Laughter in the Living Room

Laughter in the Living Room

For more than fifty years some very funny people have been entering American homes through television's big picture window.

Author: Michael Tueth

Publisher: Peter Lang

ISBN: 0820468452

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 241

View: 570

For more than fifty years some very funny people have been entering American homes through television's big picture window. From Lucy and Uncle Miltie, to Archie Bunker and Marge Simpson, certain comic stars of television history have become not just cultural icons, but friends of the family. This comprehensive study of the most successful television comedies - including domestic sitcoms, workplace comedies, variety shows, late-night comedy, animated comedy, and more - reveals that, unlike the comedy found in film, on stage, in comedy clubs and concert halls, television's presentation of comic characters and stories must negotiate a relationship with the more privatized and value-laden environment of each American home that it enters.
Categories: Performing Arts

Reeling with Laughter

Reeling with Laughter

He is the author of Laughter in the Living Room: Television Comedy and the
American Home Audience (2005). He has conducted numerous courses and
workshops on comedy and its relationship to changes in social attitudes. Having
taught ...

Author: Michael V. Tueth

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810883680

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 228

View: 308

Film comedy has been around as long as cinema itself. Over the years, particular forms of the genre have emerged, evolved, and spawned other branches of comedy. While these subgenres may vary in their approach to humor, all of them have the same goal: amusing audiences. In Reeling with Laughter: American Film Comedies—From Anarchy to Mockumentary, Michael V. Tueth examines some of the most enjoyable comic movies of all time. Beginning with the anarchic romp Duck Soup (1933), each chapter explores a specific subgenre through a representative film. Along with the Marx Brothers’ classic, other subgenres discussed in this volume include romantic comedy (It Happened One Night), screwball comedy (Bringing Up Baby and What’s Up, Doc?), musical comedy (Singin’ in the Rain), sex farce (Some Like It Hot), satire (Dr. Strangelove), parody (Young Frankenstein), neurotic comedy (Annie Hall), Dionysian comedy (Animal House), mockumentary (Waiting for Guffman), and animated comedy (South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut). In this volume, Tueth provides the background of each film’s production and discusses their audience reception, critical appraisal, and the qualities that have characterized these enduring works. Reeling with Laughter will appeal to film students, as well as the general public eager to revisit these great American films.
Categories: Performing Arts

With Love and Laughter John Ritter

With Love and Laughter  John Ritter

hadn't bargained for was how much living in New York would blow John's mind.
... under the covers when I heard a lot of noises emanating from the living room:
Tyler's horrified scream, squealing, laughter, more laughter... and more laughter.

Author: Amy Yasbeck

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1439150567

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 272

View: 559

With Love and Laughter is actress Amy Yasbeck’s most enduring memory of the life she shared with her husband, John Ritter. He was one of America’s most popular and beloved film and television actors. We welcomed him into our homes weekly with his Emmy Award–winning portrayal of Jack Tripper on Three’s Company and his hit comedy 8 Simple Rules for Dating My Teenage Daughter. On September 11, 2003, John Ritter’s death from an undiagnosed aortic dissection, at the age of fifty-four, shocked and saddened not only his family and friends but also his millions of fans around the world. In this celebration of the life she shared with John, Yasbeck gives an emotionally honest account of navigating the shock and heartbreak of her family’s sudden loss. She honors his memory by recounting the lessons learned from her husband and his unique approach to life. She encourages us to enrich our own lives, as John did, by joyfully acknowledging our connectedness to one another. The tragedy of his untimely and avoidable death holds its own valuable lessons: life-saving ones. In 2007, John’s brother, Tom, empowered with the correct information about aortic aneurysm and dissection’s familial link, was properly diagnosed and his aneurysm was treated successfully. Knowing who is genetically at risk for this condition enables us all to avoid being blindsided by this insidious and often deadly disease. Here is an account of Yasbeck’s call to action for the public and medical community alike, culminating in the formation of the John Ritter Foundation for Aortic Health and the Ritter Rules. In this powerful memoir Amy Yasbeck shares her deeply personal and ultimately hopeful journey of surviving the devastating loss of her husband. Yasbeck looks back with anecdotes and memories from both John’s life and her own. Here are the unforgettable times she shared with a man who was adored for finding humor in everyday encounters, never failing to energize and entertain everyone around him. His philosophy was summed up by his favorite autograph for his fans, With Love and Laughter, John Ritter. Amy Yasbeck’s powerful story reminds us that love never dies . . . and the laughter doesn’t have to end. AMY YASBECK WITH LOVE AND LAUGHTER, John Ritter
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Kisdadee Girl

