What Peter Biskind did for filmmaking, Richard Zoglin does for comedy in this meticulously researched and eminently readable account of stand-up comedy in the 1970s, when a small group of brilliant, iconoclastic comedians ruled the world and quite possibly changed it, too.
"Although some subjects (Steve Martin, Mel Brooks, David Letterman) were initially reluctant to be interviewed, Zoglin's conversations with numerous top talents enabled him to add fresh quotations to his extensive research through books, magazines and liner notes. Always highlighting how these comics transformed the culture, Zoglin on standup is standout." (Publishers Weekly)
"Zoglin does a good job telling the story of the rise of the comedy club, from its humble beginnings in a seedy New York dive called the Improv, to its growing influence in supplying talent for TV and film and the boom that filled American towns and cities with Seinfeld wannabes." (Weekly Standard)
"The stand-ups are the warriors of show business, and Richard Zoglin has brilliantly captured their funny and often desperate world." (Charles Grodin)
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hearing old routines of famous comics.
The great variety of standup comics in their respective eras.
This was my first experience.
Many good laughs
No. Just glad I bought it.
- Judith A. Hayden
100 percent truth!