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Product Description: In this engaging memoir, written with heart, wisdom, and a huge helping of hilarity, Martin Short shares stories of his life, revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became the "comedian's comedian" (Vanity Fair)...read more

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9781483029184 | Unabridged edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, November 4, 2014), cover price $59.99 | About this edition: In this engaging memoir, written with heart, wisdom, and a huge helping of hilarity, Martin Short shares stories of his life, revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became the "comedian's comedian" (Vanity Fair).

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Product Description: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin, an A-Z compendium of her celebrity run-ins, and the jaw-dropping, charming, and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them. Kathy Griffin’s Celebrity Run-Ins is Kathy’s funny, juicy index of all of the celebrities she has met during her many years in show business, bursting with never-before-told stories...read more

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9781250115638 | Flatiron Books, December 27, 2016, cover price $26.99 | About this edition: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin, an A-Z compendium of her celebrity run-ins, and the jaw-dropping, charming, and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them.

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9781250118202 | Macmillan Audio, December 27, 2016, cover price $39.99 | About this edition: From #1 New York Times bestselling author Kathy Griffin, an A-Z compendium of the celebrities she’s met over the years and the jaw-dropping, charming, and sometimes bizarre anecdotes only she can tell about them.

The BBC satirical sitcom Yes Minister was not only one of the most successful and fondly remembered television comedies of the 1980s, it was also a slyly radical critique of the politics of its day. At a time when Thatcherite ideas were challenging vested interests in government, industry and society, the depiction of the hapless and self-deluding minister, Jim Hacker, and the wily civil servant, Sir Humphrey, seemed, to many, to sum up an Establishment out for little more than its own gain. Now, acclaimed entertainment historian Graham McCann goes behind the scenes to reveal the curious origins of Margaret Thatcher's favourite television show.

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9781781311899 | Aurum Pr Ltd, November 1, 2014, cover price $29.99 | About this edition: The BBC satirical sitcom Yes Minister was not only one of the most successful and fondly remembered television comedies of the 1980s, it was also a slyly radical critique of the politics of its day.

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9781781315859 | Reprint edition (Aurum Pr Ltd, December 1, 2016), cover price $14.99 | also contains A Very Courageous Decision: The Inside Story of Yes, Minister

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Product Description: Contemporary Clowning as Social Performance in Colombia brings to light the emergence of new kinds of clowning in everyday life in Colombia, focusing particularly on the pervasive presence of clowns in the urban landscape of Bogotá...read more

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9781474249270 | Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, December 1, 2016, cover price $112.00 | About this edition: Contemporary Clowning as Social Performance in Colombia brings to light the emergence of new kinds of clowning in everyday life in Colombia, focusing particularly on the pervasive presence of clowns in the urban landscape of Bogotá.

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Product Description: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • Newsday • Esquire • NPR • Booklist Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth...read more

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9780399588174 | Spiegel & Grau, November 15, 2016, cover price $28.00 | About this edition: #1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • The compelling, inspiring, and comically sublime story of one man’s coming-of-age, set during the twilight of apartheid and the tumultuous days of freedom that followedNAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY Michiko Kakutani, New York Times • Newsday • Esquire • NPR • Booklist Trevor Noah’s unlikely path from apartheid South Africa to the desk of The Daily Show began with a criminal act: his birth.

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Product Description: Jokes change from generation to generation, but the experience of the comedian transcends the ages: the drive, jealousy, heartbreak, and triumph. From the Marx Brothers to Milton Berle to George Carlin to Eddie Murphy to Louis CK—comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century’s worth of rebels and groundbreakers, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts, forgotten stars and workaday plodders in this essential history of American comedy...read more

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9780802125682 | Reprint edition (Grove Pr, November 8, 2016), cover price $18.00 | About this edition: Jokes change from generation to generation, but the experience of the comedian transcends the ages: the drive, jealousy, heartbreak, and triumph.

