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A Vulgar Art: A New Approach to Stand-Up Comedy

by Ian Brodie

The first examination of stand-up comedy through the lens of folklore


Between Us Girls :  Everything You Need To Know Before You Drop Your Panties

by Alessandra Cifali Basher

A play that sheds a fun but informative light on the serious topics of teenage sex and sexually-transmitted infections. Five 16-year-old girls discuss virginity, the differences between boys and girls, masturbation,...


The Italian Comedy

by Pierre Louis Duchartre

Illustrated history of the beginnings, growth and influence of the commedia dell’ arte. Describes improvisations, staging, marks, scenarios, acting troupes, and origins.


We Killed

by Yael Kohen

No matter how many times female comedians buck the conventional wisdom, people continue to ask: "Are women funny?" The question has been nagging at women off and on (mostly on) for the past sixty years. It's...


The Runaway Bride: Hollywood Romantic Comedy of the 1930s

by Elizabeth Kendall

Kendall's examination of classic comedies from It Happened One Night to The Lady Eve -and the comediennes who starred in them-reveals what these films said about America during the Depression and how they helped...


I Love Her, That's Why!

by George Burns & Cynthia Hobart Lindsay

I Love Her, That's Why! first published in 1955, is an entertaining look at the earlier life and career of comedian George Burns and his wife Gracie Allen. From humble beginnings in New York, Burns and Allen...


Girl Logic

by Iliza Shlesinger & Mayim Bialik

From breakout stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger comes a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on the secret genius of irrational behavior.

Have you ever been pissed because you're not pretty...


The Daily Show (The Book)

by Chris Smith & Jon Stewart

The complete, uncensored history of the award-winning The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, as told by its correspondents, writers, and host.

For almost seventeen years, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart brilliantly...


Young Frankenstein: A Mel Brooks Book

by Mel Brooks & Judd Apatow

Mel Brooks' own words telling all about the players, the filming, and studio antics during the production of this great comedy classic. The book is alive and teeming with hundreds of photos, original interviews,...


Al Franken, Giant of the Senate

by Al Franken

From Senator Al Franken - #1 bestselling author and beloved SNL alum -- comes the story of an award-winning comedian who decided to run for office and then discovered why award-winning comedians tend not to...


Is This Guy For Real?

by Brian "Box" Brown

2019 Eisner Award Winner for Best Reality-Based Work

Comedian and performer Andy Kaufman's resume was impressive--a popular role on the beloved sitcom Taxi, a high-profile stand-up career, and a surprisingly...


Arms and the Man

by Bernard Shaw

Arms and the Man is a play by George Bernard Shaw, whose title comes from the opening words of Virgil's Aeneid, in Latin: Arma virumque cano ("Of arms and the man I sing").

This comedy was first produced...


Worst Laid Plans

by Alexandra Lydon & Laura Kindred

“When bad sex happens to good people, there is no recourse like full disclosure,” is the motto of Worst Laid Plans, a collection of forty probably-too-intimate, but shockingly funny, true-life tales of...


The Wes Anderson Collection

by Matt Zoller Seitz, Max Dalton & Michael Chabon

This New York Times bestselling overview of Wes Anderson's filmography features previously unpublished behind-the-scenes photos, artwork, and ephemera, with an introduction by Michael Chabon.

Writer/director...


Fanny's First Play

by George Bernard Shaw

Fanny's First Play by George Bernard Shaw. Fanny's First Play is a 1911 play by George Bernard Shaw. It was first performed as an anonymous piece, the authorship of which was to be kept secret. However, critics...


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

As you like it is a five-act pastoral comedy by Shakespeare, written in verse and prose between 1599 and early 1600 and published for the first time in 1623. The work, based on the novel Rosalynde by Thomas...


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

As you like it is a five-act pastoral comedy by Shakespeare, written in verse and prose between 1599 and early 1600 and published for the first time in 1623. The work, based on the novel Rosalynde by Thomas...


Candida

by George Bernard Shaw

Candida by George Bernard Shaw. The Reverend Morell, a socialist preacher, brings a penniless young poet, Eugene Marchbanks, into his home, which is dominated by his fascinating wife, Candida. With its single...


As You Like It

by William Shakespeare

As you like it is a five-act pastoral comedy by Shakespeare, written in verse and prose between 1599 and early 1600 and published for the first time in 1623. The work, based on the novel Rosalynde by Thomas...


The Alchemist

by Ben Jonson

The comedy “The Alchemist” is written by a playwright, Ben Jonson. This play was first staged in 1610 in king’s men theatre. "The 

 Alchemist" is generally considered as one of the most characteristic...