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A Pictorial History of the Great Comedians
A Pictorial History of the Great Comedians Author:William Cahn A Pictorial History of the Great Comedians is a nostalgic and lively picture and text survey of the traditions of American comedy, the laugh makers themselves, and the forms and media that have shaped American humor. From Thomas Wignell, the first American comedian, who made George Washington laugh, to Rowan and Martin of the TV age, America has... more » evolved its own special brand of humor?a humor that lets us laugh at ourselves, which exploits our self-con?sciousness. A Pictorial History of the Great Comedians examines this tradition, identifies it, and presents the men and the media which shaped it.
Also there are many sidesplitting examples of the comedy of such lights as Joe Jefferson, Harrigan & Hart, Weber & Fields, W. C. Fields, Ed Wynn, Bobby Clark, Harold Lloyd, Charlie Chaplin, Groucho Marx, Fred Alien and Jimmy Durante, and over 200 fabulous pictures show them as they were?caught in the middle of their acts.
Mr. Cahn's work includes the laugh makers of the modern era. It shows how black comedians ?Dick Gregory, Flip Wilson, Godfrey Cambridge, and others?have made outstanding contribu?tions both to the world of entertainment and to criticisms of the world about us. The author examines modern comedians, those like Red Skelton and Dick Van Dyke, who continue the tradition of the physical comedy; the standup comedians such as Bob Newhart and Mort Sahl; and indicates possible directions that American humor may travel in the future and what con?tributions it may have to national security.
William Cahn, a graduate of Dartmouth College, where he was an editor of the Daily Dartmouth, is a freelance public relations consultant, but he has always been a devotee of the theater, with a very special interest in the comedy the?ater. His biographies of two well-known come?dians, Good Night, Mrs. Calabash, the secret of Jimmy Durante, and Harold Lloyd's World of Comedy, are highly successful books.« less