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Product Description: 'I defy anyone not to snort, howl and recoil' The Sunday Times'Full of wicked asides, tart observations and sharp remarks that could only have originated in Graham Norton's witty brain.' Terry WoganLooking around the room I saw what life really was...read more

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9781444790252 | Hodder & Stoughton, January 1, 2015, cover price $32.99 | About this edition: 'Full of wicked asides, tart observations and sharp remarks that could only have originated in Graham Norton's witty brain' Terry Wogan, The Irish TimesIn his new autobiography, written with characteristic humour and often outrageous candour, Graham shows that life is more than just a series of dates and it's really the things you love that make you who you are.

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9781444790283 | Hodder & Stoughton, October 25, 2016, cover price $15.99 | About this edition: 'I defy anyone not to snort, howl and recoil' The Sunday Times'Full of wicked asides, tart observations and sharp remarks that could only have originated in Graham Norton's witty brain.
9781444790269 | Hodder & Stoughton, April 1, 2015, cover price $23.95 | About this edition: Revealing, moving, and hilarious, Graham Norton tells the story of his life through the things he loves in a brand new memoirGraham Norton has been entertaining audiences and having fun with some of the world's biggest stars for nearly 20 years.

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Product Description: Before film made them international comedy legends, the Marx Brothers developed their comic skills on stage for twenty-five years. In Four of the Three Musketeers: The Marx Brothers on Stage, Robert S. Bader offers the first comprehensive history of the foursome’s hardscrabble early years honing their act in front of live audiences...read more

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9780810134164 | Northwestern Univ Pr, October 15, 2016, cover price $35.00 | About this edition: Before film made them international comedy legends, the Marx Brothers developed their comic skills on stage for twenty-five years.

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Product Description: Books are a lot harder to write than Twitter posts. @davidspade (free plug)David Spade is Almost InterestingThis is my memoir . . . . It’s me telling you about my fake problems in life and a few real ones. It’s a book about comedy, and how I came up from the dusty roads of Arizona with my OP shorts and my blond fluffy hair, to the mean streets of Beverly Hills, with nothing but a few props in my mom’s old honeymoon suitcase and a couple of dry jokes...read more

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9780062376978 | Dey Street Books, October 27, 2015, cover price $27.99 | About this edition: A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni David Spade.

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9780062376992 | Reprint edition (Dey Street Books, April 12, 2016), cover price $15.99 | About this edition: A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni David Spade.

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9780062562715 | Unabridged edition (Harperaudio, October 4, 2016), cover price $14.99 | About this edition: Books are a lot harder to write than Twitter posts.

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Product Description: Caspar Lee is a social media sensation. As part of the YouTubing elite, Caspar has risen to the top of online fame and he shares his world with millions of viewers every day. This book will be the ultimate fan guide, full of his original brand of comedy and general silliness...read more

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9781409167273 | Orion Pub Co, October 4, 2016, cover price $9.99 | About this edition: Caspar Lee is a social media sensation.

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Product Description: The show's opening song ''When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'' is interrupted by the ring of a telephone and actor Ed Gardner answering, ''Hello, Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat. Archie the manager speakin'. Duffy ain't here-- oh, hello, Duffy...read more
By Hollywood 360 (corporate author)

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9781504707442 | Blackstone Audio Inc, October 1, 2016, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: The show's opening song ''When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'' is interrupted by the ring of a telephone and actor Ed Gardner answering, ''Hello, Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat.
9781504707459 | Mp3 edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, October 1, 2016), cover price $29.95 | About this edition: The show's opening song ''When Irish Eyes Are Smiling'' is interrupted by the ring of a telephone and actor Ed Gardner answering, ''Hello, Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat.

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Product Description: Duffy's Tavern was a radio comedy series featuring tavern manager Archie, his get-rich-quick schemes, and his well-known guest stars.The familiar opening song "When Irish Eyes Are Smiling" is interrupted by the ring of a telephone and actor Ed Gardner's New Yorkese accent as he answered, "Hello, Duffy's Tavern, where the elite meet to eat...read more
By Hollywood 360 (corporate author)

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9781504707435 | Blackstone Audio Inc, October 1, 2016, cover price $55.00 | About this edition: Duffy's Tavern was a radio comedy series featuring tavern manager Archie, his get-rich-quick schemes, and his well-known guest stars.

