My mother has attended more of my comedy shows than anyone else in my family. One time, I decided it would be fun to take her to a show in Muncie, Indiana. Muncie is a college town known for good audiences. At the time my mother used a cane to Continue reading Can We Make Indy Laugh Accessible?
According to local legend (and dubious elementary school textbooks from the nineties), the term hoosier came from the frequent bar fights. The bar tender would have to clean up after the bloody brawl calling out “Whose ear?!” when he found a lost bit on the floor. In actuality, the term’s Continue reading What the heck is a Hoosier?
If I could sum up Comedy at the Edge in one word it would be breadth. Richard Zoglin, editor, and writer at Time compiled an extensive and impressive amount of information for his book through both primary and secondary sources of information. His book is the story of the people, Continue reading Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin
I will admit, I purchased my copy of Last Words with reservations. I did not know what to expect from this posthumous work about George Carlin’s life. Was this merely a presentation of facts or just a rehash of all the George Carlin stories that are generally known? Then I Continue reading Last Words by Tony Hendra
Rickles’ Book is one of the most unusual books I’ve ever read. It is written in snapshots of no more than three pages each, with colorful stories of the rat pack and the glamorous Las Vegas/Borscht Belt comedy scene which dominated the forties and fifties entertaining. Rickles began entertaining, like Continue reading Rickles’ Book by Don Rickles
I approached Comedy FAQs with trepidation as I intended to read the book through and not with a particular FAQ in mind. However, the book appears to be a solid resource of comedy advice with a broad range of focus from pure novice to working comedian. The book is written Continue reading Comedy FAQ’s & Answers by Dave Schwensen