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Beyond a Joke: The Secrets and Scandals of the Dark Side of Comedy

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Comedians are not normal. If they were normal they wouldn't want to go onstage and make thousands of strangers laugh every night. Beyond a Joke is the story of lives lived to excess: of alcohol, drugs, sex... and running marathons.

Beyond a Joke is a celebration of comedy -- one of the modern world's most dominant and compelling art forms -- but it is also the story of come
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Paperback, 304 pages
Published October 25th 2011 by Preface Publishing (first published September 29th 2011)
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Zoe Obstkuchen
Jun 19, 2013 Zoe Obstkuchen rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed this book, it starts right at the beginning of stand-up and works its way to modern day, giving us insights into the struggles faced by so many stand-up comedians. I did think there were a few guys missing, only mention in passing of Bill Hicks, but it kept me interested from start to finish
Leonie
Jun 28, 2013 Leonie rated it it was amazing
Really rather good but lacking in not really talking about either Spike Milligan or Bill Hicks, the first a manic depressive and the second someone who got in very deep with drugs. The latter chapters talking about modern stand ups made them come across as lacking in depth which I doubt is true for all except Michael McIntyre, Mr 'Tissue Thin' of the 21st Century. At any rate, it's the quickest I've read a book in recent times, so it can't be all bad.
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Jan 30, 2012 Joanne Parkington rated it really liked it
I thought this was extremely easy to read ... straightforward & to the point whilst also being very interesting and amusing ... I couldn't put it down & ended up reading it in one sitting, a page turner from the start and a must read for comedy lovers and those that like to know what makes people tick .. my only complaint was that it wasn't long enough .... should have been a bigger book !!
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