Live From New York

Publisher : Hachette UK
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ISBN : 0316295078
Pages : 800 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (316 users)

Download or read book Live From New York written by Tom Shales and published by Hachette UK. This book was released on 2014-09-09 with total page 800 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales's definitive oral history of Saturday Night Live, hailed as "incredible" (Vulture) and "required reading" (People). When first published to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Saturday Night Live, Live from New York was immediately proclaimed the best book ever produced on the landmark and legendary late-night show. In their own words, unfiltered and uncensored, a dazzling galaxy of trail-blazing talents recalled three turbulent decades of on-camera antics and off-camera escapades. Now decades have passed, and bestselling authors James Andrew Miller and Tom Shales have returned to Studio 8H. Over more than 100 pages of new material, they raucously and revealingly take the SNL story up to the present, adding a constellation of iconic new stars, surprises, and controversies.

Saturday Night Live FAQ

Publisher : Rowman & Littlefield
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ISBN : 1480366862
Pages : 400 pages
Rating Book: 4.8/5 (48 users)

Download or read book Saturday Night Live FAQ written by Stephen Tropiano and published by Rowman & Littlefield. This book was released on 2013-11-01 with total page 400 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE FAQ:EVERYTHING LEFT TO KNOW ABOUT TELEVISION'S LONGEST RUNNING COME

Sketch Comedy

Publisher : Indiana University Press
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ISBN : 0253044278
Pages : 192 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (253 users)

Download or read book Sketch Comedy written by Nick Marx and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 2019-11-01 with total page 192 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: A history of sketch comedy on American television and analysis of what it says about American culture and society. In Sketch Comedy: Identity, Reflexivity, and American Television, Nick Marx examines some of the genre’s most memorable?and controversial?moments from the early days of television to the contemporary line-up. Through explorations of sketches from well-known shows such as Saturday Night Live, The State, Inside Amy Schumer, Key & Peele, and more, Marx argues that the genre has served as a battleground for the struggle between comedians who are pushing the limits of what is possible on television and network executives who are more mindful of the financial bottom line. Whether creating new catchphrases or transgressing cultural taboos, sketch comedies give voice to marginalized performers and audiences, providing comedians and viewers opportunities to test their own ideas about their place in society, while simultaneously echoing mainstream cultural trends. The result, Marx suggests, is a hilarious and flexible form of identity play unlike anything else in American popular culture and media. “An excellent study of a long-neglected area in television/media studies and is part of a larger turn toward the centrality of comedy in post-war U.S. culture.” —Jeffrey Sconce, Northwestern University “A stalwart of television . . . sketch comedy finally gets the in-depth critical attention it deserves . . . Marx shows how sketch comedy has fit (and been constrained by) TV’s industrial contexts, from live variety shows in its earliest days to movement across media in the era of multiple platforms. These case studies not only chart sketch comedy’s past, they provide the theoretical and analytical tools to consider its future.” —Ethan Thompson, Texas A&M University Corpus Christi

Saturday Night Live & American TV

Publisher : Indiana University Press
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ISBN : 025301090X
Pages : 294 pages
Rating Book: 4.5/5 (253 users)

Download or read book Saturday Night Live & American TV written by Nick Marx and published by Indiana University Press. This book was released on 2013-10-02 with total page 294 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Thought-provoking and “undeniably interesting” essays on this cultural institution of comedy and what it says about our society (Booklist). Since 1975, “Live from New York, it’s Saturday Night!” has greeted late night–TV viewers looking for the best in sketch comedy and popular music. SNL is the variety show that launched the careers of countless comedians, including Dan Aykroyd, Chevy Chase, Chris Farley, Will Ferrell, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, and Adam Sandler. Week after week, SNL has produced everything from unforgettable parodies to provocative political satire—adapting to changing times decade after decade while staying true to its original vision of performing timely topical humor. With essays that address issues ranging from race and gender to authorship and comedic performance, Saturday Night Live and American TV follows the history of this iconic show, and its place in the shifting social and media landscape of American television.

