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Tuesday, 3 November 2015

New and notable: Kliph Nesteroff's The Comedians

Stand-up fans, rejoice! Kliph Nesteroff's highly praised new book, The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy, is out today!


Nesteroff, himself a stand-up comedian turned writer, gives us an essential history of the role of American comedy (mostly stand-up) in American culture throughout the past century. He starts with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the 20th century, moves on through the vaudevillian performers in the speakeasies of the Prohibition Era, brings us to the comedians of both the late-night television and the coffee houses of the 1950s. He explores comedy's role in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the 1960s, then illuminates the first comedy clubs of the 1970s, followed by the coke-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s. Finally, he brings us to the current comedy revival of our media-heavy, celebrity-driven moment.

We're excited to be hosting the Montreal launch for this title. Nesteroff will be at the Librairie on Friday, November 13 to discuss his work with comedian David Heti. Find more details here!

The Comedians is receiving praise from all corners:
"Kliph Nesteroff and this book are devoted to what I truly love—the art of comedy."—Mel Brooks

"Kliph Nesteroff is a 'comedy nerd' in the deepest sense of the word. He goes obsessively into the darkness that has been festering culturally, physically, and personally behind the faces of funny going back almost a century. He is the preeminent historian of modern comedy."—Marc Maron

"This is a great book that will definitely make the rounds in the comedy world the same way Mike Sacks’ …And Here’s the Kicker did a few years ago."—Splitsider

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