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SKYLIGHT BOOKS and CINEFAMILY present KLIPH NESTEROFF discusses his new book THE COMEDIANS: DRUNKS, THIEVES, SCOUNDRELS AND THE HISTORY OF AMERICAN COMEDY

The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy (Grove Press)

Skylight Books and Cinefamily are proud to present a launch event for Kliph Nesteroff's new book The Comedians.  NOTE: This event will be held at Cinefamily and tickets are required for entry. TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE HERE

In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years. 

Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian, an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian's primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy's part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.

Praise for The Comedians

"Comedy buffs and social historians will forever be in Kliph Nesteroff's debt for this book. A heady mixture of show-business anecdotes, gossip, and in-depth research on everything from vaudeville to podcasting. What's more, it's a great read: I couldn't put it down."--Leonard Maltin 

"Comedy tends to disappear, either into the boozy corners of a night club, or onto countless lost videotapes of TV variety shows that may never even make it to Netflix. That's what makes The Comedians so essential. No one charts the connections between the Jewy-old-masters of the TV age of comedy to the gay woman telling jokes into your ear right now on a podcast quite like him."--John Hodgman

"This guy is really brilliant. And he is devoted to the things I love--to the art of comedy."--Mel Brooks 

"I was completely enchanted with his writing. . . . Please go read his stuff. It's awesome."--Marc Maron

"I became familiar with the work of Kliph Nesteroff several years ago. He is a writer of unique ability, producing, original material that stands far above the pack."--Zach Galifianakis 

"Nesteroff's ability to bring unknown and fascinating insights to the forefront is impressive--while doing so in an extremely captivating and literate manner."--Mike Sacks

"Our favorite pop culture historians."--A.V. Club, "The Onion" 

"His writing, his researching, and his ability to tackle any topic are brilliant. I would venture to say he is a true American original, but as it turns out, he is Canadian."--Guy Nicolucci

Event date: 
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 - 7:30pm
Event address: 
Cinefamily
611 N Fairfax Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90036
The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy Cover Image
$28.00
ISBN: 9780802123985
Availability: Not in stock. Available To Order.
Published: Grove Press - November 3rd, 2015