More Baths Less Talking

Publisher : McSweeney's
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ISBN : 1938073053
Pages : 146 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (938 users)

Download or read book More Baths Less Talking written by Nick Hornby and published by McSweeney's. This book was released on 2012-08-21 with total page 146 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: “Read what you enjoy, not what bores you,” Nick Hornby tells us. That simple, liberating, and indispensable directive animates each installment of the celebrated critic and author’s monthly column in the Believer. In this delightful and never-musty tour of his reading life, Hornby tells us not just what to read, but how to read. Whether tackling a dismayingly bulky biography of Dickens while his children destroy something in the next room, or getting sucked into a serious assessment of Celine Dion during an intensely fought soccer match featuring his beloved Arsenal, or devouring an entire series of children’s books while on vacation, Hornby’s reviews are rich, witty, and occasionally madcap. These essays capture the joy and ire, the despair and exhilaration of the book-lover’s life, and will appeal equally to both monocle-wearing salonnieres and people, like him, who spend a lot of time thinking about Miley Cyrus’s next role.

Satire & The State

Publisher : Routledge
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ISBN : 0429807309
Pages : 290 pages
Rating Book: 4.2/5 (429 users)

Download or read book Satire & The State written by Matt Fotis and published by Routledge. This book was released on 2020-03-31 with total page 290 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Satire & The State focuses on performance-based satire, most often seen in sketch comedy, from 1960 to the present, and explores how sketch comedy has shaped the way Americans view the president and themselves. Numerous sketch comedy portrayals of presidents that have seeped into the American consciousness – Chevy Chase’s Gerald Ford, Dana Carvey’s George H.W. Bush, and Will Ferrell’s George W. Bush all worked to shape the actual politician’s public persona. The book analyzes these sketches and many others, illustrating how comedy is at the heart of the health and function of American democracy. At its best, satire aimed at the presidency can work as a populist check on executive power, becoming one of the most important weapons for everyday Americans against tyranny and political corruption. At its worst, satire can reflect and promote racism, misogyny, and homophobia in America. Written for students of Theatre, Performance, Political Science, and Media Studies courses, as well as readers with an interest in political comedy, Satire & The State offers a deeper understanding of the relationship between comedy and the presidency, and the ways in which satire becomes a window into the culture, principles, and beliefs of a country.

The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years

Publisher : Macmillan
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ISBN : 1466872853
Pages : 544 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (466 users)

Download or read book The Fifty-Year Mission: The Complete, Uncensored, Unauthorized Oral History of Star Trek: The First 25 Years written by Edward Gross and published by Macmillan. This book was released on 2016-06-28 with total page 544 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This is the unauthorized, uncensored and unbelievable true story behind the making of a pop culture phenomenon. The original Star Trek series debuted in 1966 and has spawned five TV series spin-offs and a dozen feature films, with an upcoming one from Paramount arriving in 2016. The Fifty-Year Mission is a no-holds-barred oral history of five decades of Star Trek, told by the people who were there. Hear from the hundreds of television and film executives, programmers, writers, creators and cast as they unveil the oftentimes shocking story of Star Trek's ongoing fifty-year mission -a mission that has spanned from the classic series to the animated show, the many attempts at a relaunch through the beloved feature films. Make no mistake, this isn't just a book for Star Trek fans. Here is a volume for all fans of pop culture and anyone interested in the nuts and bolts of a television touchstone.

Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion

Publisher : Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG
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ISBN : 3110570971
Pages : 423 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (11 users)

Download or read book Slapstick: An Interdisciplinary Companion written by Ervin Malakaj and published by Walter de Gruyter GmbH & Co KG. This book was released on 2021-10-25 with total page 423 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Despite its unabated popularity with audiences, slapstick has received rather little scholarly attention, mostly by scholars concentrating on the US theater and cinema traditions. Nonetheless, as a form of physical humor slapstick has a long history across various areas of cultural production. This volume approaches slapstick both as a genre of situational physical comedy and as a mode of communicating an affective situation captured in various cultural products. Contributors to the volume examine cinematic, literary, dramatic, musical, and photographic texts and performances. From medieval chivalric romance and nineteenth-century theater to contemporary photography, the contributors study treatments of slapstick across media, periods and geographic locations. The aim of a study of such wide scope is to demonstrate how slapstick emerged from a variety of complex interactions among different traditions and by extension, to illustrate that slapstick can be highly productive for interdisciplinary research.

