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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...

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...

The Divine Comedy: Inferno, Purgatory, Paradise

by Dante Alighieri

The story of Dante's journey through the three realms of the dead, lasting from the night before Good Friday to the Wednesday after Easter in the spring of 1300. The Roman poet Virgil guides him through Hell...

Stand-Up Comedy: The Book

by Judy Carter

All the world loves a clown and whether you want to clown around at parties or make a living as a standup comic, comedian Judy Carter can show you how to "do" comedy.

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

by Judd Apatow


From the writer and director of Knocked Up and the producer of Freaks and Geeks comes a collection...

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: His Life and Times

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...

Pretty/Funny: Women Comedians and Body Politics

by Linda Mizejewski

Women in comedy have traditionally been pegged as either "pretty" or "funny." Attractive actresses with good comic timing such as Katherine Hepburn, Lucille Ball, and Julia Roberts have always gotten plum roles...

Laughing on the Outside

by Martin Knelman

Funny and gentle, John Candy was loved by millions of movie fans for playing true-to-life characters. Whether as the irrepressible bon vivant in Splash, the misunderstood slob in Uncle Buck, or the generous...

Boy's Evolution Theory Plus Vol. 1

by Toshiki Kusanagi

Sana Fujisaki and Naoki Fujisaki are practically twins, except for the fact that Naoki is Sana's father! Naoki just plays a fourteen-year-old on T.V. as the sensational idol Mizuki Aso.The relationship between...

The Gospel According to Monty Python

by Julian Doyle

THE GOSPEL ACCORDING TO MONTY PYTHON Who was the real Brian? Who was the real Jesus? Did the Romans build the Jerusalem Aqueduct? Were the Magi really wise? And were the Peoples Front of Judea, splitters? All...

Poking a Dead Frog: Conversations with Today's Top Comedy Writers

by Mike Sacks



Amy Poehler, Mel Brooks, Adam McKay, George Saunders, Bill Hader, Patton Oswalt, and many more take us deep inside the mysterious world of comedy...

Everything I Ever Needed to Know About _____* I Learned from Monty Python

by Brian Cogan, Ph.D. & Jeff Massey, Ph.D.

A comprehensive and hilarious guide to understanding the many Monty Python jokes and allusions

Throughout their five seasons on British television (and well into the troop's movie sequels and assorted solo projects),...

Ernie Kovacs & Early TV Comedy: Nothing in Moderation

by Andrew Horton

Among the pioneers of television, Ernie Kovacs was one of the most original and imaginative comedians. His zany, irreverent, and surprising humor not only entertained audiences throughout the 1950s and early...

Compass Points - Get Your Act Together: Writing A Stand-up Comedy Routine

by Jenny Roche

Get Your Act Together is a book for anyone who wants to be serious about becoming a stand-up comic and wants to do it well.

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...

Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream

by William Shakespeare & Arthur Rackham

Shakespeare's romantic comedy takes on vivid life with these brilliant images by one of the 20th century's leading illustrators. Includes the complete play, along with 40 full-color and numerous black-and-white...

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.

An Enemy of the People

by Henrik Ibsen

A successful entrepreneur Stockmann, a popular citizen of a small coastal town turned into a villain as he discovers that the town's source of pride and income is contaminated. The town has invested a large...

The Master Builder

by Henrik Ibsen

Halvard Solness is the middle-aged Master Builder of a small town in Norway who has become a successful architect of some distinction and local reputation. One day while having a visit from his friend Doctor...