A wonderfully wide look at the growth of American comedy in the 20th century
– a book whose subject matter is definitely hinted at by the cover image! The author goes into great depth, and follows a fascinating path of the shifting venues for comedic expression – which also shift the nature of the material too – in a trajectory that's slightly related to musical development in the 20th century
too! The chapter titles give a good idea of the book's pathway – and include "Vaudeville Comedia
ns", "Radio", "Nightclubs", "Television", "The Emergence Of Las Vegas", "Stand-Up's Great Change", "First Comedy Clubs & The 1970s", "Hippie Madness At Decade's End", and "The Stand-Up Comedy Boom". The hefty hardcover is 425 pages, with a section of illustrations in the middle.