Kisdadee Girl

But the continuing laughter from the living room was like a magnet. Why couldn't
my parents be so lighthearted all the time? I glanced at the kitchen clock; Mummy
hadn't even remembered Confession! I dawdled by the cooler. A determined fly ...

Author: Maggie Harris

Publisher: HopeRoad

ISBN: 9781908446114

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 220

View: 999

Powerful forces surge through British Guiana as it transforms into independent Guyana. Margaret must navigate her own independence. Scottish, Portuguese, African: all and none of these, this teenager of the emergent Caribbean learns seduction Hollywood-style, but she belongs to more than a century of transgressions. She kisses forbidden faces, the living colours of colonial history. Love and loss come home to her in two men of the river.;When Margaret is just fifteen, her father dies. A little later, she packs up her dreams, leaves her riverman and makes the Atlantic crossing. But the spirits of her old geography keep whispering.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Laughter Salad

Laughter Salad

She expected me to be very attentive, and I found myself sitting up a little
straighter, pen poised and ready to take ... The adjacent wall could house a
window, which would provide more light in the living room, the hallway, and the

Author: Kimberly Ann Borin, Edd

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9781475937534

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 204

View: 106

Stories define our experiences and connect us to our global community. In "Laughter Salad," author Dr. Kimberly Ann Borin narrates the moments that have defined her life as an athlete, teacher, counselor, and traveler a mixture of laughter and nourishment. In this collection of inspirational true stories and playful art, Borin shares vignettes and times of synchronicity, serendipity, and miracles that bring us closer to our heart s desires reminders that we are exactly where we need to be. Including tales of her travels around the world, "Laughter Salad" tells of Borin riding her bicycle across the United States, running a fifty-mile race, healing from a concussion, and learning how to be a performance artist. Funny, sincere, humbling, and comforting, Borin s experiences remind us that we are precious and that we each have a gift to bring to the world. Through the stories told, "Laughter Salad" communicates that our journeys matter, and that along the way we offer gifts to make the world a better, brighter place."
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Storm Mountain

Storm Mountain

Yes, Dad had loved to laugh, and play, especially with his only daughter. When
Cat was little, their ... Soon all six of the Taylors would be rolling and wrestling
and laughing on the living room floor, one big happy family. Hot tears welled up
in ...

Author: Tom Birdseye

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781497645936

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 137

View: 365

Cat Taylor is furious when her cousin steals her father’s ashes to scatter on the mountain—but when they get caught in a blizzard, can the two work together to survive? Cat Taylor’s father and uncle, a famous search-and-rescue team, died on Storm Mountain two years ago, and Cat and her mother still can’t seem to move on. When her mom goes away on business for the weekend, Cat thinks she has the house to herself—until her cousin Ty suddenly shows up at her door, claiming his dad visited him in a dream and told him to scatter the two brothers’ ashes at the mountain’s summit. Cat refuses; how can Ty ask her to let go of her dad? But when she wakes up the next morning, Cat discovers that Ty has gone to Storm Mountain—and he took her father’s ashes with him. Determined to stop Ty before he does something crazy, Cat races up the mountain after him. But when a huge snowstorm rolls in and traps them, Cat and Ty realize they could be in more danger than they ever imagined.
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

Living Room Lectures

Living Room Lectures

51 The producers of all the television programs analyzed here felt some
ambivalence about laugh tracks , justifying their placement by their parallel to “
real ” laughter . Eugene Rodney was by all accounts opposed to the inclusion of
a laugh ...

