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Make 'Em Laugh: 35 Years of the Comic Strip, the Greatest Comedy Club of All Time! Hardcover – October 1, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1620870747 ISBN-10: 1620870746 Edition: 1st
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About the Author

Jeffrey Gurian is a comedy writer, performer, director, author, producer, doctor, and healer. He's written material for comedy legends such as Rodney Dangerfield, Jerry Lewis, Phil Hartman, Richard Belzer, George Wallace, and Joan Rivers. He's also written for MTV, National Lampoon, Weekly World News, and many Friars Club Roasts. In 1999, he launched Comedy Matters, a celeb-based, online entertainment column that now has evolved into Comedy Matters TV, an internet TV channel with over 150 A-list celebrity interviews. He currently teaches an online comedy class for the Learning Annex. You can read more at http://www.jeffreygurian.com And you can reach Jeffrey on Twitter at @jeffreygurian.

Richie Tienken opened the Comic Strip on June 1, 1976, and effectively changed the face of comedy forever. At thirteen, he ran away from his home in the Bronx to Boston, where he got a job selling magazines door-to-door. He moved back to New York a year later and has since managed some of the biggest comedy stars, such as Eddie Murphy, Adam Sandler, and Colin Quinn.

Chris Rock is a comedian, actor, screenwriter, television producer, and film producer.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620870746
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620870747
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,253,740 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By TerryK on June 18, 2013
Format: Hardcover
I was really looking forward to reading this and when I did it was a major disappointment. It is basically a question and answer book where they ask various comedians about The Comic Strip and their careers. They ask all of them about the owner and another guy who worked there who has passed away. This was a wasted opportunity. They could have picked a comedian and told the story from his or her vantage point in more of a narrative format. That would have made this more interesting. I found I read the sections on the comics I cared about and glanced over the rest. Even the stories of the well known comics aren't that interesting the way they are presented. Had they spent time developing more of a story or narrative, the stories about the people with whom I was unfamiliar would have seemed more interesting I suspect.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lee Schloss on October 30, 2013
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This is the perfect kind of book to read when you're riding on the train, in the bathroom, drinking decaf coffee, or just in general. What I love about the format, is you are not forced to read it only in the start-to-finish direction. You can read it however you like.

I have been a stand-up comedian myself, so I appreciate the book on a level differently than others might, but if you are someone who has ever thought about stand-up, this will probably be the book that gets you to suck it up, and just do it already.

The book doesn't just tell the story of the Comic Strip, but also the ups and downs of individual comics, comics who are considered among the best in the business. Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, Judah Friedlander, Colin Quinn, just interesting to hear their stories.

If you go to Comic Strip, you never know who might just pop in, or what future stories will be written.

Lee
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Ginger Reiter on January 22, 2013
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Fascinating read about the original NYC Comedy Clubs and the struggling-at-first comedians who are now big. I particularly liked the format of the book, with intros by Guran, and entire chapters written by the Masters themselves in their own words -like Jerry Seinfeld. It was a book that needed to be written, and although I have read others, i.e Dangerfield's bio, I loved the all-embracing concept of this book.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By DM on October 24, 2012
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Jeffery Gurian has been in the comedy scene for years and is hilarious in this book! You won't be able to put it down! I highly recommend it for anyone who appreciates the art of comedy and the greatness of the Comic Strip! The fantastic interviews with many celebrities and wonderful pictures make this book a must read!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By NickyD on October 2, 2012
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I'm not surprised that Jeffrey Gurian had access to all of these celebrities, I know he's been in the comedy scene for years, I've read some of his past work and seen him perform. I just picked it up after seeing the great review in the NY Post and the book is fantastic, deserving of the rave reviews it has received!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Arnie L "The Bronx" on October 30, 2012
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I just loved this book. Very easy reading & it made me feel as if I was part part the gang hanging out at the Comic Strip. Jeffrey Gurian does a fabulous job of interviewing the comedians.Richie brought his life in The Bronx to Manhattan!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jimmy Cirillo on October 21, 2012
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I loved reading Make em Laugh, 35 years of The Comic Strip! This is a feel good read that i found inspirational. It is not only a great book for up and coming comedians but a book that shows among other things that hard work pays off!!!
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steecia1 on September 24, 2014
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A worthy book. The Comic strip was my home base for the first three years of its existence. Good stories from great comics. It is an experience that the reader will find both informative and enjoyable..thx.fBk
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