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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


Cosby

by Mark Whitaker

The first major biography of an American icon, comedian Bill Cosby. Based on extensive research and in-depth interviews with Cosby and more than sixty of his closest friends and associates, it is a frank, fun...


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 Comedy Bible: From Stand-up to Sitcom--The Comedy Writer's Ultimate "How To" Guide

by Judy Carter

Judy Carter, guru to aspiring comedy writers and stand-up comics, tells all about the biz of being funny and writing funny in this bright, entertaining, and totally practical guide on how to draw humor from...


Dangerously Funny

by David Bianculli

An unprecedented behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour -- the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever...


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.


Crash and Burn

by Artie Lange & Anthony Bozza

Veteran comedian Artie Lange turns an unflinching eye and his signature wit on his perilous descent into drug addiction, life-threatening depression, and ultimately, his recovery, in the follow-up to his hilariously...


Dirty Daddy

by Bob Saget

Millions of viewers know and love Bob Saget from his role as the sweetly neurotic father on the smash hit Full House, and as the charming wisecracking host of America's Funniest Home Videos. And then there are...


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...


Great Apes

by Patrick Marmion & Will Self

“I want my life back now. Feel human again. Homo erectus.”

When Turner Prize-winning artist Simon Dykes wakes up one morning after a wild night out, he finds his world has changed beyond recognition. His...


The Treeponsis

by Yvonne Lehman

The Treeponsis is the story of a princess from Dontave Castle in the ancient Elderwood who becomes trapped by an ancient curse that turns her into a tree. In fact, she becomes the last tree in all the realms....


The Dmv . . . Asleep at the Wheel

by Mariam Noujaim

Everyone in the world knows DMV means poor service. Now you can get an inside look at what creates that culture of: Its not my money, I dont care. Mariam, The Mighty, immigrated to America leaving behind a culture...


The Imperfection of Being

by Dave Burke

Peter Smith sets about his normal daily routine only to find his day, his world and his whole life turned upside down as a series of rather unfortunate events; unravel around him. Unfortunately for them he also...


Crazy Janitors

by Ruth Toby

Cathy and Rick are the owners of a janitorial company. Their employees are ruining homes and annoying their employers. Janitor Fat John eats the oysters, a treat for Mrs. Schmitts daughter. In another house,...


One Good Knight with the President’S Daughter

by D. S. Carroll

One Good Knight with the Presidents Daughter features a collision of indignant Ivy Leaguers with a crooked alumnus worth four billion dollars. The title refers to Joe Knight, the editor of a subversive campus...


Coincidence

by Chris Tate

CHRIS TATE Coincidence George and Stephanie thought that life couldn't get any better after experiencing a coincidence that changed their lives forever. But a series of coincidences that occurred soon after...


Plankton Soup

by Grant Sutton

In Plankton Soup (Second Helpings) Sutton has fused recurring themes such as Life, death, religion, war, romance, sociology, sexual orientation, mythology, genitalia, science fiction, vaudeville theatre, politics...


The Smart Aleck Chronicles Ii

by Mike Robertson

The original Smart Aleck Chronicles was published to little, if any notice in 2007. As noted in the preface to that volume, it had neither plot or identifiable structure, its intended purpose being to present...


Cows on the Freeway

by G. Murray Thomas

pCows on the Freeway is a collection of poems inspired by the ocean and freeways of Southern California. These poems were polished in performances on stages as diverse as Lollapalooza, The Whiskey, National...