Behind the Laughs

Community and Inequality in Comedy

Author: Michael P. Jeffries

Publisher: Stanford University Press

ISBN: 1503602974

Category: Social Science

Page: 240

View: 3625

Comedy is a brutal business. When comedians define success, they don't talk about money—they talk about not quitting. They work in a business where even big names work for free, and the inequalities of race, class, and gender create real barriers. But they also work in a business where people still believe that hard work and talent lead to the big time. How do people working in comedy sustain these contradictions and keep laughing? In Behind the Laughs, Michael P. Jeffries brings readers into the world of comedy to reveal its dark corners and share its buoyant lifeblood. He draws on conversations with comedians, as well as club owners, bookers, and managers, to show the extraordinary social connections professional humor demands. Not only do comedians have to read their audience night after night, but they must also create lasting bonds across the profession to get gigs in the first place. Comedy is not a meritocracy, and its rewards are not often fame and fortune. Only performers who know the rules of their community are able to make it a career.

Behind the Laughter

Author: Sherrie Hewson

Publisher: HarperCollins UK

ISBN: 0007412630

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 304

View: 3945

Join Loose Women's Sherrie Hewson on her rollercoaster ride through the laughter, tears and tantrums of an extraordinary life lived on and off the screen.

Behind the Laughter, Hidden Tears

Author: Sal Richards

Publisher: Strategic Book Publishing

ISBN: 1609112555

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 170

View: 6919

"The true story of entertainer, comedian and actor Sal Richards, a behind the scenes look that reveals the many obstacles he faced while trying to make it in the business for over 50 years."--cover, p. 4.

Bomber: Behind the Laughter

Author: Herol Graham


ISBN: 1783010673


Page: N.A

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The Laugh Makers

A Behind-the-scenes Tribute to Hope's Incredible Gag Writers

Author: Robert L. Mills,Gary Owen

Publisher: Bearmanor Media

ISBN: 9781593933234

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

View: 587

Bob Mills takes us on a journey to a long-ago ear of slapstick sketch comedy that lovingly exposes the unique and fascinating world of variety television's "gag men"--those wit-blessed wordsmiths to whom this book pays long-overdue homage. The author's collection of backstage stories, behind-the-scenes anecdotes, and candid photos fondly recall a golden age of television. Here you'll meet the talented stars and the gifted writers who helped make their audiences laugh.--From publisher description.

Behind the Laughter

A Comedian’s Tale of Tragedy and Hope

Author: Anthony Griffith,Dr. Brigitte Travis-Griffin

Publisher: Thomas Nelson

ISBN: 0785219811

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 224

View: 2095

A couple’s powerful story of how God comforts us so that we can comfort others. Anthony Griffith, a stand-up comic from Chicago’s South Side, has lived on the borderline of comedy and tragedy. At the very time his career as a stand-up comedian was taking off, and he had finally achieved his dream of appearing on The Tonight Show, he was also enduring an unimaginable personal nightmare: his two-year-old daughter, Brittany Nicole, was dying from cancer. While Anthony performed under bright lights, he struggled not to succumb to the darkness of losing a child. Behind the Laughter asks, When your world is falling apart, how do you keep going? It’s the story of how Anthony and his wife, Brigitte, learned to endure the most painful of times and emerge on the other side of the “zombie years.” This memoir is deeply moving yet also humorous—packed with laughs as Anthony takes us from his gun-toting grandma’s home to Chicago’s white and black comedy clubs, then to Hollywood, and to the world of network television. The surprising twists along Anthony’s path highlight the power of God that goes before us and prepares the way—a truth that later encourages Anthony and Brigitte after Brittany’s death and moves them to reach out and comfort others going through similar difficulties. With humor and deep insights into the human spirit, Behind the Laughter explores the bonds of not only parent and child but also husband and wife. While Anthony and Brigitte’s story is uniquely theirs, it elicits powerful, relatable emotions and lessons that are universal and inspiring.

The Comedians

Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy

Author: Kliph Nesteroff

Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic

ISBN: 0802190863

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 432

View: 5808

In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff’s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years. Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian—an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy’s part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.


A Scientific Investigation

Author: Robert R. Provine

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 1101659254

Category: Psychology

Page: 272

View: 7519

Do men and women laugh at the same things? Is laughter contagious? Has anyone ever really died laughing? Is laughing good for your health? Drawing upon ten years of research into this most common-yet complex and often puzzling-human phenomenon, Dr. Robert Provine, the world's leading scientific expert on laughter, investigates such aspects of his subject as its evolution, its role in social relationships, its contagiousness, its neural mechanisms, and its health benefits. This is an erudite, wide-ranging, witty, and long-overdue exploration of a frequently surprising subject.

