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Publisher's Summary

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.
©2009 Richard Zoglin (P)2010 Audible, Inc.
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Critic Reviews

"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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4 out of 5 stars
By Judith A. Hayden on 07-30-12

Great Listen

What made the experience of listening to Comedy at the Edge the most enjoyable?

hearing old routines of famous comics.

What did you like best about this story?

The great variety of standup comics in their respective eras.

Have you listened to any of Bob Benson’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

This was my first experience.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Many good laughs

Any additional comments?

No. Just glad I bought it.

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5 out of 5 stars
By samuel on 10-22-11

100 percent truth!

If you always wondered "What is Scientology" than this is the audible for you. very precise detailed exciting account of Scientology. I was a Los Angeles member in 1997 to 2007. My uncle is John Travolta and I joined on my own out of curiosity. I was not given any special treatment because I was a OT's relative. I quit and bought an anti-scientology book but not did not get to finish it. I was a victim of Operation Freak Out where you are framed for something you did not do, then you run to a county psyche ward and they label you schizophrenic so nobody believes you. After I got out of the hospital I was given the FAIR GAME treatment. Which is to destroy and isolate you until you kill yourself. If you want a good scare and a good comedy all in one this is the one for you. It's long but it's worth it. Everything in this audible I have seen first hand. I wish this audio was around before i joined.

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