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  • I'm Dying Up Here

  • Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Era
  • By: William Knoedelseder
  • Narrated by: William Dufris
  • Length: 8 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 223
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 180
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 182

I'm Dying Up Here chronicles the collective coming of age of the standup comedians who defined American humor during the past three decades. Born early in the Baby Boom, they grew up watching The Tonight Show, went to school during Vietnam and Watergate, migrated en masse to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, and created an artistic community unlike any before or since. They were arguably the funniest people of their generation, living in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams, and laughter.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Nails on a chalkboard narration.

  • By Derek on 03-15-18

great depiction of real stand-up.

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 06-03-18

I loved it! I'm a borderline obsessive fan of stand-up. this book fed my osession.

  • The Comedians

  • Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy
  • By: Kliph Nesteroff
  • Narrated by: Kliph Nesteroff
  • Length: 15 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 254
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 233
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234

In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over 200 original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff's groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past 100 years.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Good stories, but...

  • By Susan on 04-16-18

best book ever!

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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars
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5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 01-23-18

I learned so much! it was like a class about comedy, vaudeville to present day.

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