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Divine Comedy (10 Edition)
Divine Comedy (10 Edition)
by Dante
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First published in 1947. The Spirit of Chinese Philosophy covers the major philosophers and philosophical movements in China from Confucius to the middle of the twentieth century including: Confucius, Mencius, Yang Chu and Mo Ti, the Dialecticians and... (read more)

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Voice of the City : Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York ((Rev)00 Edition)
Voice of the City : Vaudeville and Popular Culture in New York ((Rev)00 Edition)
by Robert W. Snyder
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This entertaining and enlightening book depicts the rise of popular culture in America by brilliantly recapturing the essence and commercial trappings of one of its most vital forms of entertainment the vaudeville show. Vaudeville was a meeting place, an... (read more)

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A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy (Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World)
A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy (Folklore Studies in a Multicultural World)
by Ian Brodie
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In A Vulgar Art Ian Brodie uses a folkloristic approach to stand-up comedy, engaging the discipline's central method of studying interpersonal, artistic communication and performance. Because stand-up comedy is a rather broad category, people who study... (read more)

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The Atheist's Prayer
The Atheist's Prayer
by Amy R Biddle
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An alcoholic mall Santa and a coke-dealing stripper get tangled up with a fairy-worshiping suicide cult.... (read more)

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You're Funny!: Turn Your Sense of Humor Into a Lucrative New Career
You're Funny!: Turn Your Sense of Humor Into a Lucrative New Career
by D. B. Gilles
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Youre Funny! is the next best thing to being in a comedy writing class. It covers the different ways to earn a living as a comedy writer, including writing sitcoms, jokes for late night talk shows, parody, stand up, and screenwriting.... (read more)

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Up the Doon
Up the Doon
by Andrew Neil
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Up the Doon is A hilarious and heart-warming new comedy written for television and set on Burns' banks an' braes o' bonnie Doon. It features Alec Gourlay, a retired coal miner, who was abandoned on Smiler's mother's doorstep when he was four, clutching a... (read more)

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Vaudeville Humor: The Collected Jokes, Routines, and Skits of Ed Lowry
Vaudeville Humor: The Collected Jokes, Routines, and Skits of Ed Lowry
by Paul M. Levitt
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“This is a marvelous look at an era of American entertainment now faded from most peoples memory. . . . The subject as presented serves as a compendium of vaudeville and its reflection of a culture much different from todays. The work has added... (read more)

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The Immortal Comedy: The Comic Phenomenon in Art, Literature, and Life
The Immortal Comedy: The Comic Phenomenon in Art, Literature, and Life
by Agnes Heller
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Immortal Comedy is the first book to think philosophically about the comic phenomenon in general. Although author Agnes Heller had written a book that is both deeply scholarly and meditative on the subject of the comic form in film, literature, and life... (read more)

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A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America
A Decade of Dark Humor: How Comedy, Irony, and Satire Shaped Post-9/11 America
by Ted Gournelos
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A Decade of Dark Humor analyzes ways in which popular and visual culture used humor-in a variety of forms-to confront the attacks of September 11, 2001 and, more specifically, the aftermath. This interdisciplinary volume brings together scholars from... (read more)

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Gravity Fails: The Comic Jewish Shaping of Modern America
Gravity Fails: The Comic Jewish Shaping of Modern America
by James D. Bloom
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JAMES D. BLOOM is Professor of English and Director of American Studies and the Self-Directed Inquiry Program at Muhlenberg College, where he teaches writing and literature. He is the author of The Stock of Available Reality, Left Letters, and Literary... (read more)

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I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era
I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era
by William Knoedelseder
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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... (read more)

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Mining the Sounds of Silence: Therapy in American Life
Mining the Sounds of Silence: Therapy in American Life
by Mary B. Sinclair
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Is silence golden? It has to be when rocking the boat means the psychological death of ostracism (or worse). A popular song illustrates this ambiguous complexity: Silence is golden, but my eyes still see. Very often what is at first thought of as a... (read more)

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On the Real Side : a History of African American Comedy (99 Edition)
On the Real Side : a History of African American Comedy (99 Edition)
by Mel Watkins
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“A penetrating and immensely enjoyable history. . . . For many readers, this book will transform their conception of the character, and the source, of much American popular culture.”  —The New... (read more)

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How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs
How I Slept My Way to the Middle: Secrets and Stories from Stage, Screen, and Interwebs
by Kevin Pollak
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One of Comedy Centrals Top 100 Stand-Up Comedians of All Time, award-winning dramatic actor, and an internet pioneer, Kevin Pollak has done it all for thirty years and is ready to spill the beans. Best known for performances in A Few Good Men and The... (read more)

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Jokes and Their Relations
Jokes and Their Relations
by Elliott Oring
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Almost everyone tells and appreciates jokes. Yet the nature of jokes has proved elusive. When asked what they really mean, people tend to laugh off the question, dismissing jokes as meaningless or too obvious to require explanation. Of those who have... (read more)

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Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History
Tap Dancing America: A Cultural History
by Constance Valis Hill
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Here is the vibrant, colorful, high-stepping story of tap -- the first comprehensive, fully documented history of a uniquely American art form, exploring all aspects of the intricate musical and social exchange that evolved from Afro-Irish percussive... (read more)

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References
References
by Sm Thompson
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An outline of my Play REFERENCES is seen as in parable form and under the influence of European Theatre: It contains 2 handers for performance, dialogue that is quintessentially comic fitting into the genre of Comedy adding to it under the influence of... (read more)

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Contributions in Drama & Theatre Studies #82: Tony Pastor Presents: Afterpieces from the Vaudeville Stage
Contributions in Drama & Theatre Studies #82: Tony Pastor Presents: Afterpieces from the Vaudeville Stage
by Susan Kattwinkel
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Pastor (c.1832-1908) worked as a circus performer and toured with a number of variety shows before ultimately gaining fame for cleaning up the bawdier variety shows of the era and producing respectable--and extremely popular--vaudeville shows at New... (read more)

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The Comedy of Errors (Dover Thrift Editions)
The Comedy of Errors (Dover Thrift Editions)
by William Shakespeare
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Based on a pair of comic dramas from ancient Rome, The Comedy of Errors presents a spectacle of pure farce in the spirit of utmost fun and — as the title suggests — hilarious confusion. Two sets of identical twins provide the basis... (read more)

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National Joke; Popular Comedy and English Cultural Identity
National Joke; Popular Comedy and English Cultural Identity
by Andy Medhurst
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Comedy is crucial to how the English see themselves. This book considers that proposition through a series of case studies of popular English comedies and comedians in the twentieth century, ranging from the Carry On films to the work of Mike Leigh and... (read more)

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