Funny Stuff

To celebrate the great foolish holiday of April first, we are highlighting some of our books about funny people and funny topics!

Funny: The Book (coming this June from Applause Books)
Funny: The Book by David Misch is an entertaining look at the art of comedy, from its historical roots to the latest scientific findings, with diversions into the worlds of movies (Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers), television (The Office), prose (Woody Allen, Robert Benchley), theater (The Front Page), jokes and stand-up comedy (Richard Pryor, Steve Martin), as well as personal reminiscences from the author’s experiences on such TV programs as Mork and Mindy.

Why Is That So Funny? (out now from Limelight Editions)
Why Is That So Funny: A Practical Exploration of Physical Comedy by John Wright is a unique exploration of the principles and practice of physical comedy that starts with a discussion of the various types of laughter that can be provoked by performance. It then presents graduated sequences of over a hundred games and exercises devised to demonstrate and investigate the whole range of comic possibilities open to a performer. The result is an intensely practical and thoroughly stimulating investigation of how comedy works in physical terms.

Black Comedians on Black Comedy (out now from Applause Books)
Black Comedians on Black Comedy by Darryl Littleton is the only up-to-date book to examine African-American humor. Comedian Darryl Littleton traces the history and evolution of “black comedy” in his narrative and through the 125 interviews he conducted with some of the top African-American comedians in the world.
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If You Like Monty Python…
If You Like Monty Python… by Zack Handlen is the first book to look at everything influenced by the Pythons, but also at those who came before them – from the classic British comedies to the Marx Brothers, and everything in the Python universe, from Fawlty Towers and A Fish Called Wanda to Spamalot and BrazilIf You Like…Monty Python is a book for any fan who has graduated from the Ministry of Silly Walks and wants more.

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About HLPAPG

Hal Leonard Performing Arts Publishing Group, the trade book division of Hal Leonard Corporations, publishes books on the performing arts under the imprints Hal Leonard Books, Backbeat Books, Amadeus Press, and Applause Theatre and Cinema Books.

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