The Comedians

  • by Kliph Nesteroff
  • Narrated by Kliph Nesteroff
  • 15 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 200 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 100 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 21st century.

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Wonderful account of the last 120 years of comedy

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Kliph Nesteroff has chronicled the ins and outs of the world of comics and the business of comedy.
My only complaint about the performance is that Kliph mangles many words that he should - or his editor should - know better how to pronounce. It tended to take me out of the story when it happened.

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- Glenn Johnson

good of a fan of comedy

Enjoyed it a great deal. Longtime fan of comedy and felt it was a fairly thorough review. Chronologically told.
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- cole

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-11-2017
  • Publisher: Audible Studios