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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Brown Walker Press (March 31, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1599424959
  • ISBN-13: 978-1599424958
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,749 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Born, raised,
traumatized, indoctrinated, oppressed, and arrested
while scurrying like a beetle through the dust,
streetgrime, alleyways, lavender dawns, and
mercury-vapor hazes of Albuquerque's Old Town,
Downtown, and Uptown; educated, bewildered, beat-up,
picked on, lied to, suspended, led astray, and
introduced to the rigors of impotent rage via the
Archdiocese of Santa Fe's parochial schools; entered
the University of New Mexico as an art major, asked to
leave while a psych major; found myself at age 21
broke, alienated, ostracized, psychotic, neurotic --
deep in the throes of the post-pubescent blues -- and
sweeping up cigarette butts in a posh Colorado resort
to earn my keep.
A fit of despair. No television. My sister's portable
8-track player finally unfixable. Signed up for five
free books from the Literary Guild. Chose the
Hemingway set -- three books count as one selection.
Missed the stuff about the missing equipment at the
core of The Sun Also Rises. Fell in love, anyway, with
the sparse and textural brilliance of Hemingway's
prose.
Spent the next three years as a virtual placenti
spongiosi (those soulless medieval beings produced by
unimpregnated but extra-fertile women)* wandering the
catacombs of inner Albuquerque; experimenting with
artforms of various sorts, dimensions,
respectabilities: painting, drawing, poetry,
playwriting, acting, beatniking, stand-up comedy,
hallucinatory fits, performance art, guitaring.
Figured I had little in the way of manual dexterity or
instant charisma, so I best study stand-up comedy.

*Thanks to Jack Vernon.

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A truly enjoyable and educational read.
Nancy L. Smoot
The scholarship and writing employed for this book makes for a groundbreaking study in an extremely overlooked art form: stand-up comedy.
Nancy Nicoloff-Tucker
I have found this book indispensable in my own research due to the overall background information it carries with it.
Daria TUNCA

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Daria TUNCA on April 9, 2011
Format: Paperback
The following review has been posted here on behalf of its author, Izuu Nwankwo (PhD student, Nigeria)

There are very few scholarly books on stand-up acts and Tafoya's work remains the most current and insightful. Many books on stand-up comedy tend to be promotional, aimed mostly to serve as developmental guides for upcoming stand-up comedians. In Tafoya's the use of existing theory and criticism is at once innovative and groundbreaking, in stand-up comedy research. I find this book useful especially in the creative and convincing way it has manipulated the Freudian concepts of the id and the super-ego, in the understanding of how jokes make us laugh. One other thing that makes this work outstanding is the conversational manner in which the book is written. While we read, we are aware at the back of our minds that this is a scholarly work written by a practising stand-up comedian. In my view, this makes for a much more pleasurable reading as we get a grip on how and why stand-up comedy can also be categorised as literature. I have found this book indispensable in my own research due to the overall background information it carries with it. As such I believe it is a catalyst for further research, not only into stand-up, but also into other emergent popular performances and literature.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Smoot on July 23, 2009
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Erudite author Eddie Tafoya presents an academic but highly entertaining history and study of humor. It takes a serious look at the human condition that is reflected in stand-up comedy: a safe way to expose the inner voice one would not otherwise dare to share in public. The reader's consciousness will be raised with the author's explanation of hidden meanings in humor. A truly enjoyable and educational read.

Nancy Smoot Tramont
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By John Lee Grogan Jr. on June 18, 2013
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This was quite an exceptional book, perhaps the best I've read on what humor and stand-up comedy is and what it can do. It's a very serious and deep book and is only book I've really seen that talks about the spiritual dimensions of humor and the comedian. This author has an incredible background, that of literature and creative writing professor, and also a New Testament scholar. I loved this book because it treated comedy and humor as important topics worthy of serious study. This book forces you to work, but enriches you for your effort, I have to give a listen to Steven Wright soon after reading the chapter on him. There is a recognition and respect and honor paid by the author towards the subject of his study. This book is a scholarly work, but it's not written in esoteric, dense foggy language, but in understandable terms. This is not only a book about comedy, it's about the joy and rewards of reading and thinking, the power, beauty and mystery of words to communicative subjective meaning and how comedy fills a special niche in the use of language. This is an important book, not only in terms of comedy, but about life in general. Something tells me this author could probably lay down a pretty smoking sermon himself! Preach on brother! I wish we had more professors out there like this author willing to share his gifts of insight and analysis with his students and the rest of the world instead of the barren wasteland that academia has been for ages.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nompluma on February 18, 2012
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Eddie Tafoya's THE LEGACY OF THE WISECRACK combines history, Freud, postmodernism, and the little-known science of "fartology" to make a thought-provoking study of stand-up comedy. His discussion of comedians of diverse backgrounds casts humor in a cross-cultural perspective while bringing to light important but lesser known comedians such as Charley Case and Moms Mabley.

The essay on the parallels between Richard Pryor's show "Live at the Sunset Strip" with Dante's INFERNO underscores the book's central argument that stand-up comedy is an underappreciated literary art form.

A brief discussion of why Jewish humor became America's dominant humor left me wanting more on this interesting topic.

Tafoya's trenchant observations animate the pages from start to finish, making THE LEGACY OF THE WISECRACK absorbing and fun to read. We're left marveling at how humans have managed to survive tough times by wit alone.
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