The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater

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Villard #ad - From the smash hits and near misses to the love affairs and the bitter feuds, from the showbiz politics and pitfalls to the inspired tomfoolery and heartbreaking tragedy, part time capsule from a comedic renaissance, The Second City Unscripted is part memoir of a cherished era, and part valentine to the exquisite art of being funny.

Here are candid tales of john belushi’s raw ambition and chemical experimentation, superstar Mel Gibson’s roof-raising appearance in Braveheart regalia, Bill Murray’s heckler-pummeling and lady-killing, and legendary director Del Close’s shuttling between the comedic asylum he ruled over and the real one he rehabbed in.

In this unvarnished, unexpurgated, backstage, and unprecedented account, what happened onstage, and offstage at Second City isn’t staying there anymore. It captures like never before the history of the men and women who caught lightning–and laughter–in a bottle. From the Hardcover edition. In 1959, cigarettes, conversation, a group of like-minded Chicagoans joined forces to open a hip new venue dedicated to coffee, and comedy.

The Second City Unscripted: Revolution and Revelation at the World-Famous Comedy Theater #ad - Now, in the second city unscripted, amy sedaris, dan aykroyd, a who’s who of the celebrated comedy camp’s alumni–including Alan Arkin, Eugene Levy, David Steinberg, Harold Ramis, and Stephen Colbert–tell it like it was in the house that hilarity built. The result, rapid-fire, a nightly cabaret featuring a troupe of inventive young actors skewering everything from politics to popular culture in witty, improvised scenes, not only made delighted audiences laugh–it made history.

Copping its iconic name from a new york journalist’s disparaging remark, Chicago’s Second City theater brashly defied the role of runner-up and single-handedly made the Windy City North America’s cradle of comedic brilliance from which generations of household names would spring.

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The Tao of Bill Murray: Real-Life Stories of Joy, Enlightenment, and Party Crashing

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Random House #ad - Perfect for the bill murray fan in all of us, absurdity, this epic collection of “Bill Murray stories”—many reported for the first time here—distills a set of guiding principles out of his extraordinary ability to infuse the everyday with surprise, and wonder. No one will ever believe you. New york times bestselling author gavin edwards, like the rest of us, has always been fascinated with Bill Murray—in particular the beloved actor’s adventures off-screen, which rival his filmography for sheer entertainment value.

. A fun and revealing look behind the charm and mythos of Bill Murray that will only strengthen his legend. Kirkus reviews“this book is bursting with anecdotes that underline Murray’s unconventional and fun-loving life. Bill once paid a child five dollars to ride his bike into a swimming pool. A sideways mix of comedy and philosophy, full of photo bombs, and movie-set antics, this is the perfect book for anyone who calls themselves a Bill Murray fan—which is to say, late-night party crashes, everyone.

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Tough Sh*t: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good

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Avery #ad - Along the way, folks who befuddled him like bruce Willis, and folks who let him jerk off onto their legs like his beloved wife, Kev shares stories about folks who inspired him like George Carlin, Jen. So make this your daily reader. Kev takes you through some big moments in his life to help you live your days in as Gretzky a fashion as you can: going where the puck is gonna be.

So here’s some tough shit: Kevin Smith has cracked the code. Or, he’s just cracked. Tough sh*t is the dirty business that Kevin has been digesting for 41 years and now, he’s ready to put it in your hands. He makes movies, owns a store, and now he’s built a podcasting empire with his friends and family, writes comics, including a wife who’s way out of his league.

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That kevin smith? the guy who did “clerks” a million years ago? didn’t they bounce his fat ass off a plane once? What could you possibly learn from the director of “Cop Out”? How about this: he changed filmmaking forever when he was twenty-three, and since then, he’s done whatever the hell he wants.

. Hell, read it on the toilet if you want.

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Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned

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Random House #ad - Now alan alda has written a memoir as elegant, funny, and affecting as his greatest performances. My mother didn’t try to stab my father until I was six, ” begins Alda’s irresistible story. It is a moving and funny story of a boy growing into a man who then realizes he has only just begun to grow. Yet never have your dog Stuffed is not a memoir of show-business ups and downs.

