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Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life

Steve Martin

In the midseventies, Steve Martin exploded onto the comedy scene. By 1978 he was the biggest concert draw in the history of stand-up. In 1981 he quit forever. This book is, in his own words, the story of 'why I did stand-up and why I ...

Published: Sep 2008

It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Rec...

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor

A rapier-sharp, hilariously irreverent collection of true-life essays from the beloved author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay. Stefanie Wilder-Taylor has never been one to take the conventional route. Whether financing a move to ...

Published: Sep 2010

Here's the Deal: Don't Touch Me

Howie Mandel

A frank, funny, no-holds-barred memoir that reveals the Deal or No Deal host's ongoing struggle with OCD and ADHD–and how it has shaped his life and career. Howie Mandel is one of the most recognizable names in entertainment–respe...

Published: Sep 2010

My Point...And I Do Have One

Ellen DeGeneres

In this #1 New York Times bestseller, Ellen DeGeneres shares her hilarious take on everything from our most baffling human foibles–including how we behave in elevators, airplanes, and restrooms, and why we're so scared of the boogey...

Published: Sep 2007

Last Words

George Carlin

As one of America's preeminent comedic voices, George Carlin saw it all throughout his extraordinary fifty-year career and made fun of most of it. Last Words is the story of the man behind some of the most seminal comedy of the last h...

Published: Nov 2010

My Booky Wook

Russell Brand

In 2006 Russell Brand exploded onto the international comedy scene. He has been named Time Out's Comedian of the Year, Best Newcomer at the British Comedy Awards, and Most Stylish Man by GQ's Men. His UK stand-up tour was sold out an...

Published: Aug 2008

Men Are Stupid . . . And They Like Bi...

Joan Rivers

Red-carpet fashion laureate, comic icon, and outspoken superstar Joan Rivers is uniquely qualified to talk about plastic surgery -- because she's one of the few celebrities unafraid to admit to the world what she's 'had done' to keep ...

Published: Dec 2009

When You Lie About Your Age, the Terr...

Carol Leifer

Stand-up comic and comedy writer Carol Leifer faced a critical dilemma and had only two options: either continue sharing her greatest childhood memory (seeing the Beatles at Shea Stadium in 1966) or lie about her age. But the choice s...

Published: Jan 2010


Jay Mohr

Now in paperback, the revelatory and surprising memoir of life behind the scenes at Saturday Night Live, by former cast member Jay Mohr his insider account of the inner workings of Saturday Night Live provides the scoop on quirky gues...

Published: Jul 2005

Happy Endings: The Tales of a Meaty-B...

Jim Norton

Jim Norton is a pervertin the truest sense of the word. The physical equivalent of a tall slug, he pays top dollar for massages with happy endings and is fascinated by shitty sitcoms and fat girls. He is also, at times, racially offen...

Published: Jun 2008

The Making of a Stand-Up Guy

Charlie Murphy

PAs one of the most popular performers on Comedy Central's mega-hit The Chappelle Show, Charlie Murphy—older brother of comedy legend Eddie Murphy—shares his passion for comedy and tells his true Hollywood stories in this juicy an...

Published: Jul 2011

At My Mother's Knee

Paul O'Grady

In his own uniquely acid tongue, Paul O'Grady traces the hilarious tales of life in Irish Catholic Birkenhead that took him from a virtuous altar-boy ('my first drag') to Britain's best loved entertainer. It's a life that includes, va...

Published: Aug 2009

The Chris Farley Show: A Biography in...

Jr. Farley

The New York Times bestselling biography of an American comedy legendAfter three years of sobriety, Chris Farley's life was at its creative peak until a string of professional disappointments chased him back to drugs and alcohol. He f...

Published: Jun 2009

Official Book Club Selection: A Memoi...

Kathy Griffin

A Conversation with Kathy Griffin:Q: State your name and profession.KG: My name is Kathy Griffin, and I am a teller of d**k jokes. And a plumber.Q: This is your first book. Had you ever considered writing anything before? A novel? Or ...

Published: Jun 2010

Dangerously Funny: The Uncensored Sto...

David Bianculli

A dramatic behind-the-scenes look at the rise and fall of The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour—the provocative, politically charged program that shocked the censors, outraged the White House, and forever changed the face of television....

Published: Oct 2010

Rickles' Book: A Memoir

Don Rickles

Why you need to buy RICKLES' Book immediately:RICKLES' BOOK will help you win friends and influence people.RICKLES' BOOK will introduce you to all of his famous friends, from Frank Sinatra to Johnny Carson.RICKLES' BOOK will help you ...

Published: Jun 2008

There's Nothing in This Book That I M...

Paula Poundstone

Part memoir, part monologue, with a dash of startling honesty, 'There’ s Nothing in This Book That I Meant to Say' features biographies of legendary historical figures from which Paula Poundstone can’ t help digressing to ...

Published: Nov 2007

Bob Hope: The Road Well-Traveled

Lawrence J. Quirk

Lawrence J. Quirk delves into every personal and professional aspect of Bob Hope's long, complex and dramatic life; rising by sheer dint of will to great wealth and fame. Why did Hope become so identified with sponsoring the Vietnam W...

Published: Nov 2000

I'm the One That I Want

Margaret Cho

Comedian. Icon. TV star. Role model. Trash talker. Fag hag. Gypsy. Tramp. Thief. Margaret Cho displays her numerous sides in this funny, fierce, and honest memoir. As one of the country's most visible Asian Americans, she has a unique...

Published: Apr 2002

Black Is the New White

Paul Mooney

Too Black for Hollywood is the fascinating and fearless memoir of one of the most enduring and brilliant comedic minds of all time.

Published: Jul 2010
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