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Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of…
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Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America

by Michael Kantor

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A sheer delight. "Make 'Em Laugh" is an excellent historical survey that profiles many of the major funnymen and funnywomen, showcases some of their best lines, and places their work in the context of whatever was going on in theater, vaudeville, burlesque, film and TV at the time (and often society and politics too). Maybe if I'm lucky, PBS will someday rerun the accompanying series. Until then I'll watch Colbert, laugh with Ellen, sing along with Tom Lehrer, and track down old Buster Keaton clips on YouTube to get my comedy fix. ( )
  bostonian71 | Nov 9, 2014 |
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To our wives:
To Kathy, who knows funny, but still loves me.
—MK
To Genevieve, three laughs a day, guaranteed.
—LM
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"Laugh, and the world laughs with you" goes the familiar adage, but around the world people laugh at different things and for different reasons.
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A lighthearted survey of American comedy from the past century and the achievements of its top contributors includes interviews with such figures as Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Cosby, and Ellen DeGeneres.

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