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Jazz Tap: From African Drums to American Feet (Library of African American Arts and Culture)
Jazz Tap: From African Drums to American Feet (Library of African American Arts and Culture)
by Anne E. Johnson
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Jazz tap has a long, proud tradition. African slaves used the dances and rhythms of their homeland to create a new musical form in America. This book describes tap's illustrious history, from minstrels to Broadway to vaudeville. It also examines tap's... (read more)

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Serious Play: Modern Clown Performance
Serious Play: Modern Clown Performance
by Louise Peacock
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Slapstick comedy is the primary mode of performance for clowns, and in Serious Play, drama scholar Louise Peacock explores the evolution  over the past fifty years of this unique brand of physical comedy. Though an analysis of clowning in a range... (read more)

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Where Will the Atheists Pray?: Life and Laughter in Israel
Where Will the Atheists Pray?: Life and Laughter in Israel
by William Finn
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Bill Finn and his wife, Linda, spent six years living in Israel before returning to the U.S.with suitcases full of adventures that make up the tapestry of life in that ancient land. The book is cohesive, insightful and timely, and all his many... (read more)

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Merry Wives & Others a History of Dome
Merry Wives & Others a History of Dome
by Penelope Fritzer
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Includes bibliographical references (p. 241-253) and index.... (read more)

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Cabaret Performance: Sketches, Songs, Monologues, Memoirs: Europe 1890-1925 (Cabaret Performance)
Cabaret Performance: Sketches, Songs, Monologues, Memoirs: Europe 1890-1925 (Cabaret Performance)
by Laurence Senelick
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A splendid introduction to the world of the European cabaret in the first period of its meteoric rise as a form of artistic creativity."--Harold Segel, author of Turn-of-the-Century Cabaret.... (read more)

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Women and Comedy in Solo Performance
Women and Comedy in Solo Performance
by Suzanne Lavin
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This work examines the dramatic changes in American women's comedy performance in the years 1955-1995.The study focuses on the standup of Phyllis Diller and Roseanne and on the character comedy of Lily Tomlin. As the historical arc of women's comedy... (read more)

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Strategies of Humor in Post-Unification German Literature, Film, and Other Media
Strategies of Humor in Post-Unification German Literature, Film, and Other Media
by Jill E. Twark
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The fourteen chapters in this anthology feature original, in-depth analyses of contemporary German-language literary texts, films, political cartoons, cabaret, and other types of performance. The artworks display a wide spectrum of humor modes, such as... (read more)

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Best of Second City
Best of Second City
by Edward Asner
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Take an unforgettable ride with the classic sketches that helped make this America's foremost comedy troupe. The Second City lampoons every aspect of modern American life, with brilliant improvised sketches on subjects ranging from salad bars to affairs... (read more)

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Calvinist Humor in American Literature
Calvinist Humor in American Literature
by Michael Dunne
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Though the phrase ?Calvinist Humor? may seem to be an oxymoron, Dunne, in highly original and unfailingly interesting readings of major American fiction writers, uncovers and traces two recurrent strands of Calvinist humor descending from Puritan times... (read more)

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Ain't That a Knee-Slapper: Rural Comedy in the Twentieth Century
Ain't That a Knee-Slapper: Rural Comedy in the Twentieth Century
by Tim Hollis
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There was a time when rural comedians drew most of their humor from tales of farmers' daughters, hogs, hens, and hill country high jinks. Lum and Abner and Ma and Pa Kettle might not have toured happily under the "Redneck" marquee, but they were its... (read more)

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Fred Allen's Radio Comedy
Fred Allen's Radio Comedy
by Alan R. Havig
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"A notable example of radio at its best." —Back Stage... (read more)

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The Audition Suite: Four Comic Songs for Theatre Singers
The Audition Suite: Four Comic Songs for Theatre Singers
by Martin Charnin
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Best known as the lyricist/director for Annie, Broadway guru Martin Charnin conceived of this clever collection after noticing a sorry lack of comic songs while auditioning thousands of actors. Featuring his witty words set to the music of accompanist... (read more)

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Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism
Dumbstruck: A Cultural History of Ventriloquism
by Steven Connor
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Ventriloquism, the art of "seeming to speak where one is not", speaks so resonantly to our contemporary technological condition. We now think nothing of hearing voices--our own and others'--propelled over intercoms, cellphones, and answering machines... (read more)

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The Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: Timeless Moments from the Oddly Informative News Quiz [With Earbuds] (Playaway Adult Fiction)
The Best of Wait Wait... Don't Tell Me!: Timeless Moments from the Oddly Informative News Quiz [With Earbuds] (Playaway Adult Fiction)
by Carl Kasell
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Each week, two million radio listeners test their knowledge against some of the best and brightest in the news and entertainment world: They try to figure out Whos Carl This Time? They race against the clock on Lightning Fill in the Blank. On the Not My... (read more)

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Will Rogers at the Ziegfeld Follies
Will Rogers at the Ziegfeld Follies
by Arthur F. Wertheim
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Will Rogers and Florenz Ziegfeld are two magic names in show business. Today Rogers is considered Americas most beloved humorist, while Ziegfeld is recognized as the most flamboyant impresario in the history of the American musical theatre. Rogers was... (read more)

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The Politics of Humour: Laughter, Inclusion, and Exclusion in the Twentieth Century (German and European Studies)
The Politics of Humour: Laughter, Inclusion, and Exclusion in the Twentieth Century (German and European Studies)
by Martina Kessel
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The period between the First World War and the fall of the Berlin Wall is often characterized as the age of extremes--while this era witnessed unprecedented violence and loss of human life, it also saw a surge in humorous entertainment in both democratic... (read more)

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Life, End of
Life, End of
by Christine Brooke-rose
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This tour de force by a master of experimental novels finds the author reflecting on her old age and its effects on her writing. As she reflects on her own career, her experiments with narrative, and on the narrative she writes here, she ultimately... (read more)

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Loopholes: Reading Comically
Loopholes: Reading Comically
by John Bruns
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Much writing about comedy in the last twenty years has only trivialied comedy as cheap or as temporary distraction from things that really matter.It has either presented exhaustive taxonomies of kinds of humor-like wit, puns, jokes, humor, satire, irony... (read more)

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The Big Screen Comedies of Mel Brooks
The Big Screen Comedies of Mel Brooks
by Robert Alan Crick
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This book is devoted entirely to Mel Brooks' work as a writer and director of big screen comedies. It provides a thorough synopsis and thematic analysis for each of his twelve films. The analyses include consideration of each film in relation to his... (read more)

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Comedy: A Geographic and Historical Guide [Two Volumes]
Comedy: A Geographic and Historical Guide [Two Volumes]
by Maurice Charney
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This hallmark work examines comedy and its many forms throughout history.... (read more)

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