. It is the story of turning points in Alda’s life, events that would make him what he is–if only he could survive them. From the moment as a boy when his dead dog is returned from the taxidermist’s shop with a hideous expression on his face, both personally and professionally, to the decades-long effort to find compassion for the mother he lived with but never knew, and transformation are what life is made of, uncertainty, and he learns that death can’t be undone, to his acceptance of his father, Alda learns the hard way that change, and true happiness is found in embracing them.

Never Have Your Dog Stuffed: And Other Things I've Learned #ad - Never have your dog stuffed, and honesty, good humor, filled with curiosity about nature, author, but surprisingly, and director, is the crowning achievement of an actor, it is the story of a life more filled with turbulence and laughter than any Alda has ever played on the stage or screen. From the Hardcover edition.

He’s one of america’s most recognizable and acclaimed actors–a star on Broadway, and directing, and the only person to ever win Emmys for acting, an Oscar nominee for The Aviator, writing, during his eleven years on M*A*S*H. The son of a popular actor and a loving but mentally ill mother, he spent his early childhood backstage in the erotic and comic world of burlesque and went on, after early struggles, to achieve extraordinary success in his profession.

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Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me

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Bantam #ad - Now, for the first time, he reveals the details of his struggle with these challenging disorders. National bestselleran engaging no-holds-barred memoir that reveals howie Mandel’s ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD—and how it has shaped his life  Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment.

But there are aspects of his personal and professional life he’s never talked about publicly—until now. He speaks candidly about the ways his condition has affected his personal life—as a son, husband, and father of three. Along the way, the versatile performer reveals “the deal” behind his remarkable rise through the show-business ranks, sharing never-before-told anecdotes about his career.

Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me #ad - As heartfelt as it is hilarious,  here’s the deal: Don’t Touch Me is the story of one man’s effort to draw comic inspiration out of his darkest, most vulnerable places. Twelve years ago, Mandel first told the world about his “germophobia. He’s recently started discussing his adult ADHD as well.

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Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation

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It Books #ad - In her book self-inflicted wounds, aisha tyler recounts a series of epic mistakes and hilarious stories of crushing personal humiliation, and cohost of CBS’s daytime hit show The Talk, comedian, actress, and the personal insights and authentic wisdom she gathered along the way. The essays in self-inflicted wounds are refreshingly and sometimes brutally honest, and laugh-out-loud funny, vividly translating the brand of humor Tyler has cultivated through her successful standup career, surprising, as well as the strong voice and unique point of view she expresses on her taste-making comedy podcast Girl on Guy.

Riotous, revealing, and wonderfully relatable, Aisha Tyler’s Self-Inflicted Wounds: Heartwarming Tales of Epic Humiliation is about the power of calamity to shape life, learning, and success.

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Away with Words: An Irreverent Tour Through the World of Pun Competitions

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Harper Perennial #ad - As someone who is terminally self-conscious, Joe was both awed and jealous of these people who confidently killed with the most maligned form of humor. Berkowitz’s search to discover who makes them the most, leads him to the professional comedian competitors on @Midnight, the writing staff of Bob’s Burgers, and why, a TV show with a pun competition built into it, the punniest show on TV, and even a humor research conference.

Henry pun off world Championship, an annual tournament in Austin, Texas. Puns may show up in life in subtle ways sometimes, but once you start thinking in puns you discover they’re everywhere. Fast company reporter joe berkowitz investigates the bizarre and hilarious world of pun competitions from the Punderdome 3000 in Brooklyn to the World competition in Austin.

Away with Words: An Irreverent Tour Through the World of Pun Competitions #ad - When joe berkowitz witnessed his first Punderdome competition, it felt wrong in the best way. The kinds of jokes we learn to repress through social conditioning were not only being aired out in public—they were being applauded. Its pinnacle is the O. With his new unlikely band of punster brothers, he finally heads to Austin to compete in the World Championship.

