They talked about their careers, the science of a good joke, and their dreams of future glory turns out, Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything. Thirty years later, apatow is still that same comedy nerd—and he’s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do.
Sick in the head gathers apatow’s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious, wide-ranging, and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life. It is hilarious and informative and it contains insightful interviews with the greatest comics, comedians, and comediennes of our time.
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Praise for sick in the Head“I can’t stop reading it. At fifteen, he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club—just so he could watch endless stand-up for free.
Born Standing Up: A Comic's LifeScribner #ad - First scribner edition. The memoir of his years in stand-up is candid, spectacularly amusing, and beautifully written. This book is, in his own words, the story of "why I did stand-up and why I walked away. Emmy and grammy award-winner, author of the acclaimed New York Times bestsellers Shopgirl and The Pleasure of My Company, and a regular contributor to The New Yorker, Martin has always been a writer.
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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life #ad - Amazon. In 1981 he quit forever. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up.
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. A new york times bestseller named a best book of the year by npr amy poehler, adam mckay, mel brooks, bill hader, and many more take us deep inside the mysterious world of comedy in this fascinating, George Saunders, Patton Oswalt, laugh-out-loud-funny book. Penguin Books.
It's Garry Shandling's BookRandom House #ad - His diaries show shandling to be self-aware and insightful, revealing a deep philosophical and spiritual side. Contributions by comedians and other leading lights of the industry, as well as people who grew up with Shandling, along with never-before-seen pieces of scripts and brilliant jokes that he never performed, shed new light on every facet of his life and work.
There’s no one better to tell shandling’s story than judd apatow—shandling gave Apatow one of his first jobs and remained his mentor for the rest of his life—and the book expands on Apatow’s Emmy Award-winning HBO documentary, The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling. Here, apatow has gathered journal entries, photographs, and essays for a close-up look at the artist who turned his gaze back onto the world of show business.
. From judd apatow comes an intimate portrait of his mentor, with never-before-seen journal entries and photos, the legendary stand-up comic and star of The Larry Sanders Show, as well as new contributions by fellow comedians and writers. Named one of the best books of the year by new york garry shandling was a singular trailblazer in the comedy world.
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Beyond his success, the industry of art, Shandling struggled with fame, and the childhood loss of his brother, though, which forever affected his personal and professional lives. Penguin Books.
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Scribner. The story of these years, during which he practiced and honed his craft, is moving and revelatory. His memoir of his years in stand-up is candid, spectacularly amusing, and beautifully written. Used book in Good Condition. The dedication to excellence and innovation is formed at an astonishingly early age and never wavers or wanes.
Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life #ad - By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. Martin also paints a portrait of his times—the era of free love and protests against the war in Vietnam, the heady irreverence of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the late sixties, and the transformative new voice of Saturday Night Live in the seventies.
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Da capo Pr. Silman-James Press. Scribner. Used book in Good Condition. How to talk dirty and influence people remains a brilliant existential account of his life and the forces that made him the most important and controversial entertainer in history. Penguin Books.
Almost Interesting: The MemoirDey Street Books #ad - Penguin Books. A hilarious and biting memoir from the actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumni David Spade. David spade is best known for his harsh “hollywood” minute sketches on SNL, his starring roles in movies like Joe Dirt and Tommy Boy, and his seven-year stint as Dennis Finch on the series Just Shoot Me.
Now, with a wit as dry as the weather in his home state of Arizona, the “comic brat extraordinaire” tells his story in Almost Interesting. First taking fans back to his childhood as a wannabe cool younger brother and recounting his excruciating road-tour to fame—when he was regularly mistaken for a ten year-old, Spade then dishes about his time crisscrossing the country as a comedian, for low-paying gigs and dragging along his mother’s old suitcase full of props.
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Truth in Comedy: The Manual for ImprovisationMeriwether Pub #ad - The harold is non-linear entertainment that remembers everything and wastes nothing the key to successful improvising and has become a standard in comedy clubs and improv theatres around the globe. Want to learn the improv techniques that helped mike myers, del close and Charna Halpern, and many others along the road to TV and film stardom? Then let two esteemed founders of long-form improvisational theatre, John Belushi, Chris Farley, teach you the "Harold.
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