Something Happened

Publisher : Columbia University Press
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ISBN : 0231500513
Pages : 296 pages
Rating Book: 4.3/5 (231 users)

Download or read book Something Happened written by Edward D. Berkowitz and published by Columbia University Press. This book was released on 2005-12-27 with total page 296 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: In both the literal and metaphorical senses, it seemed as if 1970s America was running out of gas. The decade not only witnessed long lines at gas stations but a citizenry that had grown weary and disillusioned. High unemployment, runaway inflation, and the energy crisis, caused in part by U.S. dependence on Arab oil, characterized an increasingly bleak economic situation. As Edward D. Berkowitz demonstrates, the end of the postwar economic boom, Watergate, and defeat in Vietnam led to an unraveling of the national consensus. During the decade, ideas about the United States, how it should be governed, and how its economy should be managed changed dramatically. Berkowitz argues that the postwar faith in sweeping social programs and a global U.S. mission was replaced by a more skeptical attitude about government's ability to positively affect society. From Woody Allen to Watergate, from the decline of the steel industry to the rise of Bill Gates, and from Saturday Night Fever to the Sunday morning fervor of evangelical preachers, Berkowitz captures the history, tone, and spirit of the seventies. He explores the decade's major political events and movements, including the rise and fall of détente, congressional reform, changes in healthcare policies, and the hostage crisis in Iran. The seventies also gave birth to several social movements and the "rights revolution," in which women, gays and lesbians, and people with disabilities all successfully fought for greater legal and social recognition. At the same time, reaction to these social movements as well as the issue of abortion introduced a new facet into American political life-the rise of powerful, politically conservative religious organizations and activists. Berkowitz also considers important shifts in American popular culture, recounting the creative renaissance in American film as well as the birth of the Hollywood blockbuster. He discusses how television programs such as All in the Family and Charlie's Angels offered Americans both a reflection of and an escape from the problems gripping the country.

American Political Humor: Masters of Satire and Their Impact on U.S. Policy and Culture [2 volumes]

Publisher : ABC-CLIO
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ISBN : 1440854866
Pages : 680 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (44 users)

Download or read book American Political Humor: Masters of Satire and Their Impact on U.S. Policy and Culture [2 volumes] written by Jody C. Baumgartner and published by ABC-CLIO. This book was released on 2019-10-31 with total page 680 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: This two-volume set surveys the profound impact that political humor and satire have had on American culture and politics over the years, paying special attention to the explosion of political humor in today's wide-ranging and turbulent media environment. • Documents the history of political humor in the United States in all of its many forms, with the bulk of coverage weighted toward contemporary political satire and satirists • Covers writers, cartoonists, radio personalities, television and movie performers, and internet celebrities • Profiles influential television programs, movies, and other forms of entertainment that have made their mark on American politics and culture • Includes a chronology of events

Research Anthology on Service Learning and Community Engagement Teaching Practices

Publisher : IGI Global
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ISBN : 166843878X
Pages : 1604 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (668 users)

Download or read book Research Anthology on Service Learning and Community Engagement Teaching Practices written by Management Association, Information Resources and published by IGI Global. This book was released on 2021-12-30 with total page 1604 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The need for more empathetic and community-focused students must begin with educators, as service-learning has begun to grow in popularity throughout the years. By implementing service and community aspects into the classroom at an early age, educators have a greater chance of influencing students and creating a new generation of service-minded individuals who care about their communities. Teachers must have the necessary skills and current information available to them to provide students with quality service learning and community engagement curricula. The Research Anthology on Service Learning and Community Engagement Teaching Practices provides a thorough investigation of the current trends, best practices, and challenges of teaching practices for service learning and community engagement. Using innovative research, it outlines the struggles, frameworks, and recommendations necessary for educators to engage students and provide them with a comprehensive education in service learning. Covering topics such as lesson planning, teacher education, and cultural humility, it is a crucial reference for educators, administrators, universities, lesson planners, researchers, academicians, and students.

