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Don’t applaud. Either laugh or don’t. (At the Comedy Cellar.)

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Robin Williams. Jerry Seinfeld. Chris Rock. Amy Schumer. They all shared this stage.

This is the story of a place called the Comedy Cellar, a tiny basement club in New York City which helped launch the careers of some of the biggest comedians of our time. It also ended up on the frontline of the global culture war following the rise and fall of its most famous star, Louis C
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Paperback, 400 pages
Published September 1st 2020 by Scribe UK (first published August 27th 2020)
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Nov 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Andrew Hankinson is an author who gets you thinking. I read his debut book "You Could Do Something Amazing with Your Life (You are Raoul Moat) on the strength of its title. I found it a great read at the time but it has stayed with me and I still think about its subjects and themes despite finishing it 4 years ago. I have a feeling that this, his second book will be the same.

It is a look at freedom of speech and comedy and is centred around the Comedy Cellar in New York and especially the comedi
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Reporter Andrew Hankinson takes his reader on a backwards journey through time in his newest novel, Don’t Applaud. Either Laugh or Don’t. The book starts in 2020 and works it way through the history of the famous comedy club, the Comedy Cellar. He interviews dozens of notable comedians and industry legends to find out their thoughts on the status of comedy, free speech, and political correctness. It’s the kind of book that peels back the layers of facade often portrayed by glamorous industries s ...more
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