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Cosby

by Mark Whitaker Simon & Schuster (August 14, 2014)

The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun...


Between Us Girls :  Everything You Need To Know Before You Drop Your Panties

by Alessandra Cifali Basher Alessandra Basher (August 01, 2014)

A play that sheds a fun but informative light on the serious topics of teenage sex and sexually-transmitted infections. Five 16-year-old girls discuss virginity, the differences between boys and girls, masturbation,...


The Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom--The Comedy Writer's Ultimate "How To" Guide

by Judy Carter Atria Books (May 04, 2010)

Judy Carter, guru to aspiring comedy writers and stand-up comics, tells all about the biz of being funny and writing funny in this bright, entertaining, and totally practical guide on how to draw humor from...


Dangerously Funny

by David Bianculli Touchstone (December 01, 2009)

An unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever...


The Italian Comedy

by Pierre Louis Duchartre Dover Publications (October 19, 2012)

Illustrated history of the beginnings, growth and influence of the commedia dell’ arte. Describes improvisations, staging, marks, scenarios, acting troupes, and origins.


Crash and Burn

by Artie Lange & Anthony Bozza Touchstone (October 29, 2013)

Veteran comedian Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilariously...


Long-Form Improv

by Ben Hauck Allworth (September 01, 2012)

Long-Form Improv deftly teaches the wildly popular form of improvisation that is so foundational to the comedy stylings of many of today’s top actors and thriving comedians. Crammed with innovative ideas for...


They'll Never Put That on the Air

by Allan Neuwirth Allworth (September 07, 2010)

In the 1950s, Lucille Ball couldn't even say the word “pregnant” on TV. But by the 1990s, Carrie Bradshaw and her posse could say everything there is to say about sex—and demonstrate most of it. How have...


Comedy FAQs and Answers

by Dave Schwensen Allworth (February 14, 2012)

This guide to the world of stand—up comedy, written in easy—to—use Q&A format, provides current and potential comedians with the no—nonsense advice they need for every stage of their careers. Schwensen's...


The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930s

by Elizabeth Kendall Cooper Square Press (February 18, 2002)

Kendall's examination of classic comedies from It Happened One Night to The Lady Eve -and the comediennes who starred in them-reveals what these films said about America during the Depression and how they helped...


Jewish Comedy

by Jeremy Dauber Blackstone Publishing (October 31, 2017)

In a major work of scholarship both erudite and very funny, Jeremy Dauber traces the origins of Jewish comedy and its development from Biblical times to the age of Twitter.

Organizing his book thematically into...


Permafrost, MN

by Brian Price, Jerry Stearns, Irene Ruderman & Donna Alexander et al. Great Northern (September 15, 2015)

Permafrost is an unincorporated (and entirely concocted) town on the logging road, off the gravel road, off the county road from Big Falls, in Koochiching County, Minnesota. It went into the unusually hard winter...


Dorcus

by Jeff Ward, Doug Bost, a full cast & Union Signal Radio Theater BearManor Media (October 06, 2015)

DorcusA Speculation for Public Radio. Dorcus profiles a young surgeon who makes a giant difference for her tiny patients.Script: Jeff WardProduction: Union SignalCast:Josh WeinsteinJeff WardCarolyn BaeumlerBibb...


The Toad

by Doug Bost, Jeff Ward, a full cast & Union Signal Radio Theater BearManor Media (October 06, 2015)

The ToadRetribution springs from the marshes in another thrilling adventure in the annals of Clovis DeWitt, alias The Toad.Script: Jeff WardProduction: Union SignalMusic and engineering: Mark BalloraArtwork:...


George Bettinger's Mom & Pop Shop Interviews & Variety

by George Bettinger & various entertainers BearManor Media (December 01, 2015)

George Bettinger's Mom & Pop Shop Interviews

Comedian and radio personality George Bettinger talked with Emmy winning actress-comedienne Lilly Tomlin (Laugh-In) just after she received her Kennedy Center Honors...


A Jimmy Durante Festival

by Joe Bevilacqua A Joe Bev Production Llc (January 21, 2020)

A Jimmy Durante Festival is a collection of tributes, parodies, and rarities of "The Great Schnozzola" entertainer with the gruff voice--written, produced, and performed by Joe Bev. Bonus tracks feature remastered...


Radio Hoohah

by Octavia MacKenzie, Ashley McGuire, a full cast & the Wireless Theatre Company Design Sound Productions (June 28, 2016)

A hilarious BBC Radio Four spoof from Octavia MacKenzie and Ashley McGuire

Today on Radio Hoohah:

In My Mind delves into the thoughts of Leonora Velvety Constable-Wheeler and her passion for pugs, Shakespeare,...


Medusa on the Beach

by Marty Ross, a full cast & the Wireless Theatre Company Design Sound Productions (June 28, 2016)

Biddlecombe is a perfectly ordinary English seaside town--except everyone there has been turned to stone.

