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What makes humans bark?
Is the funny bone funny?
What is the algebra of comedy?
Did the sitcom originate with the ape?

Carlton is an android (a 4.5 Bowie Artificial Intelligence Robot) who works for Alex and Lewis, two comedians from the twenty-second century who travel the outer vaudeville circuit of the solar system known ironically as the Road to Mars. His problem is that although as a computer he cannot understand irony, he is attempting to write a thesis about comedy, its place in evolution, and whether it can ever be cured. And he is also studying the comedians of the late twentieth century (including obscure and esoteric comedy acts such as Monty Python's Flying Circus) in his search for the comedy gene.
        
In the meantime, while auditioning for a gig on the Princess Di (a solar cruise ship), his two employers inadvertently offend the fabulous diva Brenda Woolley and become involved in a terrorist plot against Mars, the home of Showbiz.

Can Carlton prevent Alex and Lewis from losing their gigs, help them overcome the love thing, and finally understand the meaning of comedy in the universe? Will a robot ever really be able to do stand-up? As Einstein might have said, nothing in the universe can travel faster than the speed of laughter.

The Road to Mars was named one of the best books of 1999 by the Los Angeles Times.

About the Author

Eric Idle was one of the six original members of Monty Python's Flying Circus. He has appeared in many films. In addition to editing the Monty Python books, he has also written a novel, Hello Sailor; a play, Pass the Butler; and a children's novel, The Quite Remarkable Adventures of the Owl and the Pussycat. He lives in Los Angeles.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780375403408
Author:
Idle, Eric
Publisher:
Random House
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Humorous Stories
Subject:
Science Fiction - General
Subject:
Science fiction
Subject:
Comedians
Subject:
Androids
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st ed.
Publication Date:
September 1999
Binding:
Trade Cloth
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
309
Dimensions:
9.57x6.45x1.17 in. 1.30 lbs.

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