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Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes
Stop Me If You've Heard This: A History and Philosophy of Jokes
by Jim Holt
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From the best-selling author of Why Does the World Exist? comes this outrageous, uproarious compendium of absurdity, filth, racy paradox, and gratuitous  offensiveness—just the kind of mature philosophical reflection readers have come to... (read more)

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The Humanist Comedy
The Humanist Comedy
by Alexander Welsh
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For about three thousand years comedy has applied a welcome humanist perspective to the worlds religious beliefs and practices. From the ancient Greek comedies of Aristophanes, the famous poem by Lucretius, and dialogues of Cicero to early modern and... (read more)

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How to Be Funny: Discovering the Comic You
How to Be Funny: Discovering the Comic You
by Steve Allen
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No one knows more about comedy than Steve Allen. For more than five decades as a writer, performer, and keen observer of the social scene, he has looked into every aspect of who's funny, what's funny, and why. Now, Allen shares his discoveries in this... (read more)

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Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s
Seriously Funny: The Rebel Comedians of the 1950s and 1960s
by Gerald Nachman
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From Mel Brooks and Tommy Smothers to Mort Sahl and Lenny Bruce, Nachman tells the story of America's "satiric revolution."... (read more)

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Make 'em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
Make 'em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
by Michael Kantor
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From the most popular routines and the most ingenious physical shtick to the snappiest wisecracks and the most biting satire of the last century, MAKE 'EM LAUGH illuminates who we are as a nation by exploring what makes us laugh, and why. Authors... (read more)

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The Comedy Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Comedians
The Comedy Bible: The Complete Resource for Aspiring Comedians
by Brian Mckim
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Readers who have both the ambition and the desire to get started on a career in comedy will find advice, information, and direction in this unusual new book. The authors--both successful standup comics--discuss the different forms of comedy and help... (read more)

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Rebellious Laughter: People's Humor in American Culture
Rebellious Laughter: People's Humor in American Culture
by Joseph Boskin
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Joseph Boskin changes the way we think about the ordinary joke and its connection to historical forces. Claiming that humor in America is a primary cultural weapon, Boskin surveys and analyzes the multitude of joke cycles that have swept the country... (read more)

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Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny
Mock Stars: Indie Comedy and the Dangerously Funny
by John Wenzel
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Mock Stars traces the evolution of indie comedy from the underground music circuit into mainstream America. Through candid interviews with major players, including David Cross, Patton Oswalt, Neil Hamburger, Maria Bamford, Fred Armisen, Aimee Mann, and... (read more)

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Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny
Hidden Tools of Comedy: The Serious Business of Being Funny
by Steve Kaplan
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While other books give you tips on how to “write funny,” this book offers a paradigm shift in understanding the mechanics and art of comedy, and the proven, practical tools that help writers translate that understanding into successful... (read more)

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The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater
The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater
by Mike Thomas
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Since its modest beginning in 1959, The Second City in Chicago has become a world-renowned bastion of hilarity. A training ground for many of todays top comedic talents—including Alan Arkin, Dan Aykroyd, Stephen Colbert, Tina Fey, Bill Murray... (read more)

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The Last Laugh: The World of Stand-Up Comics
The Last Laugh: The World of Stand-Up Comics
by Phil Berger
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The Last Laugh is the first and only book to take readers deep into the bizarre universe of the standup comic, from the classic years of Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and Shecky Greene, to today's comedy superstars. Phil Berger shows how styles and trends in... (read more)

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Made You Laugh!: The Funniest Moments in Radio, Television, Stand-Up, and Movie Comedy with DVD
Made You Laugh!: The Funniest Moments in Radio, Television, Stand-Up, and Movie Comedy with DVD
by Joe Garner
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What better way to recognize and honor America's funniest moments and greatest laugh artists than an insightful, anecdote-laden multimedia presentation that allows readers and viewers to fully experience the sharpest comedians throughout broadcast and... (read more)

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What Are You Laughing At?: A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event
What Are You Laughing At?: A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event
by Dan O'shannon
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If you're looking for a book that will teach you how to write comedy, we suggest you keep moving. You still have time to pick up a copy of Writing Big Yucks for Big Bucks before the store closes. However, if you want to understand the bigger picture... (read more)

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Comedy Writing Secrets : Best-selling Book on How To Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny, and Get Paid for It (2ND 05 Edition)
Comedy Writing Secrets : Best-selling Book on How To Think Funny, Write Funny, Act Funny, and Get Paid for It (2ND 05 Edition)
by Mel Helitzer
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The Only Handbook for Humor Writers What is comedy? Comedy is the art of making people laugh without making them puke. -Steve Martin Become the funniest person in the room With Comedy Writing Secrets, 2nd edition, you can master the fundamentals of humor... (read more)

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How to Be Funny: The One and Only Practical Guide for Every Occasion, Situation, and Disaster (No Kidding)
How to Be Funny: The One and Only Practical Guide for Every Occasion, Situation, and Disaster (No Kidding)
by Jon Macks
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An invaluable guide on how to "lighten up" from a distinguished pro who has provided laughs for JAY LENO, BILLY CRYSTAL, STEVE MARTIN, ROBIN WILLIAMS, BRAD GARRETT, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, AND MANY MORE. Who hasn't wished for the perfect withering comeback line,... (read more)

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Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers
Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers
by Mike Sacks
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A fascinating, laugh-out-loud funny look at the mysterious art of comedy, as told by legendary humorists from Amy Poehler to Mel Brooks What makes people laugh? How do you know if a joke will “click” with the audience? And how do you get a... (read more)

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Comedy Writing Step by Step: How to Write and Sell Your Sense of Humor
Comedy Writing Step by Step: How to Write and Sell Your Sense of Humor
by Gene Perret
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Three-time Emmy Award-winner Gene Perrets Comedy Writing Step by Step has been the manual for humor writers for 25 years. In this new book, his first update, Perret offers readers a treasure trove of guidelines and suggestions covering a broad range of... (read more)

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The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater
The Second City: Backstage at the World's Greatest Comedy Theater
by Sheldon Patinkin
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Hear (on 2 audio CDs – included): * John Belushi try to bluff his way through an oral exam to avoid the draft * Mike Myers as a Canadian border guard who "closes" Canada * Bonnie Hunt singing "Up, Up And Away" as an annoying "on-hold... (read more)

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That Was Satire That Was the Satire Boom
That Was Satire That Was the Satire Boom
by Humphrey Carpenter
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Work Hard and You Shall Be Rewarded: Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire
Work Hard and You Shall Be Rewarded: Urban Folklore from the Paperwork Empire
by Alan Dundes
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