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Product Description: Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942–1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time―and one of the least understood. In private, she was as reserved and refined as her characters were bold and bawdy...read more

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9781617037610, titled "Madeline Kahn: Being the Music: A Life" | 1 edition (Univ Pr of Mississippi, April 29, 2015), cover price $35.00 | About this edition: Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942–1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time―and one of the least understood.

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9781496809599 | Reprint edition (Univ Pr of Mississippi, September 1, 2016), cover price $25.00 | About this edition: Best known for her Oscar-nominated roles in the smash hits Paper Moon and Blazing Saddles, Madeline Kahn (1942–1999) was one of the most popular comedians of her time―and one of the least understood.

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Product Description: As far as we know, only human beings have a sense of humour – although chimps might laugh when tickled, and dogs respond similarly in play, Seth McFarlane's fan-base is comprised exclusively of humans. Whilst animals and robots might feature as prominent characters in our favourite comic movies, shows and stand-up routines, we have no reason to suspect that their real-life brethren get the joke...read more

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9781472580436 | Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, December 17, 2015, cover price $104.00

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9781350004511 | Bloomsbury Methuen Drama, August 25, 2016, cover price $39.95 | About this edition: As far as we know, only human beings have a sense of humour – although chimps might laugh when tickled, and dogs respond similarly in play, Seth McFarlane's fan-base is comprised exclusively of humans.
9780553261523, titled "Life on the Run" | Reissue edition (Bantam Books, May 1, 1987), cover price $3.95 | also contains Life on the Run | About this edition: More than twenty years after Bill Bradley retired from the New York Knicks to become a United States senator, his account of twenty days in a pro basketball season remains a classic in sports literature.

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Product Description: 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 aficionados will rejoice in these expert novelizations by a famed Hollywood screenwriter of the scripts for ten short films Chaplin made in 1915 for the Essanay Company of Chicago...read more

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9780486806693 | Dover Pubns, August 17, 2016, cover price $9.95 | About this edition: 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.

"Vibrant and surprisingly serious...by far the most accomplished and affecting work from the gifted Mr. Guirgis, a prolific and erratic chronicler of marginal lives."—The New York Times"The most expressive cursing since Shakespeare."—The GuardianIn The Motherfucker with the Hat, Jackie, a recently paroled drug dealer, attempts a fragile balance between the addictions of love, the struggle to stay clean, and revenge for the betrayals that punctuate and maybe even facilitate his recovery.Stephen Adly Guirgis's other plays include Jesus Hopped the 'A' Train, Our Lady of 121st Street,The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, and The Little Flower of East Orange. His play Between Riverside and Crazy won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. He is a former co-artistic director of LABryinth Theater Company. He is a creator and writer of Netflix's The Get Down.

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9781559365161 | Theatre Communications Group, August 30, 2016, cover price $14.95
9780822225485 | Dramatist''s Play Service, March 1, 2012, cover price $9.00 | About this edition: "Vibrant and surprisingly serious.

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Product Description: During the course of a career that began in the late 1940s, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions; he widened the boundaries of free speech. Critic Ralph Gleason said, “So many taboos have been lifted and so many comics have rushed through the doors Lenny opened...read more
By Howard Reich (foreword by)

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9780306825293 | Da Capo Pr, August 2, 2016, cover price $15.99 | About this edition: During the course of a career that began in the late 1940s, Lenny Bruce challenged the sanctity of organized religion and other societal and political conventions; he widened the boundaries of free speech.

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Product Description: An entertaining and insightful examination of the Emmy-award winning American satirical news show, broadcast on Comedy Central in the US, and (in an edited edition) on More4 in the UK and CNN International around the world. Includes discussion of both The Daily Show and its spin-off show, The Colbert ReportShowcases philosophers at their best, discussing truth, knowledge, reality and the American WayHighlights the razor sharp critical skills of Jon Stewart and his colleaguesFaces tough and surprisingly funny questions about politics, religion, and power head o...read more
By Jeff Preston (narrator)

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9781522688785 | Mp3 una edition (Audible Studios on Brilliance audio, August 2, 2016), cover price $9.99 | About this edition: An entertaining and insightful examination of the Emmy-award winning American satirical news show, broadcast on Comedy Central in the US, and (in an edited edition) on More4 in the UK and CNN International around the world.

