- Paperback: 308 pages
- Publisher: 1st Book Library (July 20, 2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1587215136
- ISBN-13: 978-1587215131
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,812,326 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author
MARTYN BURKE's previous novels include Laughing War, The Commissar's Report, Ivory Joe, Tiara, The Shelling of Beverly Hills, and The Truth About the Night. He is also a documentary film maker, whose Under Fire: Journalists in Combat won a Peabody Award in 2013. He has written extensively for film and television, most notably as writer of HBO'S timely and biting political satire, The Second Civil War; and writer/director of the hugely successful cable movie Pirates of Silicon Valley, which was nominated for five Emmys including Best Screenplay and Best Picture, the Producers Guild Award for Best Film, Directors Guild Award for Best Directing and the Writers Guild Award for Best Screenplay. His work has been nominated for numerous awards, including Emmys, Directors Guild, and Writers Guild awards. Recently, a series based on his novel The Commissar's Report, was sold to HBO. Born in Hamilton, Ontario, he now lives half the year in Toronto and the other half in Santa Monica. As a journal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Comedy has become such a business that the information in this book which might still be considered most useful relates to how a comic routine must reflect a particular character to connect with an audience and be successful. There are chapters on Barney ("Most of Barney's comedy material came from watching the war"), Donna ("the Garbo of the Catinat, coming and going when few people saw her"), Isaacs ("Bitterness wells up inside Isaacs and he decides that he prefers the enemy at the front to the enemy behind him. . . . It is Abbie Hoffman, exhorting his multitudes with anarchistic wisecracks that sound to Isaacs like treason"), Jokes, and finally, Laughing War itself. If there is a possibility that something like Nam will crop up again, with the help of this book, people who want to be comedians will be able to spot it first and tell everybody about the hard times that are about to come down. Anyone who is trying to make sense of civilization will be hard pressed by the case which this book makes against the foolishness of using all of its destructive power in an attempt to wipe out all opposition.
In the chapter on Isaacs there is a paragraph about a sergeant who was "bored by the jokes. They remind the sergeant too much of the kind he used to hear at the strip shows with the traveling carnivals. They were all hick comedians in those shows. With corny jokes." That is all most people expect, and it was great to read this comic effort to bring people to another level. More than just liking this book, I try to live it.