Two seriously out-of-their-depth police officers uncover the strange truth of what happened when middle-aged...


The Youth of Old Age

by Stuart Price, a full cast & the Wireless Theatre Company Design Sound Productions (June 28, 2016)

Wickedly acerbic, The Youth of Old Age shows acclaimed British actor Prunella Scales at her dragon-tongued best. As the story's matriarch, she's determined to prevent her heir from marrying "out of sorts."

Written...


Good Things Come

by Dave Carley, a full cast, George Zarr & Voices in the Wind Audio Theatre Design Sound Productions (March 17, 2015)

Somesay having an open window while you sleep at night is a guarantee of goodhealth. For young Ellen, it was an open invitation to allow all manner of scarythings to enter her cozy little bedroom. As she grew...


George Bettinger's Mom & Pop Variety Shop

by George Bettinger & various entertainers BearManor Media (December 01, 2015)

The Marx Brothers, Laurel & Hardy, Three Stooges, and Soupy Sales are just some of the legendary "funsters"

Music and Comedy For The Whole Family Perfect on Halloween, Thanksgiving Christmas, Chanukah, All Year....


Our Miss Brooks, Vol. 1

by Cbs Radio, Eve Arden, a full cast & Gale Gordon et al. Black Eye Entertainment (September 01, 2014)

OurMiss Brooks was a highly popular radio sitcom that waseventually adapted for both television and film. It starred Hollywood film andNew York stage veteran Eve Arden, who specialized in playing the wisecrackingfriend....


Gasping for Airtime

by Jay Mohr Blackstone Publishing (May 17, 2017)

Whentwenty-year-old Jay Mohr moved to New York City, he never thought he would landhis first real job on Saturday Night Live.But he did--and what followed were two crazy years of trying to keep up with histalented...


Devon Girl

by Zalie Burrow, a full cast, Cherry Cookson & the Wireless Theatre Company Design Sound Productions (June 28, 2016)

Have you ever wondered what life would be like as a young woman running a farm? Sally Anne Criplett is just that girl.

Living with her mole-obsessed, gun-happy, cider-drinking father, Sally has her work cut out....


Classic Radio's Greatest Comedy Shows, Vol. 3

by Black Eye Entertainment & various performers Black Eye Entertainment (April 09, 2019)

The golden age of radio had incredible comedy shows that kept Americans in stitches for decades. Families gathered around their living room radios to be entertained by the greatest names in Hollywood each and...


The Laugh Makers

by Robert L. Mills, Gary Owens & Joe Bevilacqua BearManor Media (May 01, 2013)

"In The Laugh Makers, Bob Mills takes us on a delightful,side-splitting journey back to the slapstick sketch comedy of television'sgolden age--a long-ago era of variety, song-and-dance, brilliant patter, and...


How to Talk Dirty and Influence People

by Lenny Bruce, Ronnie Marmo, Howard Reich & Lewis Black Da Capo Press (December 06, 2016)

During the course of a career, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions; he widened the boundaries of free speech. Although Bruce died when he was...


Worst Laid Plans

by Alexandra Lydon & Laura Kindred Abrams Image (November 25, 2014)

“When bad sex happens to good people, there is no recourse like full disclosure,” is the motto of Worst Laid Plans, a collection of forty probably-too-intimate, but shockingly funny, true-life tales of...


A Life in Acting

by Lisa Mulcahy Allworth (October 21, 2014)

A Life in Acting is a practical guide for aspiring and established theater actors looking to make a consistent living doing meaningful, creative work on the stage. Author Lisa Mulcahy communicates her advice...


Some Old Bloke

by Robert Llewellyn Unbound (November 01, 2018)

When writer, comedian and Red Dwarf actor Robert Llewellyn's son scrawled a picture of him at Christmas and titled it 'Some Old Bloke', Robert was cast deep into thought about life and what it means to be...


Soupy Twists!

by Jem Roberts Unbound (September 06, 2018)

This first ever, officially authorised biography of Fry & Laurie takes us on their journey from insecure Footlighters to international comedy heroes. It is the tale of a true friendship, a deep affection between...


Understanding Comedy through College Comedies

by Norman Kagan Hamilton Books (August 15, 2018)

In this book, Norman Kagan explores of the nature of comedy and helps readers discover why they are laughing, new reasons to laugh, and new films to that will offer a source of laughter.


The Double Act

by Andrew Roberts The History Press (November 01, 2018)

The double act has been at the heart of British entertainment for over 150 years, yet there has never been a book detailing how this form of comedy continues to develop. From music hall turns such as Flanagan...


She Stoops to Conquer

by Oliver Goldsmith Dancing Unicorn Books (July 04, 2018)

Wealthy countryman Mr. Hardcastle arranges for his daughter Kate to meet Charles Marlow, the son of a wealthy Londoner, hoping the pair will marry. Unfortunately Marlow is nervous around upper-class women, yet...