Author: Nina C. Leibman


ISBN: UOM:39015034426125

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 338

View: 417

Nina Leibman analyzes many feature films and dozens of TV situation comedy episodes from 1954 to 1963 to find surprising commonalities in their representations of the family.
Categories: Performing Arts

Love and Laughter

Love and Laughter

After living in a rented room for several months he ran out of money and joined
me and my two young children in a tiny three-room apartment over a store. We
had moved in one sunny afternoon, unaware that a huge commercial sign
attached ...

Author: Rose Esther Fox

Publisher: iUniverse

ISBN: 9780595458561

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 176

View: 684

Brimming with humor, warmth, and candid memories, Love and Laughter pays tribute to marriage and togetherness. In this poignant memoir, Rose E. Fox honors her relationship with Ken Fox, her late husband, and offers an intimate look at their friendship and love, as well as their vulnerabilities, trust, and devotion to each other. When Rose and Ken first met more than fifty-five years ago, they shared similar backgrounds, but their personalities were nothing alike, and their relationship faced inevitable challenges. Here, Rose looks back on their time together-from their first blissful years, to their sometimes rocky relationship, to the final days of Ken's life as he succumbed to a twelve-year battle with prostrate cancer at age seventy-six. Anyone in a marriage-and anyone who has suffered the loss of a true love-will be heartened and uplifted by this timeless love story, which captures a full range of emotions and celebrates the kind of courage, commitment, and spirit it takes to make a relationship last and thrive.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Fun and Laughter on our Summer Holiday

Fun and Laughter on our Summer Holiday

As we entered the front door, we made our way right to the living room. Behind
the lounge was the mauve bedroom Elvis gave to his parents, Vernon and
Gladys Presley. Then we turned back to see the dining room across the hall
opposite the ...

Author: Eileen Edwards

Publisher: Author House

ISBN: 9781467886093

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 612

View: 313

"Fun And Laughter On A Summer Holiday" continues to show Eileen's amazing observation and her keenness to learn as much as possible about each place she is to visit. Reading about each day is a joy. One day you will be crying with the emotion expressed, but then this will soon be followed with laughter. You will be laughing out loud with Eileen's unique sense of humor.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

Every Living Thing

Every Living Thing

As I leaped tomy feetand hopped around in agony mysonand daughter
shriekedwith laughter and Dinah set up a joyousbarking to ... The big sitting room
whereI hadread the bedtime stories and where, before allthat, Siegfried, Tristan
andI had ...

Author: James Herriot

Publisher: Pan Macmillan

ISBN: 9781447224297

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 384

View: 723

The fifth volume of memoirs from the author who inspired the BBC series All Creatures Great and Small During his decades spent as a country vet in Yorkshire, James Herriot has seen huge advances in medical science, technological leaps, and a world irrevocably changed by war. Yet some things have always stayed the same – gruff farmers, hypochondriac pet owners, and animals that never do quite what you expect them to. From a green young man in his first job in the 1930s, to an experienced veterinary surgeon, married with two children, James has spent his entire career among the people and animals of Darrowby. And there’s nowhere else he’d rather be. Since they were first published, James Herriot’s memoirs have sold millions of copies and entranced generations of animal lovers. Charming, funny and touching, Every Living Thing is a heart-warming story of determination, love and companionship from one of Britain’s best-loved authors.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography

The Goddess in the Living Room

The Goddess in the Living Room

The people standing nearby cackle with laughter. However, the sound doesn't fall
on Letchumi's ears. Like Abhimanyu, would my child also not know how to come
out into the world and be trapped inside? she thought. She feels breathless.

