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    • Searching for Dave Chappelle

    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Christian Rummel
    • Length: 1 hr and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In 2005, Dave Chappelle left show business at the height of his fame, giving up a small fortune and the hottest new television show in many years. In so doing, he transformed from being one of the greatest comics of his generation into one of the most enigmatic ever. In Searching for Dave Chappelle, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of The New York Times, sorts through the myriad theories and examines what happened to this singular artist.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Missing Chappelle

    • By Cyndi Marie on 11-06-16

    Regular price: $2.99

    • Letterman

    • The Last Giant of Late Night
    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Michael Goldstrom
    • Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In a career spanning more than 30 years, David Letterman redefined the modern talk show with an ironic comic style that transcended traditional television. While he remains one of the most famous stars in America, he is a remote, even reclusive figure whose career is widely misunderstood. In Letterman, Jason Zinoman, the first comedy critic in the history of the New York Times, mixes groundbreaking reporting with unprecedented access and probing critical analysis to explain the unique entertainer's titanic legacy.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Fails to Capture What Made Letterman Great

    • By Richard D. Ross on 04-21-17

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    • Shock Value

    • How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror
    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
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      4.5 out of 5 stars 176
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    Much has been written about the storied New Hollywood of the 1970s, but while Martin Scorsese, Steven Spielberg, and Francis Ford Coppola were making their first classic movies, a parallel universe of directors gave birth to the modern horror film - aggressive, raw, and utterly original. Based on unprecedented access to the genre's major players, New York Times critic Jason Zinoman's Shock Value delivers the first definitive account of horror's golden age.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • A good listen, but narrow in scope

    • By Billy on 01-31-13
    • How a Few Eccentric Outsiders Gave Us Nightmares, Conquered Hollywood, and Invented Modern Horror
    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Pete Larkin
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Release date: 07-01-11
    • 4.5 out of 5 stars 176 ratings

    Regular price: $21.38

    • Dave Chappelle Stumbles Into the #MeToo Moment

    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Kristi Burns
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    In “The Bird Revelation,” the first comedy special to focus on the #MeToo movement, Dave Chappelle, sitting on a stool at the Comedy Store in Los Angeles in November, pauses to give advice to some comedians in the back. “You have a responsibility to speak recklessly,” he says.

    "Dave Chappelle Stumbles Into the #MeToo Moment" is from the January 02, 2018 Entertainment section of The New York Times. It was written by Jason Zinoman and narrated by Kristi Burns.

    Regular price: $0.95

    • Hating Hillary Clinton: Female Comics Skewer the Sexism of the Likability Trap

    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Caroline Miller
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "Hating Hillary Clinton: Female Comics Skewer the Sexism of the Likability Trap" is from the October 9, 2016 Lifestyle section of The New York Times. It was written by Jason Zinoman and narrated by Caroline Miller.

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    • The Circus Is Leaving Town. Forever.

    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    As a small kid growing up in the 1980s, I truly believed that Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus was the greatest show on Earth.

    "The Circus Is Leaving Town. Forever." is from the February 24, 2017 Entertainment section of The New York Times. It was written by Jason Zinoman and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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    • A Lot More Going on Than Four-Letter Words

    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Fleet Cooper
    • Length: 6 mins
    • Unabridged
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    "A Lot More Going on Than Four-Letter Words" is from the November 11, 2016 Entertainment section of The New York Times. It was written by Jason Zinoman and narrated by Fleet Cooper.

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    • Comedy Is Booming; I Can’t Wait for the Bust

    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Barbara Benjamin-Creel
    • Length: 10 mins
    • Unabridged
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    Back in the 1980s, a comedy boom built a nationwide circuit of hundreds of clubs, a crowded new TV genre showcasing stand-up sets and the blockbuster careers of Jerry Seinfeld and Roseanne Barr. The next decade, the boom went bust, with nearly a quarter of the clubs closing and two struggling cable channels merging into one, which later became known as Comedy Central.

    "Comedy Is Booming; I Can’t Wait for the Bust" is from the November 23, 2017 Entertainment section of The New York Times. It was written by Jason Zinoman and narrated by Barbara Benjamin-Creel.

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    • Meet Julio Torres, the New 'SNL' Star No One Sees

    • By: Jason Zinoman
    • Narrated by: Paul Ryden
    • Length: 6 mins
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    At a sleepy show last month in the grim basement of the Broadway Comedy Club, a Midtown spot that feels frozen in time from the 1980s comedy boom, Julio Torres looked at his feet, speaking to a small crowd in a near monotone. “The hardest part about being vegan is the apologies,” he said, to silence. “People ask if I miss meat or dairy. I miss being liked.”

    "Meet Julio Torres, the New 'SNL' Star No One Sees" is from the January 13, 2017 Entertainment section of The New York Times. It was written by Jason Zinoman and narrated by Paul Ryden.

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