Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American and Jones the confidence man - these are the 'comedians' of Graham Greene's title. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life.
Author: Graham Greene
Publisher: Random House
WITH AN INTRODUCTION BY PAUL THEROUX Three men meet on a ship bound for Haiti, a world in the grip of the corrupt 'Papa Doc' and the Tontons Macoute, his sinister secret police. Brown the hotelier, Smith the innocent American and Jones the confidence man - these are the 'comedians' of Graham Greene's title. Hiding behind their actors' masks, they hesitate on the edge of life. And, to begin with, they are men afraid of love, afraid of pain, afraid of fear itself...
. . This book is a real treat.” —Merrill Markoe, TheWall Street Journal
Author: Kliph Nesteroff
Publisher: Open Road + Grove/Atlantic
Category: Performing Arts
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.
Even More Old Jewish Comediansisthe third(and final)volume of my illustrated books paying tribute toold Jewish comedians (OJCs),comediennes,comics,comicactors,clowns,tummlers and yentas.IfI've learned anything fromworking on these three ...
Author: Drew Friedman
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
Master caricaturist/portraitist Drew Friedman’s spectacular visual tribute to―well, old Jewish comedians―returns with a third and concluding installment that throws its net a bit wider to include a few women (Olive Oyl voice Mae Questel, Ed Sullivan show regular Jean Carroll, and The Rise of the Goldbergs creator Gertrude Goldberg); a handful of more contemporary figures (Richard Belzer, whoseLaw & Order: SVU gig has eclipsed his stand-up comedy, and Welcome Back, Kotter’s Gabe Kaplan); and pop-culture legends (Prof. Irwin Corey, legendary Warner Bros. voice artist Mel Blanc), plus among others Marty Ingels, Fyvush Finkel, Gary Morton, Sam Levenson, Bobby Remsen, Max Patkin, Marvin Kaplan, Norm Crosby, Sammy Shore, Joey Adams, Lou Jacobi, and Sid James. It’s a heaping pastrami sandwich of gloriously liver-spotted, wrinkled personalities, that will appeal to anyone who likes old people, Jews, or comedians.
On April 2nd, 1986, comedian Tommy Moore was told he might never stand onstage again. Since then, he’s done over 3,500 shows, speeches, and seminars at Comedy Clubs, Casinos, Cruise Ships, Colleges, Corporations, Churches, Synagogues, Resort Hotels, and on Radio and TV. A true survivor and maybe the real last comic standing, this book tells the story of how advice from comedy giants nursed him back to physical and emotional health. Look what the media has said about comedian Tommy Moore: “Pennsylvania’s Premiere Comedy Performer.” – Larry Wilde, Bantam Press “The man knows his craft, and it shows!” – Gail Shister, The Philadelphia Inquirer “A Million Dollar Comic, with an act suitable for the whole family, a flair for the off-beat, and a habit of involving the audience.” – Jack Lloyd, The Philadelphia Inquirer “A loveable comic” – Jim Knight, Philadelphia Daily News “Tommy has a suitcase full of material” – Stu Bykofsky, Philadelphia Daily News “Tommy Moore puts the FUN back in FUNNY” – Beth D’Adonno, The Times “Moore’s humor is upbeat and optimistic.” – Linda Riley, Delaware County Times “A performer who knows no bounds in his outlook.” – Fran Carpentier, Parade Magazine Learn more at www.profcomedy.com
A BOOK Foreword by Larry Gelbart More More Old Jewish Comedians “Drew Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt” —The New York Times Book Review “Drew Friedman might very well be the Vermeer of the Borscht Belt” —The ...
Author: Drew Friedman
Publisher: Fantagraphics Books
Category: Comics & Graphic Novels
This comical collection of of Jewish comedian portraiture is a sequel to 2006's wildly successful Old Jewish Comedians, which earned Friedman raves from Jerry Lewis, Howard Stern, The Believer,Entertainment Weekly and many more, and earned Friedman his own roast at New York's legendary Friar's Club. This all-new collection includes the famous (Woody Allen, Carl Reiner, Joan Rivers, Mel Brooks, Soupy Sales, etc.), the not-so-famous (Jerry Stiller, Zeppo & Gummo Marx, Larry Storch, Zero Mostel, etc.) and the largely unknown (Molly Picon, Herbie Faye, Jan Milton, etc.). The Reuben Award-winning Friedman, one of the great caricaturists of his age, presents a thorough visual history of the 20th Century's greatest Borscht-Belt comedians.
In Greene's world, power is one of the many disguises of evil, and in The Comedians the fear engendered by power becomes the device by which the question of innocence is forced into prominence. The fact of the matter is that Greene in ...
Author: Harry John Mooney
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre
Category: Literary Criticism
Nine noted literary critics examine the spiritual and religious elements in the fiction of such diverse writers as James Baldwin, J. F. Powers, Graham Greene, Par Lagerkvist, and Flannery O’Connor. Contributors: Robert Boyle, S.J.; Robert McAfee Brown; A. A. Devitis; Herbert Howarth; Maralee Frampton; Nathan A. Scott, Jr.; Albert Sonnenfeld; Winston Weathers; and the editors
Gerald Nachman presents the stories of the groundbreaking comedy stars of those years, each one a cultural harbinger: • Mort Sahl, of a new political cynicism • Lenny Bruce, of the sexual, drug, and language revolution • Dick Gregory, ...
Author: Gerald Nachman
Category: Social Science
The comedians of the 1950s and 1960s were a totally different breed of relevant, revolutionary performer from any that came before or after, comics whose humor did much more than pry guffaws out of audiences. Gerald Nachman presents the stories of the groundbreaking comedy stars of those years, each one a cultural harbinger: • Mort Sahl, of a new political cynicism • Lenny Bruce, of the sexual, drug, and language revolution • Dick Gregory, of racial unrest • Bill Cosby and Godfrey Cambridge, of racial harmony • Phyllis Diller, of housewifely complaint • Mike Nichols & Elaine May and Woody Allen, of self-analytical angst and a rearrangement of male-female relations • Stan Freberg and Bob Newhart, of encroaching, pervasive pop media manipulation and, in the case of Bob Elliott & Ray Goulding, of the banalities of broadcasting • Mel Brooks, of the Yiddishization of American comedy • Sid Caesar, of a new awareness of the satirical possibilities of television • Joan Rivers, of the obsessive craving for celebrity gossip and of a latent bitchy sensibility • Tom Lehrer, of the inane, hypocritical, mawkishly sentimental nature of hallowed American folkways and, in the case of the Smothers Brothers, of overly revered folk songs and folklore • Steve Allen, of the late-night talk show as a force in American comedy • David Frye and Vaughn Meader, of the merger of showbiz and politics and, along with Will Jordan, of stretching the boundaries of mimicry • Shelley Berman, of a generation of obsessively self-confessional humor • Jonathan Winters and Jean Shepherd, of the daring new free-form improvisational comedy and of a sardonically updated view of Midwestern archetypes • Ernie Kovacs, of surreal visual effects and the unbounded vistas of video Taken together, they made up the faculty of a new school of vigorous, socially aware satire, a vibrant group of voices that reigned from approximately 1953 to 1965. Nachman shines a flashlight into the corners of these comedians’ chaotic and often troubled lives, illuminating their genius as well as their demons, damaged souls, and desperate drive. His exhaustive research and intimate interviews reveal characters that are intriguing and all too human, full of rich stories, confessions, regrets, and traumas. Seriously Funny is at once a dazzling cultural history and a joyous celebration of an extraordinary era in American comedy.