Comedy at the Edge

Comedy at the Edge

How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America

Book - 2008
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What Peter Biskind did for filmmaking, Time magazine critic Richard Zoglin does for comedy in this meticulously researched and hilariously readable account of stand-up comedy in the 1970s.

In the rock-and-roll 1970s, a new breed of comic, inspired by the fearless Lenny Bruce, made telling jokes an art form. Innovative comedians like George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robert Klein, and, later, Steve Martin, Albert Brooks, Robin Williams, and Andy Kaufman, tore through the country and became as big as rock stars in an era when Saturday Night Live was the apotheosis of cool and the Improv, Catch a Rising Star, and the Comedy Store were the hottest clubs around. In Comedy at the Edge , Richard Zoglin gives a backstage view of the time, when a group of brilliant, iconoclastic comedians ruled the world--and quite possibly changed it, too. Based on extensive interviews with club owners, agents, producers--and with unprecedented and unlimited access to the players themselves-- Comedy at the Edge is a no-holdsbarred, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most influential and tumultuous decades in American popular culture.

Publisher: New York : Bloomsbury USA, c2008
ISBN: 9781582346243
Branch Call Number: ANF 792.7 ZOG
Characteristics: 247 p. ; 24 cm

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Ichigaga
Sep 17, 2012

Highly recommended to people that enjoy stand up comedians, both old and new, and are interested in the evolution of the art form from one-liners to political commentary to observational humor. Alot about the importance of comedy nightclubs and the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson.

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tedrich2921
Jul 21, 2008

This book was fun to read because it gives many samples from great comedy routines. As someone who lived through the '70s, this book was a great recap of the comedians I remember and they in turn were a true reflection of the times. I forgot how many truly great comedians the '70s produced. Great book; lots of fun.

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