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Product Description: Once in a lifetime a venue comes along that changes show business dramatically, that fosters growth and camaraderie, experimentation and freedom. The Comic Strip is one of those places, and Make ’Em Laugh is an inside look at how it all happened, straight from the mouths of the stars who built their careers on its stage...read more
By Chris Rock (introduced by)

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9781632202024 | Skyhorse Pub Co Inc, July 5, 2016, cover price $17.99 | About this edition: Once in a lifetime a venue comes along that changes show business dramatically, that fosters growth and camaraderie, experimentation and freedom.

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Product Description: Slapstick comedy landed like a pie in the face of twentieth-century culture. Pratfalls and nyuk-nyuks percolated alongside literary modernism throughout the 1920s and 1930s before slapstick found explosive expression in postwar literature, experimental film, and popular music...read more

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9780252040245 | Univ of Illinois Pr, June 15, 2016, cover price $55.00 | About this edition: Slapstick comedy landed like a pie in the face of twentieth-century culture.

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Product Description: Hybrid films that straddle more than one genre are not unusual. But when seemingly incongruous genres are mashed together, such as horror and comedy, filmmakers often have to tread carefully to produce a cohesive, satisfying work...read more

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9781442268326 | Rowman & Littlefield Pub Inc, June 15, 2016, cover price $85.00 | About this edition: Hybrid films that straddle more than one genre are not unusual.

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Product Description: Award-winning comedian Paula Poundstone is legendary for her spontaneous wit and razor-sharp humor. She is a popular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait . . . Don't Tell Me! and tours regularly, keeping audiences laughing in her one-woman shows...read more
By Paula Poundstone (other contributor)

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9781681682228 | Unabridged edition (Highbridge Co, June 7, 2016), cover price $22.95 | About this edition: Award-winning comedian Paula Poundstone is legendary for her spontaneous wit and razor-sharp humor.

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Product Description: From The Two Gentlemen of Verona in the early 1590s to The Two Noble Kinsmen at the end of his career around 1614, Shakespeare wrote at least eighteen plays that can be called 'comedies': a far higher number than that for any other genre in which he wrote...read more

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9780198723356 | Oxford Univ Pr, June 1, 2016, cover price $11.95 | About this edition: From The Two Gentlemen of Verona in the early 1590s to The Two Noble Kinsmen at the end of his career around 1614, Shakespeare wrote at least eighteen plays that can be called 'comedies': a far higher number than that for any other genre in which he wrote.

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Product Description: [Volume 2][Audio Theater] Here are more adventures from the husband and wife comedy duo, Fibber McGee and Molly.Fibber McGee & Molly had a long and successful run on radio from 1935 to 1959, featuring its creators and stars, married couple Jim and Marian Jordan...read more
By Hollywood 360 (corporate author)

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9781504705530 | Mp3 edition (Blackstone Audio Inc, June 1, 2016), cover price $29.95 | About this edition: [Volume 2][Audio Theater] Here are more adventures from the husband and wife comedy duo, Fibber McGee and Molly.
9781504705523 | Blackstone Audio Inc, June 1, 2016, cover price $29.95 | About this edition: [Volume 2][Audio Theater] Here are more adventures from the husband and wife comedy duo, Fibber McGee and Molly.

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Product Description: Fibber McGee & Molly had a long and successful run on radio from 1935 to 1959, featuring its creators and stars, married couple Jim and Marian Jordan. Living in the fictional midwestern city of Wistful Vista, Fibber was an American teller of tall tales and a braggart, usually to the exasperation of his long-suffering wife, Molly, who tried to keep him out of trouble...read more
By Hollywood 360 (corporate author)

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9781504705516 | Blackstone Audio Inc, June 1, 2016, cover price $55.00 | About this edition: Fibber McGee & Molly had a long and successful run on radio from 1935 to 1959, featuring its creators and stars, married couple Jim and Marian Jordan.

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