We Killed

Publisher : Sarah Crichton Books
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ISBN : 1466828110
Pages : 336 pages
Rating Book: 4.6/5 (466 users)

Download or read book We Killed written by Yael Kohen and published by Sarah Crichton Books. This book was released on 2012-10-16 with total page 336 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: No matter how many times female comedians buck the conventional wisdom, people continue to ask: "Are women funny?" The question has been nagging at women off and on (mostly on) for the past sixty years. It's incendiary, much discussed, and, as proven in Yael Kohen's fascinating oral history, totally wrongheaded. In We Killed, Kohen pieces together the revolution that happened to (and by) women in American comedy, gathering the country's most prominent comediennes and the writers, producers, nightclub owners, and colleagues who revolved around them. She starts in the 1950s, when comic success meant ridiculing and desexualizing yourself; when Joan Rivers and Phyllis Diller emerged as America's favorite frustrated ladies; when the joke was always on them. Kohen brings us into the sixties and seventies, when the appearance of smart, edgy comedians (Elaine May, Lily Tomlin) and the women's movement brought a new wave of radicals: the women of SNL, tough-ass stand-ups, and a more independent breed on TV (Mary Tyler Moore and her sisters). There were battles to fight and preconceptions to shake before we could arrive in a world in which women like Chelsea Handler, Sarah Silverman, and Tina Fey can be smart, attractive, sexually confident—and, most of all, flat-out funny. As the more than 150 people interviewed for this riveting oral history make clear, women have always been funny. It's just that every success has been called an exception and every failure an example of the rule. And as each generation of women has developed its own style of comedy, the coups of the previous era are washed away and a new set of challenges arises. But the result is the same: They kill. A chorus of creative voices and hilarious storytelling, We Killed is essential cultural and social history, and—as it should be!—great entertainment.

This Is a Book About the Kids in the Hall

Publisher : ECW Press
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ISBN : 1770909206
Pages : 300 pages
Rating Book: 4.7/5 (77 users)

Download or read book This Is a Book About the Kids in the Hall written by Semley, John and published by ECW Press. This book was released on 2016-10-11 with total page 300 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: The first book to explore their history, legacy, and influence This is a book about the Kids in the Hall „ the legendary Canadian sketch comedy troupe formed in Toronto in 1984 and best known for the innovative, hilarious, zeitgeist-capturing sketch show The Kids in the Hall „ told by the people who were there, namely the Kids themselves. John SemleyÍs thoroughly researched book is rich with interviews with Dave Foley, Mark McKinney, Bruce McCulloch, Kevin McDonald, and Scott Thompson, as well as Lorne Michaels and comedians speaking to the KidsÍ legacy: Janeane Garofalo, Tim Heidecker, Nathan Fielder, and others. It also turns a criticÍs eye on that legacy, making a strong case for the massive influence the Kids have exerted, both on alternative comedy and on pop culture more broadly. The Kids in the Hall were like a band: a group of weirdoes brought together, united by a common sensibility. And, much like a band, theyÍre always better when theyÍre together. This is a book about friendship, collaboration, and comedy „ and about clashing egos, lost opportunities, and one-upmanship. This is a book about the head-crushing, cross-dressing, inimitable Kids in the Hall.

