Aristophanes: An Author for the Stage by Carlo Ferdinando Russo

By Carlo Ferdinando Russo

Carlo Ferdinando Russo's booklet has been a seminal paintings on Aristophanes seeing that its e-book in Italy in 1962. In his targeted research, Russo considers the performs as libretti for actors and singers instead of as mere texts, and not loses sight of the level. this is often the vintage booklet approximately Aristophanes. Now ultimately on hand in English and much-updated, it truly is crucial interpreting for any pupil of Athenian comedy.

Show description

Continue reading

We Need to Talk About . . . Kevin Bridges by Kevin Bridges

By Kevin Bridges

Elderly simply 17, Kevin Bridges walked on level for the 1st time in a Glasgow comedy membership and taken the home down. He in simple terms had a five-minute set yet in that little while he came across that he quite may well earn cash from making humans laugh.

Kevin started lifestyles as a shy, nerve-ridden school-boy, whose weekly highlights integrated a cake-bombing assault through the neighborhood youths. attaining his kids, he his precise calling because the type clown, and used to be quickly after arrested for kidnapping Hugh provide from his neighborhood cinema on a quiet Saturday evening. This was once a man going someplace - off the rails seeming so much likely.

Kevin's trademark social statement, sharp one-liners and laugh-out-loud humour combination together with his reflections on his Glaswegian adolescence and the adventure he's taken to develop into one of many most-loved comedians of our time.

Show description

Continue reading

Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy by Judd Apatow

By Judd Apatow

NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • [b]NAMED the most effective BOOKS OF THE 12 months by means of THE A.V. membership • From the author and director of Knocked Up and the manufacturer of Freaks and Geeks comes a suite of intimate, hilarious conversations with the largest names in comedy from the prior thirty years—including Mel Brooks, Jerry Seinfeld, Jon Stewart, Roseanne Barr, Harold Ramis, Louis C.K., Chris Rock, and Lena Dunham.[/b]

sooner than changing into the most profitable filmmakers in Hollywood, Judd Apatow was once the unique comedy nerd. At fifteen, he took a role washing dishes in a neighborhood comedy club—just so he might watch unending stand-up at no cost. At 16, he used to be internet hosting a exhibit for his neighborhood highschool radio station in Syosset, lengthy Island—a express that consisted of Q&As together with his comedy heroes, from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld. They mentioned their careers, the technological know-how of an excellent funny story, and their goals of destiny glory (turns out, Shandling used to be attracted to having his personal television express someday and Steve Allen had already invented everything).

Thirty years later, Apatow continues to be that very same comedy nerd—and he’s nonetheless interviewing humorous humans approximately why they do what they do.

Sick within the Head
gathers Apatow’s so much memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and highly candid assortment that spans not just his profession yet his whole grownup existence. listed here are the comedy legends who encouraged and formed him, from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin. listed below are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood, from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman. And the following, eventually, are the brightest stars in comedy this present day, lots of whom Apatow has been lucky to paintings with, from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer. And alongside the best way, whatever form of magical occurs: What began as a lifetime’s worthy of conversations approximately comedy turns into anything else completely. It turns into an exploration of creativity, ambition, neediness, generosity, spirituality, and the enjoyment that comes from making humans laugh.

Loaded with the type of back-of-the-club tales that comics inform each other whilst nobody else is looking at, this interesting, own (and borderline-obsessive) ebook is Judd Apatow’s present to comedy nerds everywhere.

Praise for ailing within the Head

“I can’t cease studying it. . . . I don’t wish this ebook to end.”—Jimmy Fallon

“An crucial for any comedy geek.”Entertainment Weekly

“Fascinating . . . a set of interviews with a few of the nice figures of comedy within the latter half the 20 th century.”
—The Washington Post

“Open this e-book at any place, and you’re sure to locate a few attention-grabbing nugget from a person who has had you in stitches many, many times.”—Janet Maslin, The manhattan Times

“An outstanding learn, choked with insights and connections either inventive and interpersonal.”The New Yorker

“Fascinating and revelatory.”
—Chicago Tribune

“For fanatics of stand-up, Sick within the Head is a Bible of sorts.”Newsweek
“These are really good, expansive interviews—at instances brutal, from time to time breathtaking—with artists whose wit, intelligence, gaze, and insights are all sharp sufficient to attract blood.”[b]—Michael Chabon

“Anyone even remotely attracted to comedy or humanity should still personal this booklet. it really is hilarious and informative and it includes insightful interviews with the best comics, comedians, and comediennes of our time. My representatives guarantee me i'm going to seem in a destiny edition.”—Will Ferrell

From the Hardcover edition.