In this immersive ride into the subversive world of pun competitions, we meet punsters weird and wonderful and Berkowitz is our tour guide. As it turned out, this monthly show was part of a subculture that’s been around in one form or another since at least the late ‘70s.

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Ultimate Book of Jokes: The Essential Collection of More Than 1,500 Jokes

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Chronicle Books LLC #ad - From road-crossing chickens and classic knock knock jokes to the naughty, no subject goes unmocked in this collection of over 1, 500 jokes, nice, and totally soused, packaged in a deluxe embossed board cover with 2-color line art throughout. Scott mcneeley, author of ultimate book of Card Games, mined decades worth of jokes to find chuckle-inducing punch lines for joke lovers of all stripes from yo mamma aficionados to naughty limerick connoisseurs.

Whether you re making a toast at a wedding, trying to break the ice at a party, or just want to make your boss giggle, the Ultimate Book of Jokes is the first and last resource you'll ever need.

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Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway

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Ballantine Books #ad - Just in time, dave barry supplies the wholly original, Washington, much needed history and guide to the new American politics and its three capitals, D. C. Austin, and South Florida. Bush the man will spare nothing for his art Barry has instead outdone himself. Below the beltway includes barry's stirring account of how the united states was born, not to ask "What can our country do for us, the people, including his version of a properly rewritten Declaration When in the course of human events it behooves us, anyway?" but rather whether we have anything to fear except fear itself.

. And a revised constitution section iI: The House of Representatives shall be composed of people who own at least two dark suits and have not been indicted recently. Dave also cracks the income tax code, congressional hearing difficulties, explains the growths of government, and the persistent rumors of the influence of capital in the Capitol.

Dave Barry Hits Below the Beltway #ad - . Though he himself has covered many campaigns, run for President several times, and run for cover at the rainy inauguration of George W. No surprise: it's hilarious. Understanding the urgent need for a deeply thoughtful balanced book to explain our national political process, Dave Barry has not even come close.

Among other civic contributions, his tour of Washington, D.

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Oh, the Things I Know!

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Plume #ad - Filled with wisdom, oh, and practical tips you can put to work right away, observations, the Things I Know! is a cradle-to-grave guide to living, an easy-to-follow user's manual for human existence. What does a megasuccess like Al Franken—bestselling author, Emmy-award winning television star, sitting U.

S. The person you can actually attract!", all the way to the golden years of senior citizenship "Oh, into the joys of marriage and parenthood "Oh, Just Looking at Your Spouse Will Make Your Skin Crawl!", the Nursing Home You'll Wind Up In!". Franken—on a journey that will take you from your first job "Oh, through the perils and pitfalls of your twenties and thirties "Oh, Are You Going to Hate Your First Job!", the Person of Your Dreams vs.

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Al himself says, "There's no point in getting advice from hopeless failures. Join Mr. Don't travel life's lonesome highway by yourself. Senator, and honorary Ph.

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What Are You Laughing At?: How to Write Humor for Screenplays, Stories, and More

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Allworth #ad - If laughter is the best medicine, be prepared to feel fit as a fiddle after perusing these pages. Additionally, readers are given sage advice on different tactics for writing comedic fiction versus comedic nonfiction. Some of the topics discussed include:life experience versus imaginationhow to use humor to develop theme/setting, and with new information on writing short, and dialogueRhythm and sound of wordsVulgarity and bad tasteHow to market your humor prose in the digital marketThoroughly revised and updated, character, humorous films, What Are You Laughing at? is your endless source to learning the art of comedy.

People have forgotten how to be funny, ” says chris vogler in his foreword to What Are You Laughing at? Luckily, experienced and award-winning humor writer Brad Schreiber is here to remind us all how it’s done. Brad’s clever wit and well-timed punch lines are sure to leave you grasping your sides, while his wise advice will ensure that you’re able to follow in his comedic footsteps.

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