On Friday, November 13 we launched Kliph Nesteroff's debut book, The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy, here at the Librairie in conversation with fellow comedian David Heti.
The book traces the evolution of comedy over its hundred year history with a focus on stand-up comedians. From turn-of-the-century vaudeville to the new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century the book elaborates the art of comedy. Nesteroff has been called "the preeminent historian of modern comedy" by Marc Maron!
From what makes a person funny to the future of comedy, Heti and Nesteroff really dug into the funny talk. They discussed comics being ahead of their time, how comedy ages, twitter in the contemporary comedy-scape and digital heckling. The audience joined in and asked some great questions too before Kliph made people happy and signed some books. It was a fantastic night! Thanks to everyone who came out. We've still got copies of The Comedians for those of you who missed it!