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  • Details about So anyway.

    So anyway.

    John Cleese

    John Cleese's huge comedic influence has stretched across generations; his sharp irreverent eye and the unique brand of physical comedy he perfected with Monty Python, on Fawlty Towers , and beyond now seem written into comedy's DNA. In this rollicking memoir, So, Anyway... , Cleese takes readers on a Grand Tour of his ascent in the entertainment world, from his humble beginnings in a sleepy English town and his early comedic days at Cambridge University (with future Python partner Graham Chapma……more

  • Details about Bossypants

    Bossypants

    Tina Fey.

    Before Liz Lemon, before "Weekend Update," before "Sarah Palin," Tina Fey was just a young girl with a dream: a recurring stress dream that she was being chased through a local airport by her middle-school gym teacher. She also had a dream that one day she would be a comedian on TV. She has seen both these dreams come true. At last, Tina Fey's story can be told. From her youthful days as a vicious nerd to her tour of duty on Saturday Night Live; from her passionately halfhearted pursuit of physi……more

  • Details about Angry Optimist The Life and Times of Jon Stewart.

    Angry Optimist The Life and Times of Jon Stewart.

    A New York Times Bestseller Since his arrival at The Daily Show in 1999, Jon Stewart has become one of the major players in comedy as well as one of the most significant liberal voices in the media. In Angry Optimist, biographer Lisa Rogak charts his unlikely rise to stardom. She follows him from his early days growing up in New Jersey, through his years as a struggling standup comic in New York, and on to the short-lived but acclaimed The Jon Stewart Show . And she charts his humbling string of……more

  • Details about The bedwetter : stories of courage, redemption, and pee

    The bedwetter : stories of courage, redemption, and pee

    Sarah Silverman.

    Warning from publisher to reader: At HarperCollins, we are committed to customer satisfaction. Before proceeding with your purchase, please take the following questionnaire to determine your likelihood of enjoying this book: 1. Which of the following do you appreciate? (a) Women with somewhat horse-ish facial features. (b) Women who, while not super Jew-y, are more identifiably Jewish than, say, Natalie Portman. (c) Frequent discussion of unwanted body hair. 2. Are you offended by the following ……more

  • Details about I'm not gonna lie : and other lies you tell when you turn 50

    I'm not gonna lie : and other lies you tell when you turn 50

    George Lopez ; with Alan Eisenstock.

    From one of the most celebrated and beloved comedians and actors of our time, George Lopez, comes this hilarious, touching, and often wacky chronicle of life after fifty. George Lopez just hit the half-century mark and the reset button on his life. Newly single and ready to embrace life, George was excited to turn fifty. It would be a welcome new phase in his life, a chance to say goodbye to a decade that included a kidney transplant and a divorce. But when he looked around a room full of his ch……more

  • Details about Yes Please

    Yes Please

    Amy Poehler

    In a perfect world . . . We'd get to hang out with Amy Poehler, watching dumb movies, listening to music, and swapping tales about our coworkers and difficult childhoods. Because in a perfect world, we'd all be friends with Amy--someone who seems so fun, is full of interesting stories, tells great jokes, and offers plenty of advice and wisdom (the useful kind, not the annoying kind you didn't ask for, anyway). Unfortunately, between her Golden Globe-winning role on Parks and Recreation, work as ……more

  • Details about The Chris Farley show : a biography in three acts

    The Chris Farley show : a biography in three acts

    Tom Farley, Jr. and Tanner Colby.

    A biography of the Saturday Night Live star as told by his friends and family, The Chris Farley Show is an evocative and harrowing portrait of a family trapped by addiction and a gifted man torn apart by his demons. Two 16-page color inserts.…more

  • Details about Whoopi Goldberg : her journey from poverty to megastardom

    Whoopi Goldberg : her journey from poverty to megastardom

    James Robert Parish.

    Karen Johnson, born in 1949, was raised by her mother in the racially mixed Chelsea district of New York City. By ninth grade she had quit school and spent most of her time in Central Park searching for drugs. While Karen Johnson's experiences may seem like many urban horror stories, hers took a dramatic turn the day she decided to move west and change her name to Whoopi Goldberg. Relocating to San Diego with Alexandrea, her daughter from her first marriage to her drug counselor, was not easy. S……more

  • Details about Hope : entertainer of the century.

    Hope : entertainer of the century.

    Richard Zoglin.

    "Revelatory...fascinating" ( The New York Times ): The first definitive biography of Bob Hope, featuring exclusive and extensive reporting that makes the persuasive case that he was the most important entertainer of the twentieth century. With his topical jokes and his all-American, brash-but-cowardly screen character, Bob Hope was the only entertainer to achieve top-rated success in every major mass-entertainment medium of the century, from vaudeville in the 1920s all the way to television in t……more

  • Details about Official book club selection : a memoir according to Kathy Griffin.

    Official book club selection : a memoir according to Kathy Griffin.

    Official Book Club Selection is Kathy Griffin unplugged, uncensored, and unafraid to dish about what really happens on the road, away from the cameras, and at the star party after the show. (It's also her big chance to score that coveted book club endorsement she's always wanted. Are you there, Oprah? It's me, Kathy.) Kathy Griffin has won Emmys for her reality show Kathy Griffin: My Life on the D-List, been nominated for a Grammy, worked and walked every red carpet known to man, and rung in the……more