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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 204 pages
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books (October 15, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1452125384
  • ISBN-13: 978-1452125381
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 9.2 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #115,959 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A coffee table book that's guaranteed to get a laugh." - O, The Oprah Magazine

About the Author

Matt Hoyle is an award-winning celebrity photographer. He splits his time between New York and Los Angeles.

Mel Brooks is a beloved film director, screenwriter, producer, actor, and comic.

More About the Author

Matt Hoyle is an award winning celebrity photographer based in New York City.

His work has appeared in Rolling Stone, NY Mag, Wired, Entertainment Weekly & Esquire and in galleries in NY, Sydney, London, LA & Dubai.

His photography is known for it's rich characters and humor.

view his work here:
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www.matthoyle.com

www.comicgeniusbook.com

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Noms91 on January 9, 2014
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If you like comedy, but more especially, comedians, you will like this book. I got it for a friend as a gift, and looked through it ahead of time. When I ordered this, I thought it was actually a book with text, but it's a book of portraits of great/famous comedians, with quotes dispersed in between. Just beware that it is not a book that you will sit down and read, or you will be disappointed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Author Bill Peschel on December 9, 2013
Format: Hardcover
There’s a lot to unpack in photographer Matt Hoyle’s portfolio of comedians in “Comic Genius,” especially for something who thinks deeply at the drop of a hat like I do (go on, try me. Just bring the hat). Even if all you want to do is laugh at the pictures, you’re going to feel uneasy at times. You’ll sense that there’s something more going on, that there’s a backstory behind the making of these pictures that’s more reveals more about the men and women who make or made a living inspiring that primal emotion. Or that, if they’re making fun of anyone, it’s you. This is one reason why dictators hate comedy. You never know who their target is.

These photos can be broken down into categories:

* Persona portraits such as Andrew Dice Clay as Diceman and Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders as their “Absolutely Fabulous” characters.

* Persona jokes such as Paul Reubens as Pee-Wee Herman, dangling from red balloons over a city, or Dame Edna Everage eating candy with chopsticks.

* Personal portraits, such as close-up portraits of Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence, or
Denis Leary flipped the bird at the viewer, his finger surrounded by a frame.

* Straight-up jokes, such as Carol Burnett tugging her ear down to her shoulder, John Cleese with his bowler hat turned sideways, or Conan O’Brien holding an unhappy infant dressed like him.

Hoyle writes that he approached each subject the same way. He’d work up a list of 10 concepts and they’d go from there. Who decided to do what is not revealed, except that Steve Martin agreed to pose next to Kermit the Frog, while Carol Burnett suggested the ear gag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Evan Lucas on October 25, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I love the photographs in this book, all of which bring out the true personalities of those featured. The creativity that went into each one of these photos certainly shows and it's a great book to show off to friends and family when they come over. I was very thrilled to see that Paul Reubens has a two page spread. I'm looking forward to keeping this book around for a long time and certainly recommend it.
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I received this as a birthday gift, and I really enjoyed it! I like Hoyle's style of photography. The photos are for the most part clean and simple, which really allows the subject's personality to come through. I loved that people like Tim and Eric, Andy Samberg, and Zach Galifianakis were included along with classics like Steve Martin, The Smothers Brothers, and Bob Newhart.

Here are some cons for me: I was really hoping to see more up-and-coming comics or lesser-known comics. Performers like Paul F Tompkins, Scott Aukerman, or Tenacious D would have been really cool. These fellows have been around long enough to establish their comedy cred, and it would have been really cool to see some of that group of people included. (But there are thousands of other funny people doing awesome things in show business, so I obviously get not being able to include everyone.

I didn't quite like the way the quotes were utilized. I felt there should have been a quote for everybody, or no quotes at all. I know this is primarily a photo book, but more writing would have been nice. It would have been neat to maybe include a paragraph about each of the shoots or something.

All in all though this is a really nice book. Both comedy and photography are such big parts of my life so this is a nice addition to my collection.
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By Bron on February 9, 2014
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I purchased this book as a Christmas present, and of course I read it first.
I really enjoyed the book as did the person I gave it to. I would recommend this book .
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By Debora Kennedy on February 1, 2014
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Not as erudite as I expected, but nicely done and with interesting photos to entertain the reader - decent job.
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Are the words I told my son who wishes to one day be a seriouse actor, although his wit is lends itself more to comedy roles.

This book protrays greatness from actors who'm we've all come to know and love.
He loved the book!
Thanks to everyone actor and writer who put this together.
Who know's it may just be the one tool that set's my son's life on the path of greatness in your field.
Thanks,
Pamela Longueville
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By betty on January 7, 2014
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This was a Christmas present for my 16 year old grandson who is participating in a Second City group. I can only tell you his face revealed more than I can say in a thousand words. He was elated to begin and was still looking when the evening games began.
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