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Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America
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Bibliographic Detail
Publisher Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA
Publication date February 3, 2009
Pages 247
Binding Paperback
Edition Reprint
Book category Adult Non-Fiction
ISBN-13 9781582346250
ISBN-10 1582346259
Dimensions 1 by 5.50 by 8.25 in.
Weight 0.54 lbs.
Original list price $17.00
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When Lenny Bruce overdosed in 1966, he left behind an impressive legacy of edgy, politically charged comedy. Four short years later, a new breed of comic, inspired by Bruce's artistic fearlessness, made telling jokes an art form, forever putting to rest the stereotype of the one-liner borscht belt set. During the 1970s, a small group of brilliant, iconoclastic comedians, led by George Carlin, Richard Pryor, and Robert Klein, tore through the country and became as big as rock stars in an era when Saturday Night Live and SCTV were the apotheosis of cool, and the Improv and Catch a Rising Star were the hottest clubs around. That a new wave of innovative comedians, like Steve Martin, Albert Brooks, Robin Williams, and Andy Kauffman followed closely behind only cemented comedy's place as one of the most important art forms of the decade. In Comedy at the Edge, Richard Zoglin explores in depth this ten-year period when comedians stood, with microphone in hand, at the white-hot center of popular culture, stretching the boundaries of the genre, fighting obscenity laws, and becoming the collective voices of their generation. In the process, they revolutionized an art form. Based on extensive interviews with club owners, booking agents, groupies, and the players themselves, Zoglin traces the decade's tumultuous arc in this no-holds barred, behind-the-scenes look at one of the most influential decades in American popular culture.



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Hardcover
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from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (January 22, 2008)
9781582346243 | details & prices | 247 pages | 6.25 × 9.50 × 1.00 in. | 1.14 lbs | List price $24.95
About: A lighthearted survey of stand-up comedy in the 1970s draws on meticulous interviews to cite the contributions of celebrity comics, from George Carlin and Richard Pryor to Robin Williams and Andy Kaufman, in an account that also evaluates the roles played by such comedy clubs as Catch a Rising Star, the Improv, and the Comedy Store.
Paperback
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Reprint edition from Bloomsbury Pub Plc USA (February 3, 2009); titled "Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-up in the 1970s Changed America"
9781582346250 | details & prices | 247 pages | 5.50 × 8.25 × 1.00 in. | 0.54 lbs | List price $17.00
About: When Lenny Bruce overdosed in 1966, he left behind an impressive legacy of edgy, politically charged comedy.

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