Show description

Continue reading

The Stench of Honolulu: A Tropical Adventure by Jack Handey

By Jack Handey

The mythical Deep Thoughts and New Yorker slapstick comedian Jack Handey is again together with his first actual novel-a hilarious, absurd, far-flung experience tale.

THE STENCH OF HONOLOLU

Are you partial to books within which recognized vacationer locations are repurposed as unlivable hellholes for no specific cause? learn on!

Jack Handey's unique story is stuffed with laugh-out-loud twists and unforgettable characters whose names break out me without delay. A reliably unreliable narrator and his good friend, who's another man, have to get out of city. they've got a flavor for experience, in order that they pay a trip to a relic of bygone days-a shuttle agent-and notice an previous treasure map. She could have been a witch, incidentally. Our heroes quickly embark on a quest for the Golden Monkey, which takes them into the mysterious and smelly international land of Honolulu. There, they meet untold risks, confront unusual natives, kill and devour Turtle humans, kill another issues and folks, consume one other factor, and detect the ruins of historic civilizations.

As our narrator says, "The ruins have been striking. yet like such a lot of civilizations, they forgot the guideline that will have stored them: Don't permit vines develop far and wide you."

Show description

Continue reading

The Stewart / Colbert Effect: Essays on the Real Impacts of by Amarnath Amarasingam

By Amarnath Amarasingam

The day-by-day convey with Jon Stewart and The Colbert record have attracted a lot curiosity lately from renowned audiences in addition to students in quite a few disciplines. either Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert were named on Time magazine's record of the main influential humans on the planet. the 10 essays during this interdisciplinary assortment discover the problems engendered through the recognition of leisure information, together with the function of satire in politics, the declining point of belief in conventional assets of media, the indicates' cathartic or informational functionality, and the ways that those indicates impact public opinion.

"Today's political institution is priceless of satirization, and, hence, the learn of political satire is important so that it will comprehend our center democratic tactics. Essays on pretend information advances our figuring out of who's eating political television satire, the messages being supplied via Stewart and Colbert, and the democratic results derived from observing those very important political details outlets." - R. Lance Holbert, The Ohio kingdom collage, co-author, Political verbal exchange within the twenty first Century

"Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert usually are not simply humorous, they're major forces within the modern perform of yankee politics. This quantity bargains a superb learn of ways and why their presence concerns and merits severe scholarly attention." - Jeffrey P. Jones, outdated Dominion collage, writer, Entertaining Politics: Satiric tv and Political Engagement

"For hundreds of thousands of individuals, The day-by-day exhibit and The Colbert record became a favourite resource of stories, info, and political observation. The individuals to this assortment support us either to higher comprehend why, and to imagine during the capability results of such a lot of people's fascination with Stewart and Colbert. the result's a thought-provoking ebook that any scholar, fan, or skeptic of the 2 indicates must have at the shelf." - Geoffrey Baym, college of North Carolina, Greensboro, writer, From Cronkite to Colbert: The Evolution of Broadcast News

"This is a vital number of articles, with plenty of info, for somebody drawn to how faux information works and what it does to people." - John Morreall, collage of William and Mary, writer, Comic aid: A finished Philosophy of Humor.

Show description

Continue reading

Blue Monday, Vol. 3: Inbetween Days by Chynna Clugston

By Chynna Clugston

Vacations encourage loads of diversified reactions in humans. for example, Clover hates the sappiness of Valentine's Day, whereas Bleu loves Halloween. Clover additionally hates St. Patrick's Day and the way humans have grew to become it into an orgy of eco-friendly beer and leprechauns, yet either ladies like April Fool's Day and the way it evokes Victor to dig out his goth apparatus from the times of yore.