Laughs, Luck-- and Lucy

How I Came to Create the Most Popular Sitcom of All Time

Author: Jess Oppenheimer,Gregg Oppenheimer

Publisher: Gregg Oppenheimer

ISBN: 9780815605843

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 290

View: 4529

Reading much like an episode of Lucy itself, Oppenheimer's comic genius shines through page after page. Hollywood aficionados will delight in his entertaining stories of stars such as Douglas Fairbanks, Edgar Bergen, Fred Astaire, and, of course, Lucille Ball. Lucy lovers will relish more than fifty rare photos, never-before-published scripts (including the only I Love Lucy script that Lucy or Desi ever refused to perform), and an audio compact disc full of Lucy's previously unreleased radio comedy performances.

Laughter Out of Place

Race, Class, Violence, and Sexuality in a Rio Shantytown

Author: Donna M. Goldstein

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520276043

Category: Social Science

Page: 349

View: 6354

Drawing on the author's experience in Brazil, this text provides a portrait of everyday life among the women of the favelas - a portrait that challenges much of what we think we know about the 'culture of poverty'. It helps us understand the nature of joking and laughter in the shantytown.

Life Behind the Camera

Author: Chuck Quinzio

Publisher: BookBaby

ISBN: 0989402959

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 227

View: 5700

For the past thirty years, Chuck Quinzio has been filming life on the streets of Chicago as a television news cameraman. “Life Behind the Camera” is his vividly colorful memoir; a chronicle of the news stories of the last three decades, told from a cameraman’s perspective. *Stand alongside a young gangbanger lying on the streets of Chicago, struggling to stay alive. *Chase down celebrities (Michael Jackson, Princess Diana, Michael Jordan, Harry Caray), politicians (Harold Washington, Rod Blagojevich), and criminals (including mob bosses). *Cheat death as you hang out of a helicopter, or slink out of a housing project amid a flurry of flying bullets, or maneuver your way around the gruesome underbelly of Chicago. *Hang out in Chicago’s television newsrooms—and learn the behind the scenes machinations of assignment editors, reporters, news directors, anchors, and crew. *Spend time with a network television news crew, flying into such hotspots as Iowa, Nebraska, and Ohio. *And of course, experience the joy and splendor of the city of Chicago. Quinzio’s storytelling paints a picture of Chicago and the television news business you’ll never forget; tragic, gritty, frightening, and laugh-out-loud hilarious.

Let There Be Laughter

A Treasury of Great Jewish Humor and What It All Means

Author: Michael Krasny

Publisher: HarperCollins

ISBN: 0062422057

Category: Humor

Page: 304

View: 1805

From the host of NPR affiliate’s Forum with Michael Krasny, a compendium of Jewish jokes that packs the punches with hilarious riff after riff and also offers a window into Jewish culture. Michael Krasny has been telling Jewish jokes since his bar mitzvah, and it’s been said that he knows more of them than anyone on the planet. He certainly states his case in this wise, enlightening, and hilarious book that not only collects the best of Jewish humor passed down from generation to generation, but explains the cultural expressions and anxieties behind the laughs. "What’s Jewish Alzheimer’s?" "You forget everything but the grudges." "You must be so proud. Your daughter is the President of the United States!" "Yes. But her brother is a doctor!" "Isn’t Jewish humor masochistic?" "No. And if I hear that one more time I am going to kill myself." With his background as a scholar and public-radio host, Krasny delves deeply into the themes, topics, and form of Jewish humor: chauvinism undercut by irony and self-mockery, the fear of losing cultural identity through assimilation, the importance of vocal inflection in joke-telling, and calls to communal memory, including the use of Yiddish. Borrowing from traditional humor and such Jewish comedy legends as Jackie Mason, Mel Brooks, and Joan Rivers, Larry David, Sarah Silverman, Jerry Seinfeld and Amy Schumer, Let There Be Laughter is an absolute pleasure for the chosen and goyim alike.

The Man Who Laughs

L'Homme Qui Rit

Author: Victor Hugo

Publisher: The Floating Press

ISBN: 1775452786

Category: Fiction

Page: 748

View: 1301

Moving away from the explicitly political content of his previous novels, Victor Hugo turns to social commentary in The Man Who Laughs, an 1869 work that was made into a popular film in the 1920s. The plot deals with a band of miscreants who deliberately deform children to make them more effective beggars, as well as the long-lasting emotional and social damage that this abhorrent practice inflicts upon its victims.

The Simpsons Family History

Author: Matt Groening,Matt Groening Productions, Inc.

Publisher: Harry N. Abrams

ISBN: 9781419713996

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 304

View: 8026

A history of the famous cartoon family unravels twenty-five years of Simpsons facts and fun from the TV show and presents them in a chronological format.

Behind the Dolphin Smile

A True Story that Will Touch the Hearts of Animal Lovers Everywhere

Author: Richard O'Barry,Keith Coulbourn

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781580631013

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 288

View: 5656

A look at how the former trainer of Flipper decided that he could no longer go on working toward the imprisonment of dolphins after one died in his arms discusses how he devoted his life to returning them to the wild. Reprint.

