If you haven't listened to my conversation with Kliph yet you can check it out here. Below is a compilation of the stuff Kliph recommended at the end of the show. Dave
Favourite Fictional TV show about Comedy/Comedian?
The Comedian (Playhouse 90) 1957 Dir: J Frankenheimer
It starred Mickey Rooney as … the star of a live American comedy show, variety show, in the 50s and the whole teleplay is about the backstage drama of this guy who causes chaos. Who browbeats his brother, who browbeats his stage hands, who is a total unfunny monster off stage but beloved by all of America onstage.”
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Favourite Comedy Documentary?
“I have different ones from different eras but I love the Jerry Seinfeld documentary The Comedian. It’s funny, my book is called The Comedians, my favourite teleplay is called The Comedian and my favourite documentary is called Comedian. When it came out in DVD form in 2003 it had an audio commentary track by Colin Quinn and Jerry Seinfeld which is just as good if not better than the documentary itself.”
Kliph Nesteroff joins me on the show to discuss his bestselling book The Comedians; Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy. The Comedians chronicles the evolution of comedy from interval acts in burlesque shows, through its growth on radio and tv, to the glory days of Las Vegas and the comedy clubs, before finishing on the comedy of the new millenium.
The Comedians expertly blends deep research, anecdotes, and gossip to give us the definitive history of comedy and comedians but it also a social history of the US since the early 20th century. Kliph was a brilliant guest and his own origins are as fascinating as many of the people he chronicles.
During our conversation we discuss;
How Leo Tolstoy saved his grandparents from the gulags.
His first experience of live comedy.
His years as a stand-up comedian.
His love of counterculture.
The time he worked in a halfway house for heroin, crack, and meth heads.
Why Richard Pryor is so important to modern comedians.
Why comedy is full of white, middle-aged guys.
The types of personalities that are attracted to comedy(narcissistic personality disorder).
Kliph was a brilliant guest and it was great having him on the show. Enjoy, Dave.