Author: Latha

Publisher: Epigram Books

ISBN: 9789814615150

Category: Fiction

Page: 167

View: 358

Translated from Tamil to English, the book begins with the story of Alyssa, who is left with her grandparents on Pulau Ubin as a child and her experience with devastating loss as an adult. Among other stories: A grandmother whose final wish is to carry the kavadi, a wife who wonders if her role is simply to cook for her family according to their needs and desires and a filial daughter caring for her terminally ill mother. The Goddess in the Living Room is a collection of short stories where the voices of Tamil women in Singapore are given a powerful outlet by Latha.
Categories: Fiction

Nathalie Sarraute and the Feminist Reader

Nathalie Sarraute and the Feminist Reader

As Father, Children, and Friend sit together in the living room, the Friend gets up
to admire a statue sitting on the mantel. ... As the novel opens, the two Gentlemen
are together in the living room, but the laughter from upstairs continually ...

Author: Sarah Barbour

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 0838752357

Category: Social Science

Page: 298

View: 972

Situated at an intersection of feminist critical practice in the United States and feminist cultural theory in France, Nathalie Sarraute and the Feminist Reader is an investigation of the way in which this French New Novelist's first eight works, in their increasing dramatization of the issue of reading, problematize certain feminist literary analyses, especially in relation to "l'ecriture feminine." After an exploration of the difficulty Sarraute's writing poses for the critical enterprise through a lengthy reading of Sarrautien criticism in the U.S. and France, Sarah Barbour shows how Sarraute's works eventually prohibit any fixed reading and open up instead a space in which we as readers are moved toward a more personal understanding of our use of narrative and of socio-sexual constructs in the continual, day-to-day constitution and reconstitution of subjectivity. Nathalie Sarraute conceives of the evolution of the novel as a movement through history and thus situates her work within a tradition of psychological realism at the same time that she proposes radical innovations of the tradition. Her novels do not discard or revise past works but rather internalize them in an effort to expand the notion of what is possible for psychological realism. This study takes as its model Sarraute's example of simultaneity, which invites an understanding of time both as a diachronic movement through "phases,": from the psychological realism of Dostoyevski to that of Kafka to her own, and as a synchronic encounter that elicits simultaneous relationships to different "phases." Within the movement of feminist literary criticism scholars have often discerned what are also referred to as "phases;" that is, criticism in the United States has moved from its initial concern with images of women in fiction by male writers to a desire to establish a feminine tradition of women's writing. Nathalie Sarraute and the Feminist Reader is not an attempt to claim that Sarraute's work represents "ecriture feminine." Reading Sarraute's novels in their "evolution," Sarah Barbour has found that they forced her own reading and understanding of this term to "evolve." She therefore proposes that the novels open up a space that is beyond the frozen shells of gender, which continue to bind women and men personally and critically. The power of Sarraute's work lies in the solitary experience of our encounter with her presentation and perception of reality. In this encounter we are forced to experience the fluid nature of subjectivity; that is, to internalize and explore differences within personal and sexual identity that, by extension, affect the identity of larger political movements.
Categories: Social Science

I m Not Butter Chicken

I m Not Butter Chicken

The tongue which had danced itself to exhaustion. Voices. Voices again.
Punctuated with laughter this time. Laughter? ... Even her parents, unaware and
uncaring of her despair were sitting downstairs in their living room and laughing.

Author: Paro Anand

Publisher: Roli Books Private Limited

ISBN: 9788174369017

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 99

View: 501

'I'm not butter chicken, you can't order me!'. Not a very wise thing to shout at your dad. But then, that's teenagers for you: so un-wise, yet breathtakingly brilliant, all at the same time. Growing up in a changing world, coping in a fallible world. The stormy years, the funny, wise, heart-wrenching years.The precious years, the bandar years, the wonder years. Teen stories, heart-breakingly wise, because they are so true.
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

A Soul to Keep

A Soul to Keep

Startled, the doctor jolted out of bed and into the living room to investigate. upon
entering the living room and fully ... away from entering his room when he heard
the unmistakable sound of a person laughing coming from the living room.

