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I'm Dying Up Here : Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era - William Knoedelseder

I'm Dying Up Here

Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-Up Comedy's Golden Era

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In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from all across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. It was Comedy Camelot—but it couldn’t last.

William Knoedelseder, then a cub reporter covering the scene for the Los Angeles Times, was there when the comedians—who were not paid for performing—tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. In I’m Dying Up Here he tells the whole story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there.

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
Prologue: A True Comicp. 1
Blood Brothersp. 9
The Hippest Roomp. 19
Mitzi's Storep. 31
Tom, Dave, and Georgep. 45
All About Buddp. 59
Six Minutes, Twenty-two Laughsp. 65
The Boys' Clubp. 71
Guns, Drugs, and Westwoodp. 81
Comedy Universityp. 87
Richard's Baroness, Steve's Moviep. 93
The Funniest Year Everp. 101
Roommatesp. 111
The New Year's Resolutionp. 117
Drugs and Theftp. 125
Order, Pleasep. 135
Diary of a Young Comicp. 141
The Gauntletp. 147
Comedians for Compensationp. 153
Choosing Up Sidesp. 165
Fire!p. 175
The Votep. 181
All on the Linep. 189
Dave's Big Nightp. 203
The Union Forever?p. 211
Jay's Big Flopp. 223
"My Name is Steve Lubetkin"p. 231
A Standing Ovationp. 245
Epilogue: The Prisoner of Memoryp. 253
Indexp. 269
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ISBN: 9781586488963
ISBN-10: 1586488961
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 304
Published: 27th July 2010
Publisher: INGRAM PUBLISHER SERVICES US
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.9 x 15.4  x 1.9
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 1