Too Bold for the Box Office: The Mockumentary from Big Screen to Small

by Cynthia J. Miller Scarecrow Press (July 23, 2012)

In Too Bold for the Box Office, Cynthia J. Miller has assembled essays by scholars and filmmakers who examine the unique cinematic form of mockumentary. Individually, each of these essays looks at a given instance...


Planet Funny

by Ken Jennings Scribner (May 29, 2018)

A Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

The witty and exuberant New York Times bestselling author Ken Jennings relays the history of humor in “lively, insightful, and crawling with goofy factlings,” (Maria...


The Charlie Chaplin Book

by Robert Keene Thompson Dover Publications (July 20, 2016)

Beloved around the world for his Little Tramp character, Charlie Chaplin was the most famous person on the planet during the early twentieth century, and his popularity endures to this day. Cinephiles and Chaplin...


The Gospel According to Blindboy in 15 Short Stories

by Blindboy Boatclub Gill Books (October 27, 2017)

The Gospel According to Blindboy is a surreal and genre-defying collection of short stories and visual art exploring the myths, complacencies and contradictions at the heart of modern Ireland. Covering themes...


Corn Flakes for Dinner

by Aidan Comerford Gill Books (October 13, 2017)

What do you do when both of your daughters have been diagnosed with autism, your wife is depressed and your job has been made redundant? You become a comedian!

After years of feeling like he was losing at life,...


Joker Face: Over 450 Comedians Share Their Best One-liners

by Steve Best Unbound (September 21, 2017)

Stewart Lee has seen a ghost but doesn't believe in the afterlife. Rob Beckett can peel a banana with his feet. Viv Groskop gave birth to a baby next to a dishwasher.

What do you get when you combine unknown...


The Complete A–Z of Everything Carry On

by Richard Webber HarperCollins Entertainment (June 29, 2017)

The complete guide to everyone’s favourite films… saucy!

This book presents a detailed journey through Britain's best-loved comedies. It contains information on each of the feature films, including moments...


Reeling with Laughter: American Film Comedies: From Anarchy to Mockumentary

by Michael V. Tueth Scarecrow Press (May 03, 2012)

In this book, Tueth looks at some of the most enduring comic movies of all time. Beginning with the anarchic romp Duck Soup (1933), each chapter explores a specific sub-genre by examining a representative film....


Suga, Don't Grind - Know Caine

by Daryl B Thomas & Atlanta Red Yora Katriel Publications (January 04, 2017)

Motivated by Bo “Know-Grind” Williamson, Virginia “Suga” Lee agrees to lead a student government sponsored performance arts competition to raise funds for Autism Awareness and Suicide Prevention.  Influenced...


That’s Your Lot

by Limmy HarperCollins (May 04, 2017)

This is Limmy’s second book.

It’s a whole load of new, odd, and hilariously grim short stories.

Tom is in a soft play with his daughters. He’s bored. He’s so bored he can move things with his mind.

A...


Now We Are 40

by Tiffanie Darke HarperCollins (February 23, 2017)

What happened to Generation X? Millenials dominate our Facebook feeds and people bang on about the baby boomers – but what about us? The lost generation, the middle youth, the middle child of today. Are we...


Unsuccessful Thug

by Mike Epps Harper (March 27, 2018)

From Naptown to Tinseltown—legendary stand-up comedian and actor Mike Epps finally tells all in this outrageous, hilarious, no-holds-barred memoir.

Before starring in Def Comedy Jam and Showtime at the Apollo...


Full Circle

by Angie Le Mar Filament Publishing (March 16, 2017)

Multi-award winning comedienne Angie Le Mar tells us what makes her tick.

Suffering from dyslexia, exclusion from school, pioneering in the field of comedy. "I am what dreams are made of." Yes, that little black...


Cerulean Blue

by Drew Hayden Taylor Talonbooks (October 19, 2015)

Cerulean Blue is a comedic play about a struggling blues band invited to participate in a benefit concert for a First Nation community in conflict with governmental authorities. Upon arriving, the band discovers...


The Reality Shows

by Karen Finley, Ann Pellegrini & Kathleen Hanna The Feminist Press at CUNY (February 22, 2011)

"Ms. Finley hasn't lost the power to disturb."—Ben Brantley, The New York Times

No other performing artist has captured the psychological complexity of this decade as Karen Finley has. In her inimitable style,...


Charlie Chaplin's Red Letter Days

by Fred Goodwins, David James & Dan Kamin Rowman & Littlefield Publishers (April 27, 2017)

By the end of 1914, Charlie Chaplin had become the most popular actor in films, and reporters were clamoring for interviews with the comedy sensation. But no reporter had more access than Fred Goodwins. A British...