Make 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
Michael Kantor & Laurence Maslon
Twelve, 2008 (2008)
Reviewed by Ricki Marking-Camuto
ake 'Em Laugh: The Funny Business of America
by Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor is the quintessential coffee table book for comedy lovers.
his richly pictured and easily readable tome covers the six types of comedy or comedians (
Satire and Parody
Smart-Alecks and Wiseguys
Nerds, Jerks, Oddballs, and Slackers
Breadwinners and Homemakers
) found in America. Under each category, various comedians or TV shows that use that type of comedy are covered in just the right amount – not too much that it becomes a bear to read a chapter, but enough to really get a feel for the person or program.
ven though this is the companion to the PBS series of the same name, it stands well on its own.
Make 'Em Laugh
is the type of book both you and your guests can enjoy at any time. Leave it sitting out for quick reference next time your favorite funny man (or woman) comes on TV for a deeper look at what makes America laugh.
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