Author: Christopher L. Haefner

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465327338

Category: Fiction

Page: 355

View: 757

Book Summary of The Cuz Bounded by truth, The Cuz, highlights the diabolical life of James Cuzze as told through the inculcations of Dr. Christopher Haefner. The doctor had always endeavored to help him before it was too late. But then James is killed! The doctor is devastated. As a prominent psychiatrist he knows that if he could have helped James he could have helped anybody. Had he succeeded he could have considered himself a brilliant physician. Now he would never know. But would he? Ten years after his death James returns-in ghostly form! Little by little he exacts his purposes into the doctors life by purporting to his exasperated friend that he has come back only to help him. James has nothing to reconcile with as the doctor does and he shows him in ways which were like him, wildly wicked. From the first encounter until last the doctors life is blasted towards a final enlightenment!
Categories: Fiction

A Random Interruption Surviving Breast Cancer with Laughter Vodka Smoothies and an Attitude

A Random Interruption  Surviving Breast Cancer with Laughter  Vodka  Smoothies and an Attitude

The ceiling in the living room and the ceiling in the basement were partially down
, the master bedroom hall was wet, the office was trashed, the bar in the
basement was trashed, and our beautiful kitchen and library cabinets were

Author: Suzanne Zaccone

Publisher: Xlibris Corporation

ISBN: 9781465330635

Category: Medical

Page: 499

View: 764

Suzanne Zaccone, one of Americas most influential entrepreneurs, strips naked with a feisty and clear-eyed story of how she loses her breast and fights to get it back. Zaccone writes with an iron grip on the details, and reveals the secrets of cancer patients that are taboo and lost in translation. A Random Interruption is equipped with a dictionary of the language of breast cancer and a list of provocative questions to ask the doctors. World-renowned plastic and reconstructive surgeon Dr. David Song adds a medical perspective to the book with a Doctors Corner. Raw and unflinching, Zaccones story is the stuff of other womens livesof mothers and daughters and sisters, and of the sisterhood that forms when women are united in battle against a common enemy. Dense, atmospheric and written with spectacular wit and style, A Random Interruption is a literary tour de force. All proceeds from this book will go to the Breast Cancer Center at the University of Chicago.
Categories: Medical

Never Come Back

Never Come Back

As I walked down the hallway, the prescription bottle in my hand, I heard faint
laughter from the living room. It was Ronnie and Paul laughing. Together. I came
to the end of the hallway and stood in the doorway. Paul saw the look on my face.

Author: David Bell

Publisher: Penguin

ISBN: 9781101604847

Category: Fiction

Page: 448

View: 643

When her mother is murdered, a woman is propelled into a twisted world of danger and double lives in this gripping psychological thriller from the bestselling author of Since She Went Away and Cemetery Girl. Leslie Hampton always cared for her troubled son Ronnie’s special needs and assumed that her daughter Elizabeth would take him in when the time came. When Leslie dies unexpectedly, Elizabeth is consumed by grief. Then police discover that Leslie was strangled, and they immediately suspect that one of Ronnie’s outbursts took a tragic turn. Elizabeth can’t believe that her brother is capable of murder, but who else could have had a motive to kill their quiet, retired mother? More questions arise when a stranger is named in Leslie’s will: a woman also named Elizabeth. As the family’s secrets unravel, a man from Leslie’s past who claims to have all the answers shows up, but those answers might put Elizabeth and those she loves the most in mortal danger. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Categories: Fiction

Imperfect Chemistry

Imperfect Chemistry

I don't have a dishwasher. Laughter from the living room makes me look over the
counter. Bethany and Ted are arguing about something again and making
Jensen laugh. “That's okay. I had fun.” I'm surprised to discover I'm speaking the