Morning's at Seven

Author: Paul Osborn

Publisher: Samuel French, Inc.

ISBN: 9780573612510

Category: American drama

Page: 152

View: 6623

Folder contains the printed script mounted on blank leaves with extensive manuscript annotations and notes, newspaper clippings, reviews, and set design.

Laugh It Up! (with Bonus Content)

Embrace Freedom and Experience Defiant Joy

Author: Candace Payne

Publisher: Zondervan

ISBN: 0310351677

Category: Religion

Page: 208

View: 3540

This ebook includes the full text of the book PLUS exclusive photos, insider stories, and practical inspiration from Candace—only found in the ebook! The world knows Candace Payne as “Chewbacca Mom,” the wife and mother of two from Dallas who captured the hearts of nearly 200 million people around the world with nothing but a toy Chewbacca mask, a smart phone, and infectious laughter. Candace’s viral moment of simple joy became Facebook Live’s top video. But what the video doesn’t show is Candace’s storied journey of daunting obstacles on the way to the joy-filled life—extreme poverty, past trauma, and struggles with self-worth. Laugh It Up! tells the rest of the story behind the woman in the mask. Like most of us, Candace has often felt overlooked, undervalued, and insignificant. But she has also discovered the secrets to unshakable joy that no circumstance can take away, and Laugh It Up! will help you discover and experience the same. Join Candace to discover the gift God has given us all to experience life to the fullest. All you need to do is answer “yes” when joy, whom Candace personifies as a friend, calls you to come and play. Do you feel tempted to give up on your dreams? Joy stays the course. Do your knees knock when thinking about the future? Joy hopes for what can be. Do you feel unseen and unnoticed? Joy is content whether backstage or center stage. Do you feel crushed under the weight of regret? Joy loves you enough to weep with you, but also enough to help you move on. When life punches you in the gut, it can be difficult to muster a smile—much less a laugh. But with humor and power, wit and wisdom, Candace lights the way forward to a life that is free indeed.

Gather the Daughters

A Novel

Author: Jennie Melamed

Publisher: Little, Brown

ISBN: 0316463671

Category: Fiction

Page: 352

View: 1779

NEVER LET ME GO meets THE GIVER in this haunting debut about a cult on an isolated island, where nothing is as it seems. A Guardian Best Book of the Year A Booklist Best Book of the Year A New York Magazine best book of the month A Real Simple best book of the month People Magazine's Book of the Week Years ago, just before the country was incinerated to wasteland, ten men and their families colonized an island off the coast. They built a radical society of ancestor worship, controlled breeding, and the strict rationing of knowledge and history. Only the Wanderers--chosen male descendants of the original ten--are allowed to cross to the wastelands, where they scavenge for detritus among the still-smoldering fires. The daughters of these men are wives-in-training. At the first sign of puberty, they face their Summer of Fruition, a ritualistic season that drags them from adolescence to matrimony. They have children, who have children, and when they are no longer useful, they take their final draught and die. But in the summer, the younger children reign supreme. With the adults indoors and the pubescent in Fruition, the children live wildly--they fight over food and shelter, free of their fathers' hands and their mothers' despair. And it is at the end of one summer that little Caitlin Jacob sees something so horrifying, so contradictory to the laws of the island, that she must share it with the others. Born leader Janey Solomon steps up to seek the truth. At seventeen years old, Janey is so unwilling to become a woman, she is slowly starving herself to death. Trying urgently now to unravel the mysteries of the island and what lies beyond, before her own demise, she attempts to lead an uprising of the girls that may be their undoing. GATHER THE DAUGHTERS is a smoldering debut; dark and energetic, compulsively readable, Melamed's novel announces her as an unforgettable new voice in fiction.

The Importance of Not Being Earnest

The feeling behind laughter and humor

Author: Wallace Chafe

Publisher: John Benjamins Publishing

ISBN: 9027292973

Category: Psychology

Page: 167

View: 9224

The thesis of this book is that neither laughter nor humor can be understood apart from the feeling that underlies them. This feeling is a mental state in which people exclude some situation from their knowledge of how the world really is, thereby inhibiting seriousness where seriousness would be counterproductive. Laughter is viewed as an expression of this feeling, and humor as a set of devices designed to trigger it because it is so pleasant and distracting. Beginning with phonetic analyses of laughter, the book examines ways in which the feeling behind the laughter is elicited by both humorous and nonhumorous situations. It discusses properties of this feeling that justify its inclusion in the repertoire of human emotions. Against this background it illustrates the creation of humor in several folklore genres and across several cultures. Finally, it reconciles this understanding with various already familiar ways of explaining humor and laughter.

Richard Pryor

The Man Behind the Laughter

Author: Joseph Nazel

Publisher: Holloway House Publishing Company

ISBN: 9780870670138

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 205

View: 3722