.

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  • Ian K.
  • 05/03/2019

wonderful reading...

Mr. Nesteroff is a gifted writer and researcher...that happens to do horrible impersonations. Book content? wonderful. performance? well, he tried...

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  • 11/01/2019

Amazing, should become a TV series

Amazing book. Informative, entertaining, funny.
The only thing I could do without are the impersonations of comedians voices by the narrator, most of which are terrible.

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  • 08/01/2019

Great story. Bad choices in narration

This story is really incredible and the research is mostly top-notch. The worst part is the narrator's occasionally slipping into "impersonations" of the interviewees he is quoting. It's incredibly inconsistent which shows this is an author not a trained actor prepared for varied voices, but worse is the volume control which transforms the flow into some attack. You get to the point where you wish you could skip those impersonations quickly because the rest of the book is very interesting and thorough.

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  • 07/12/2018

loved it

I was not aware of the history but I love how it was explained. yes

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  • 25/09/2018

Entertaining and enlightening

Fascinating history of the evolution of American comedy from vaudeville to modern day podcasts. The author doesn't just rattle off the names of the famous and infamous, he tied together how certain comedians or styles of comedy influenced the next group, and so on so the listener could see how comedy grew and changed.

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  • 20/08/2018

Great comedy history lesson

Story of so many great names in comedy from early 20th century to comedy we experience today.