The comedians : drunks, thieves, scoundrels, and the history of American comedy / Kliph Nesteroff
- Nesteroff, Kliph
- New York : Grove Press, 
- Copyright Date:
- First edition.
- Physical Description:
- xvii, 425 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), portraits ; 24 cm
- Vaudeville comedians -- Radio -- Nightclubs -- Television -- Late night -- The emergence of Las Vegas -- Stand-up's great change -- Percolation in the mid-1960s -- Hippie madness at decade's end -- The first comedy clubs and the 1970s -- The stand-up comedy boom -- The 1990s -- The new millennium.
- "Jokes change from generation to generation, but the experience of the stand-up comedian transcends the ages: the striving and struggles, the tragedy and triumph. From the Marx Brothers to Milton Berle, George Carlin to Eddie Murphy, Conan O'Brien to Louis C. K.--comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff presents a century of fascinating rebels, forgotten stars, and characters on the precipice of fame in this essential history of American comedy."--Book jacket.
- 9780802123985 (hardcover)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages -393) and index.
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