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The Last Laugh: The World of Stand-Up Comics Paperback – November 14, 2000
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Phil Berger is best known as a New York sportswriter... but his best work might be 'The Last Laugh.' (Robert Armstrong Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Utterly authentic, a fascinating account of what life is like in an important area of American humor. (Steve Allen)
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Phil Berger's book was the first to look at the origins and inside workings of standup comedy. It's written in a sort-of jazz hipster patois that may seem a little dated now, but which certainly rings true when you see it alongside the jazz-influenced routines of Lenny Bruce, Lord Buckley, and other influential fathers of modern comedy.
You'll get tastes of lots of comedians who were successful in the 50s and early 60s, but largely forgotten today. You'll learn about the part of Rodney Dangerfield's life you never heard before. You'll see who influenced Robert Klein and George Carlin—who would go on to influence virtually every comic of the past 40 years.
If you're building a library devoted to standup, this should be the first volume you buy. It is indispensable!