OTAY! THE BILLY "BUCKWHEAT" THOMAS STORY

Publisher : BearManor Media
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Pages : 160 pages
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Download or read book OTAY! THE BILLY "BUCKWHEAT" THOMAS STORY written by William Thomas, Jr. and published by BearManor Media. This book was released on 2015-06-14 with total page 160 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: William Thomas, the man known as "Buckwheat," one of the most beloved characters in the history of the Our Gang and Little Rascals films, rose from obscurity to become an American icon. Billy's heritage grew to be more than the ninety-three comedies in which he appeared as Buckwheat. He was a husband, father, and soldier. Several generations have come to know Buckwheat as if he was a real person, but few knew Billy, the man behind the myth. In "Otay!" The Billy "Buckwheat" Thomas Story, William Thomas, Jr., Billy's son, joins with acclaimed author David W. Menefee to brush back the sands of time and unearth the facts beneath the fable. For the first time, the true story is told how producer Hal Roach, Sr. plucked three-year-old Billy from hundreds of children and raised him on a pedestal before an adoring public. For a decade, Billy was the most prominent Black American in motion pictures, but World War Two brought an end to the famous comedy series and a halt to his film career. Billy went on to live a private, nearly normal life, married, fathered an adorable child, and then answered the call to arms and enlisted in the US Army during the Korean War. Years later, imposters attempted to steal his limelight, but Billy forgave the offense with his characteristic, childlike good humor. In an era when most Black American actors were struggling to gain a foothold in Hollywood, Billy achieved a lasting legacy. Enjoy the timeless tale of a baby superstar, who once shown brightly on movie screens during Hollywood's "Golden Years" and still fascinates audiences today. (our gang complete collection, our gang action figures, our gang blu ray, our gang dvd, our gang little rascals, our gang silents, our gang t shirt, our gang vhs, little rascals our gang, little rascals amazon instant video, little rascals blu ray, little rascals complete collection, little rascals dvd, little rascals episode, little rascals figures, little rascals grooving, little rascals hat, little rascals instant video, little rascals legend, little rascals movie, little rascals our gang, little rascals poster, little rascals rent, little rascals save the day, little rascals t shirt, little rascals vhs, little rascals watch now, film history, cinema, Hollywood history in pictures, cinema history, cinema studies, cinema sex, cinema 4D, cinema lighting, cinema secrets, cinema today, film comedy king)

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Publisher : iUniverse
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ISBN : 0595318819
Pages : 382 pages
Rating Book: 4.9/5 (595 users)

Download or read book Books written by and published by iUniverse. This book was released on with total page 382 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt:

Stuff I've Been Reading

Publisher : Penguin UK
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ISBN : 0241967961
Pages : 272 pages
Rating Book: 4.4/5 (241 users)

Download or read book Stuff I've Been Reading written by Nick Hornby and published by Penguin UK. This book was released on 2013-11-07 with total page 272 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Stuff I've Been Reading by Nick Hornby - the bestselling novelist's rich, witty and inspiring reading diary 'Read what you enjoy, not what bores you,' Nick Hornby tells us. And in this new collection of his columns from the Believer magazine he shows us how it's done. From historical tomes to comic books, literary novels to children's stories, political thrillers to travel writing, Stuff I've Been Reading details Nick's thoughts and experiences on books by George Orwell, J.M. Barrie, Muriel Spark, Claire Tomalin, Charles Dickens, Mark Twain, Jennifer Egan, Ian McEwan, Cormac McCarthy and many, many more. This wonderfully entertaining journey in reading differs from all other reviews or critical appreciations - it takes into account the role that books actually play in our lives. This book, which is classic Hornby, confirms the novelist's status as one of the world's most exciting curators of culture. It will be loved by fans of About a Boy and High Fidelity, as well as readers of Will Self, Zadie Smith, Stewart Lee and Charlie Brooker.

The Second City Unscripted

Publisher : Northwestern University Press
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ISBN : 0810128446
Pages : 303 pages
Rating Book: 4.1/5 (81 users)

Download or read book The Second City Unscripted written by Mike Thomas and published by Northwestern University Press. This book was released on 2012-06-30 with total page 303 pages. Available in PDF, EPUB and Kindle. Book excerpt: Descriptions of Chicago's Second City comedy theater group as told to the author by troup members and historical information collected by the author.