Show description

Continue reading

Laughing Mad: The Black Comic Persona in Post-Soul America by Bambi Haggins

By Bambi Haggins

Ahead of the civil rights circulate, comedians played for audiences that have been essentially delineated through race. Black comedians played for black audiences and white comedians played for whites. but prior to now forty-five years, black comics became increasingly more valuable to mainstream tradition. In ''Laughing Mad'', Bambi Haggins appears to be like at how this transition happened in a number of media and exhibits how this integration has cleared the path for black comedians and their audiences to impact one another. traditionally, African American performers were capable of use comedy as a pedagogic device, interjecting astute observations approximately race relatives whereas the viewers is guffawing. And but, Haggins makes the convincing argument that the potential for African American comedy continues to be essentially unfulfilled because the performances of blackness has to be made culturally digestible for mass intake. instead of featuring biographies of person performers, Haggins specializes in the ways that the comedian character is developed and alterations throughout media, from stand-up, to the small display, to movie. She examines the comedian televisual and cinematic personae of Dick Gregory, invoice Cosby, turn Wilson, and Richard Pryor and considers how those figures set the level for black comedy within the subsequent 4 many years. She reads Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock as emblematic of the 1st and moment waves of publish - civil rights period African American comedy, and he or she seems to be on the socio-cultural politics of Whoopi Goldberg's comedian personality in the course of the lens of gender and crossover. ''Laughing Mad'' additionally explores how the comedy of Dave Chappelle speaks to and for the post-soul new release. A rigorous analytic research, this e-book interrogates notions of identification, inside of either the African American group and mainstream pop culture. Written in attractive and obtainable prose, it's also a publication that may go back and forth from the seminar room, to the barbershop, to the kitchen desk, permitting readers to event the sketches, stand-up, and movie comedies with all of the laughter they deserve.

Show description

Continue reading

Greek and Roman Comedy: Translations and Interpretations of by Shawn O'Bryhim, George Fredric Franko, Timothy J. Moore, S.

By Shawn O'Bryhim, George Fredric Franko, Timothy J. Moore, S. Douglas Olson

A lot of what we all know of Greco-Roman comedy comes from the surviving works of simply 4 playwrights - the "Greeks Aristophanes" and "Menander" and the "Romans Plautus and Terence". To introduce those authors and their paintings to scholars and basic readers, this publication deals a brand new, available translation of a consultant play by means of every one playwright, observed by means of a normal creation to the author's lifestyles and instances, a scholarly article on a admired topic within the play, and a bibliography of chosen readings concerning the play and playwright. This variety of fabric, infrequent in one quantity, presents numerous analyzing and instructing innovations, from the research of a unmarried writer to an summary of the complete Classical comedic culture. The performs were translated for clarity and constancy to the unique textual content by means of demonstrated Classics students. S. Douglas Olson offers the interpretation and statement for Aristophanes' "Acharnians", Shawn O'Bryhim for Menander's "Dyskolos", George Fredric Franko for Plautus' "Casina", and Timothy J. Moore for Terence's "Phormio". Shawn O'Bryhim is affiliate Professor of Classics and head of the Classics software at Southern Illinois collage in Carbondale.

Show description

Continue reading

Russian Television Today: Primetime Drama and Comedy by David MacFadyen

By David MacFadyen

Examining the position of dramatized narratives in Russian tv, this ebook stresses the ways that the Russian govt lower than Putin use primetime tv to precise a brand new knowing of what it skill to be Russian, answering key questions of nationwide identification for contemporary Russians in facing their contemporary background: ‘What relatively occurred to us?’ and, consequently, ‘Why?’

The ebook covers very important matters in Russian tv at the present time, including:

  • the remodeling of recent ‘national’ on-screen heroes
  • its dating with vintage literature
  • the revisionist portrayal of a romantic portrait of existence within the Soviet era
  • the function of thematic components reminiscent of love, constancy, humour and irony
  • the fairly urgent challenge of crime and its illustration on reveal as Mafia or police experience, and its political utilization by means of the Putin management.

This e-book presents a close account of the severe concerns in modern Russian tv, bearing on them to broader social and political advancements in Russian society.

Show description

Continue reading