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The Road to Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening

The Road to Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening
$59.03

Ride the highway to hell with Matt Groening in this collection of comic strip originals from the genius behind the Simpsons.Are you driving yourself crazy?Then relax and leave the driving to Matt Groening as you cruise through some of the finest cartoon strips from the Life in Hell series.Life in Hell was the syndicated newspaper cartoon strip by Matt Groening which ran in the States during the 80s and early 90s. Asked to turn the characters into TV animation, Groening instead developed The Simpsons, retaining many of the characteristics of Binky, Bongo, Sheba, Jeff and Akbar in the series. In a world where The Simpsons and Futurama are as popular as ever, these hellish cartoons featuring Matt Groening’s zany brand of comic genius are simply gold dust.

RIPSNORTING WHOPPERS!: Humor from America's Heartland

RIPSNORTING WHOPPERS!: Humor from America's Heartland
$42.50

Among storytellers in our country, Rick Sowash is something special. He can enthrall audiences. His stories have novelty, action, drama, humor. He can spin tales that may startle you out of your chair one moment had have you shaking with laughter the next. — But Sowash has something else – Cy Gatton, a real person who grew up in the late 1800s and reached the peak of his storytelling powers early in the 20th century. Gatton spun fabulous tales about his own adventures in farming, hunting and woods-walking. Wreathed in the charm of a more innocent age, they are stories so amazing that we call them tall tales. — Here Sowash tells the stories of Cy Gatton, as well as many others. The result is an exciting and exuberant celebration of the American land, its people, places and creatures. Prepare to enjoy humor from America’s Heartland.

Going Around in Academic Circles: A Low View of Higher Education

Going Around in Academic Circles: A Low View of Higher Education
$42.00

The author draws on 37 years of teaching and deaning in colleges and universities to offer up what is, in effect, a parody of a college catalog. Armour gives the Armour treatment to such subjects as admissions, campus, roommates, expenses, employment, scholarships, class attendance, grades, physical education, the honor code, faculty advisers, department heads, the curriculum, and commencement speakers. This book is for everybody, but especially for presidents, deans, professors, alumni, students, drop-outs, drop-ins, and people with a sense of humor.

Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance (Classic Radio Humor)

Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance (Classic Radio Humor)
$31.95

Jean Shepherd again demonstrates his broad knowledge, unusual turn of mind, and humor, in this series of programs. From monologues of tragedy in the world of children, the seemingly minor disappointment of not being chosen for a game or a team, to commentary on tall tales and Midwest humor, these shows will captivate everyone fascinated by the style of Jean Shepherd — from subtle to bombastic — and the mind behind the style. Eight digitally restored and remastered CDs, approximate running time six hours. Includes liner notes with excerpts from the biography EXCELSIOR, YOU FATHEAD! The Art and Enigma of JEAN SHEPHERD by Eugene B. Bergmann. CD 1: Choosing Up; CD 2: No Rest for the Wicked; CD 3: Straws in the Wind; CD 4: The Midwest Humor Tradition; CD 5: Ribbon Velocity; CD 6: Slob Art; CD 7: Western Spectacular; CD 8: Pomp and Circumstance

Robot Volume 4 (Robot (Udon Entertainment)) (v. 4)

Robot Volume 4 (Robot (Udon Entertainment)) (v. 4)
$29.95

The acclaimed full color anthology title continues! Compiled and edited by Range Murata (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No. 6), this quarterly series features anime and manga’s most skilled creators. Experience gorgeous stories by Yoshitoshi Abe (Serial Experiments Lain), Kouji Ogata (Boogiepop Phantom), and over a dozen more of Japan’s finest artists.

Tina Fey: Bossypants

Tina Fey: Bossypants
$27.00

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 physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

Joys of Irish Humor

Joys of Irish Humor
$26.95

This delightful volume by a renowned expert on ethnic humor presents the choicest of Irish poetry, limericks, anecdotes, jokes, and words of wisdom. It’s all here: the loving, the fighting, the drinking, the praying, the struggling, and the laughing.

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
$26.00

In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it-at the age of forty-four. Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish-and dating. After all, what did a forty- something single woman living in New York have to lose? Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad. With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch’s time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar… is a refreshing version of the "happily ever after" story that proves female comics-like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler-are truly having their moment.

The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me

The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me
$25.99

Actressand comic Lisa Ann Walter offers a hilarious, star-studded collection of essaysencouraging women to laugh at what they can’t change, enjoy a guilty pleasureor two, and finally accept the lives and the bodies they’re in now. The DanceYour Ass Off judge and star of movies like The Parent Trap, ShallWe Dance, and Bruce Almighty delivers a warm, wry, honest, andeffective exhortation to find happiness where you are, in a serenity prayer fortoday’s woman that’s perfect for fans of Gretchen Rubin’s The HappinessProject, Valerie Bertinelli’s Losing Itand Chelsea Handler’s My Horizontal Life.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox
$25.00

PARENT S: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It’s what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child’s failures, but—lucky for us—Greg Fitzsimmons’s family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from. Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg’s life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg’s distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.

The Nature of Roman Comedy: A Study in Popular Entertainment

The Nature of Roman Comedy: A Study in Popular Entertainment
$24.95

Originally published in 1952, The Nature of Roman Comedy is still the fullest and most accessible introduction to the plays of Plautus and Terence, which constitute the corpus of Roman comedy. With attention to the specific aspects (such as staging conventions, plot structure, and character delineation) of each play, George E. Duckworth provides a readable synthesis that emphasizes the dramatic and humorous significance of the Roman comedies. Duckworth explains why these plays are important -and funny through discussion of suspense and irony, moral tone, and the humorous aspects of situation, character, and language. He places the comedies in the history of drama, extending from their bases in the lost Greek comedies to their influence on sixteenth-and seventeenth-century European playwrights including Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ben Johnson. Included are eight plates depicting scenes and characters from the comedies. For the second edition, Richard Hunter supplies a foreword and a bibliographical appendix, bringing up-to-date this enduring classic.

