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  • 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 255
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 234
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 235

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

Comprehensive and Entertaining

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-17-18

This book is so fascinating in that it gives basically a full history beginning in the early 1900s of comedy in America. The material is comprehensive and interesting the entire way. The only gripe I have is the author does impressions of a select few comedians, and it is very over-the-top and distracting. Not enough to drop it down to 4-stars, but it takes a little away from the content at times.