Our nation's finest comedians, contrarians, and comic subversives come together to discuss the nature of humor, its relevance to society, and how simply speaking the truth as one sees it can give life meaning
We are living in a new golden age of satire. In a nation divided, polarized, and cynical of "official" news and information, it's no surprise that more young people get their news today from Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert than from 60 Minutes and CNN—the people who speak the most openly and fearlessly are our satirists. Politics and culture are analyzed, criticized, scandalized, and energized by comedians with no agenda other than to create the laughter and shock that comes from recognition and truth.
Perhaps the greatest collection of comic talents ever between two covers, ¡Satiristas! is a collaboration between Paul Provenza—comedy's insider inquisitor extraordinaire, director/co-creator of the film The Aristocrats, and star of Showtime's The Green Room with Paul Provenza—and Dan Dion, comedy's most celebrated portrait photographer. A virtual who's who of iconoclastic comedy, the book is an epic, hilarious, multivoiced manifesto on satire and comedy, and a revelatory study of the complexities and inner workings of the comic mind.
Balancing on the razor's edge of communicating important ideas without pretense or condescension, political comedians Stephen Colbert, Bill Maher, and Lewis Black weigh in with late-night monologists Jay Leno and Craig Ferguson. Veterans like Conan O'Brien, Robin Williams, Richard Lewis, and Roseanne Barr speak their minds alongside comedy legends such as the Smothers Brothers, Tom Lehrer, Lily Tomlin, and the late, great George Carlin. Also represented are creators, writers, and producers of The Daily Show, South Park, Mr. Show, This Is Spinal Tap, Wonder Showzen, Kids in the Hall, Freaks and Geeks, Superbad, The Simpsons, Monty Python's Flying Circus, and Saturday Night Live as well as fresh, up-and-coming talents and a new generation of comedy stars. Together, this cross-section of subversive comic artists offers insight into what drives them and makes them tick, and what drives them crazy and ticks them off.
Paul Provenza's casual, intimate, artist-to-artist interviews are intelligent, outrageous, controversial, and even downright sick—but no idea or opinion is censored, and the unabashed honesty that results is funny, thought-provoking and inspirational.
The intimate photographic portraits by Dan Dion, comedy's Richard Avedon, are art pieces that take us through the stand-up routine to the person underneath, making ¡Satiristas! something that will change the way you look at comedians and the art of comedy.
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I don't know why Provenza bothered soliciting other comedians' views on satire. He just berated them for whatever stance they took.Published 27 days ago by Brian in Shortsville
Don't read this book if you hate honesty, strong opinions or REAL comedy. With all the cookie-cutter comedic trash going around, this book leads you to the genuine, intelligent,... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Cisco
Brilliant. For anyone interested in comedy, in real comedy, this is a must read.Published 8 months ago by SM Roberts
As a Stand-up Comic, when someone asks me for a good read on the subject, this is the first book I recommend. Paul Provenza and Dan Dion have spun a jewel with Satiristas. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Eric D. Trundy
This is the best, most comprehensive collection of interviews with comedians I've ever read. It covers all aspects of "satire" - a chimera of a term that has been invoked... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Amazon Customer
If you love comedy, this book is for you! Paul Provenza talks to some of the best comedians ever and complies it into a fantastic book! Read morePublished 21 months ago by J. Palmer
This book has gone beyond my expectations, I like all the different takes on comedy in general, being able to read the viewpoints of the greats is very inspiring. Read morePublished on March 1, 2013 by Jaron Brown
This is a great book for anyone who is interested in comics and comedians. Since it's a collection of interviews with the world's best comedians, it's an easy to pick up, start... Read morePublished on February 1, 2013 by Michael
Between "The Aristocrats" and his show "The Green Room", Paul Provenza has taken pains to prove himself the archivist of modern comedy. "Satiristas!" is no different. Read morePublished on April 12, 2012 by Phil Keeling