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I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era

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In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from all across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carsons Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. It was Comedy Camelot—but it couldnt last.

William Knoedelseder, then a cub reporter covering the scene for the Los Angeles Times, was there when the comedians—who were not paid for performing—tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. In Im Dying Up Here he tells the whole story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there.

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Full of revealing portraits of many of the best-known comedic talents of the 1970s, "I'm Dying Up Here" is also a poignant tale of the price of success and the terrible cost of failure--professional and moral.

About the Author

William Knoedelseder is the author of Stiffed: A True Story of MCA, The Music Business, and the Mafia, and In Eddies Name. He lives near Los Angeles, California.

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ISBN:
9781586488963
Author:
Knoedelseder, William
Publisher:
PublicAffairs
Subject:
Theater - History & Criticism
Subject:
Comedy
Subject:
Labor
Subject:
Stand-up comedy - United States - History -
Subject:
Humor-Comedy Business and Criticism
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Publication Date:
20100731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
12-pp. b/w photos on text
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.13 in

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