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My brother was an only child. Introd. by Jack Paar Hardcover – January 1, 1959

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Product Details

  • Hardcover
  • Publisher: E.P. DUTTON (January 1, 1959)
  • ASIN: B002LRIW3W
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 5 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,350,250 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Pop Bop TOP 500 REVIEWER on January 20, 2013
This book was published in 1959 at the height of Jack Douglas's popularity as a television comedy writer, talk show guest and published humorist. By all reports Douglas, privately, was a "very nice man", but most agreed that he had a very skewed view of the world, which was reflected in his humor.

He could write jokes and monologue bits, (he was a major writer for Jack Paar, and then for performers like Johnny Carson), but shaggy dog stories and deadpan oddness was his real specialty. In a very real sense his beat sensibility and intelligence put him in a whole different category from his contemporaries. He was decades ahead of everyone else. While people like Henny Youngman and Shecky Greene were doing Catskills one liners, Douglas was writing short pieces like "6 G Strings in Search of a Violin Named Charlie".

And, none of this material is at all dated. It is as fresh and oddball today as it was in the 50's. Even without the subversive and envelope pushing vibe that you would have gotten from it in 1959, it's still funny now. And funny is funny.

So, if you're reading this it means you have found a real gem. Good for you. "Step on Mother".
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