Author: Mary Frame

Publisher: Mary Frame

ISBN: 9781495473180

Category: Fiction

Page: 198

View: 637

Lucy London puts the word genius to shame. Having obtained her PhD in microbiology by the age of twenty, she's amassed a wealth of knowledge, but one subject still eludes her—people. The pendulum of passions experienced by those around her both confuses and intrigues her, so when she’s offered a grant to study emotion as a pathogen, she jumps on the opportunity. When her attempts to come up with an actual experiment quickly drop from lackluster to nonexistent, she’s given a choice: figure out how to conduct a groundbreaking study on passion, or lose both the grant and her position at the university. Put on leave until she can crack the perfect proposal, she finds there’s only one way she can study emotions—by experiencing them herself. Enter Jensen Walker, Lucy's neighbor and the one person on the planet she finds strangely and maddeningly appealing. Jensen's life is the stuff of campus legend, messy, emotional, complicated—in short, the perfect starting point for Lucy's study. When her tenaciousness wears him down and he consents to help her, sparks fly. To her surprise, Lucy finds herself battling with her own emotions, as foreign as they are intense. With the clock ticking on her deadline, Lucy must decide what's more important: analyzing her passions...or giving in to them?
Categories: Fiction

Strange Nervous Laughter

Strange Nervous Laughter

Whenever he had to be in the same room as his parents, the space between
them bristled with all the things they had not ... some time – sitting on the edge of
the couch in the living room, brimming with excitement, their eyes unnaturally

Author: Bridget McNulty

Publisher: Macmillan

ISBN: 9781429969628

Category: Fiction

Page: 256

View: 519

You'll not find six more remarkable characters: a cashier-turnedmotivational speaker, an undertaker with a toenail fetish, a girl wrapped in dreams, a man who communicates with whales, a garbage man with a peculiar sense of smell, and a Guinness Book of World Records representative. When a random holdup at a local grocery brings them together, their once separate lives intertwine in a humorous blend of lyricism, whimsy and wit. This is a rare book about what love does to us, how our lives are changed by being in love—and the odd ways in which we sometimes behave. Up-and-coming novelist McNulty shows herself to be a writer to watch.
Categories: Fiction

The Women s Room

The Women s Room

Mine's been working fine ever since the day it vomited soapsuds all the way into
the living room.' Laughter. 'Oh, okay. Sure. Well, if you need it ... yes, right. No,
listen, it's my turn to drive them and it's okay because I have to go out anyway.

Author: Marilyn French

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748132140

Category: Fiction

Page: 544

View: 615

A landmark in feminist literature, THE WOMEN'S ROOM is a biting social commentary of a world gone silently haywire. Written in the 1970s but with profound resonance today, this is a modern allegory that offers piercing insight into the social norms accepted blindly and revered so completely. 'Today's "desperate housewives" eat your heart out! This is the original and still the best, a page-turner that makes you think. Essential reading' Kate Mosse 'They said this book would change lives - and it certainly changed mine' Jenni Murray 'Reading THE WOMEN'S ROOM was an intense and wonderful experience. It is in my DNA' Kirsty Wark 'THE WOMEN'S ROOM took the lid off a seething mass of women's frustrations, resentments and furies; it was about the need to change things from top to bottom; it was a declaration of independence' OBSERVER
Categories: Fiction

Love Light and Laughter

Love  Light and Laughter

She devoted herself to the small things that make life worth living . Everyone who
... I covered the domed ceiling of the living room with multicolored glitter ,
troweled spackle onto the walls of the kitchen and peaked Monte Farber & Amy

Author: Monte Farber

Publisher: Red Wheel

ISBN: 1590030079

Category: Self-Help

Page: 224

View: 296

Part autobiography, part self-help, and part laugh-out-loud hoot, this is no ordinary relationship book. No matter whether you want to change, end, or start a creative, intimate relationship, this book gives tons of true-life tips for putting your partnership first and making it work. It's no secret that sharing stories is a way to teach others what you know. In Love, Light, and Laughter, Monte Farber and Amy Zerner share the story of their remarkable union, along with more than 26 secrets for an enchanted relationship.
Categories: Self-Help