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The Last Laugh is the first and only book to take readers deep into the bizarre universe of the standup comic, from the classic years of Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and Shecky Greene, to today's comedy superstars. Phil Berger shows how styles and trends in standup have changed over the past fifty years, but how taking the stage in a comedy club is as tough as it's always beeThe Last Laugh is the first and only book to take readers deep into the bizarre universe of the standup comic, from the classic years of Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and Shecky Greene, to today's comedy superstars. Phil Berger shows how styles and trends in standup have changed over the past fifty years, but how taking the stage in a comedy club is as tough as it's always been. Performers profiled in the book include Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Elaine Boosler, Robert Klein, Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Dick Gregory, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin, Cheech and Chong, Eddie Murphy, and a host of others. Filled with comics' hilarious routines and anecdotes, this substantially updated edition also chronicles the lives and careers of more recent artists, including Richard Lewis and Jay Leno....

Title : The Last Laugh: The World of Stand-Up Comics
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ISBN : 9780815410966
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 464 Pages
Status : Available For Download
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The Last Laugh: The World of Stand-Up Comics Reviews

  • Kevin
    2019-04-05 23:23

    Good subject matter, but I thought the author "bounced around" with his views...sort of like at Stephen Wright comedy routine (well, without the funny bits, of course). There was also a large amount of time discussing Lenny Bruce and Robert Klein, but very little on Robin Williams and nothing about Bob Newhart. These are just examples, and I know everyone has their own taste/opinions, but I was still surprised.

  • Jason
    2019-03-25 21:20

    8.9.13I first heard about this book a few weeks ago, when I heard that this was the book that inspired Jerry Seinfeld to become a standup. Makes me want to read this very much.