Funny: The Standups
Funny: The Book is by David Misch
“FUNNY: THE STANDUPS”
— Richard, from the greatest standup performance ever filmed.
— Lenny is maybe more provocative today than ever before.
— Perhaps if it had been carefully explained that “Who” was the man’s actual name, all that confusion could have been avoided.
— Steve Martin brings existentialism to standup.
— Woody was probably the smartest comic in history; this joke made Carson collapse.
— Mel and Carl’s improvised routines made literal and figurative history.
Funny: The Book 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.