Comedy at the Edge How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America

ISBN-10: 1582346240
ISBN-13: 9781582346243
Edition: 2008
Authors: Richard Zoglin
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Description: What Peter Biskind did for filmmaking,Timemagazine critic Richard Zoglin does for comedy in this meticulously researched and hilariously readable account of stand-up comedy in the 1970s. In the rock-and-roll 1970s, a new breed of comic, inspired  More...

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Book details

List price: $24.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 1/22/2008
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 256
Size: 6.25" wide x 9.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.122
Language: English

What Peter Biskind did for filmmaking,Timemagazine critic Richard Zoglin does for comedy in this meticulously researched and hilariously readable account of stand-up comedy in the 1970s. In the rock-and-roll 1970s, a new breed of comic, inspired by the fearless Lenny Bruce, made telling jokes an art form. Innovative comedians like George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robert Klein, and, later, Steve Martin, Albert Brooks, Robin Williams, and Andy Kaufman, tore through the country and became as big as rock stars in an era whenSaturday Night Livewas the apotheosis of cool and the Improv, Catch a Rising Star, and the Comedy Store were the hottest clubs around. InComedy at the Edge, Richard Zoglin gives a backstage view of the time, when a group of brilliant, iconoclastic comedians ruled the world—and quite possibly changed it, too. Based on extensive interviews with club owners, agents, producers—and with unprecedented and unlimited access to the players themselves—Comedy at the Edgeis a no-holdsbarred, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most influential and tumultuous decades in American popular culture.

Richard Zoglin is a contributing editor and theater critic for Time magazine. His book Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America is considered the definitive history of that seminal era in stand-up comedy. Zoglin is a native of Kansas City, Missouri, and currently lives in New York City. His late wife, Charla Krupp, was the author of the bestselling books How Not to Look Old and How to Never Look Fat Again.

Opening act
After Lenny
Rebellion
Race
Improv
Clubbing
Put-on
Some fun
Chasing Carson
Extremists
Women
The boom
Mainstream
Acknowledgments
A note on sources
Index

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