Garage Logic – A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town

Garage Logic - A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town
$24.95

Since 1993, Garage Logic® listeners have been fleshing out the mythical town, populating it with characters and filling in the nooks and crannies that have made it such a special place. Now, in Garage Logic®: A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town, the streets come alive. There really is a fabulous Spoon Lake, a downtown, a Knack Hardware and Lounge, and a golf course called Creature Path. Listeners, who had such a strong hand in creating the town, now can read the stories and listen to residents of Garage Logic® tell in their own words why the seat of Gumption County is so blessed by common sense and good times in ”The Opener,” ”Last Drop Days,” the Fourth of July fireworks, and a shocking discovery about garage wood that stunned the whole town.

Elton Made in England

Elton Made in England
$24.95

In this authoritative account of the music superstar, Parkinson chronicles Elton John’s rise to fame with extensive research and insightful interviews. 32 pages of full color photos.

The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Actors, and Directors

The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Actors, and Directors
$24.95

Since 1958, the Brave New Workshop (BNW) comedy theater has written and performed more than 250 scripted sketch-comedy shows. This book gives the reader an inside look at the process and philosophies that have been used to create some of the most innovative sketch comedy in America. Its contents can be used to immediately improve your skills as a writer, performer, or director. Revealing the Brave New Workshop’s eight core philosophies of improvisation, along with the detailed process of idea generation, scripting, rehearsal, and performance, this text provides "everything you need to know" for both the individual learner and the classroom instructor. More than 46 years ago, an ex-circus performer named Dudley Riggs founded the Brave New Workshop. Today, the Brave New Workshop is the longest-running satirical comedy theater in the United States. Alumni include writer/activist Al Franken, MADtv’s Mo Collins, Reba’s Melissa Peterman, The Naked Gun writer Pat Proft, Analyze This writer Peter Tolan, and That 70s Show executive producer Linda Wallem. Brave New Workshop alumni have contributed to hundreds of movies and television shows, including Saturday Night Live, Scary Movie 3, Airplane!, The Gary Shandling Show, M*A*S*H, and Happy Days. This handbook shares the creative comedy process that has helped to create some of the most prolific and successful talent in stages across the globe and in Hollywood. Also included with the book is a CD-ROM that contains sample scripts, live performances, and worksheets to aid the reader. Featuring an online instructor’s guide, The Art of the Laugh is ideal for classroom instruction, individual work, and ensemble-based creations.

The Dangerous Animals Club

The Dangerous Animals Club
$24.00

From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, comes a collection of memoiristic pieces about life, love, acting, and adventure, told with a beguiling voice and an uncommon talent for storytelling.The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky is a series of stories that form a non-linear autobiography. Each story stands on its own, and yet there are larger interconnecting narratives that weave together from the book’s beginning to end. The stories have heroics and embarrassments, riotous humor and pathos, characters that range from Bubbles the Pigmy Hippo to Stephen’s unforgettable mother, and scenes that include coke-fueled parties, Hollywood sets, French trains, and hospital rooms. Told in a vivid, honest, and wondrous voice, Tobolowsky manages to render the majestic out of the seemingly mundane, profundity from the patently absurd, and grace from tragedy. This book marks the debut of a massively talented storyteller.

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship
$22.99

THE REVEALiNG,RiP-ROARiNGLY FUNNY GUiDE TOMAKiNG EVERY RELATiONSHiPSMARTER, SANER, AND HAPPiER.Since the dawn of time, when the first smitten caveboy tried to woo the object of his affections by shoving her into the mud, men have demonstrated that when it comes to women, they are profoundly stupid. And when it comes to men, women — no matter how intelligent or mature — are completely crazy.Based on this simple yet groundbreaking insight, comedy writers and real-life couple Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee have devised a relationship guide that is refreshingly honest, completely hilarious, and surprisingly practical. Using their own crazy/stupid romance as an example of these forces in action, they set out to explain why women ask questions that they absolutely do not want answered — and why men persist in answering them. What are men really thinking — or crucially, not thinking? Why do women view even the most mundane events through an emotional prism? Why do guys suck at being romantic? And why does every conversation with a woman lead back to whether or not she’s fat?Using wit, hard-earned wisdom, and a highly entertaining he said/she said format, the authors explore the surprising method to his dumbness and the valid reasons behind her insanity, while providing real solutions to perennial relationship problems. By teaching men how and why they’re stupid around women and showing women how to "control the crazy" for everybody’s sake, Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid helps couples to reach the place where giving isn’t giving in, needing isn’t needy, and where the sexes can break the dysfunctional patterns and find a way to live lovingly, happily ever after.

Changing Shoes: Getting Older–Not Old–with Style, Humor, and Grace

Changing Shoes: Getting Older--Not Old--with Style, Humor, and Grace
$22.50

After twenty-six years starring as nurse Lillian Raines on the hit soap opera Guiding Light, Tina Sloan knows a thing or two about surviving the pitfalls of growing older in front of the world. From depleted storylines, to transitioning from sizzling screen diva to a mature grandmother Changing Shoes shows that even TV grandmothers can have style and flair. Drawing from the lessons she has learned in her own life, Tina candidly shares her endearing, sensitive, and often funny, story of crossing into her next phase of her life. And, in doing so, she offers important tips on how to embrace womanhood with ease.

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)
$21.99

In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His success spans five decades and virtually all media-remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly housing project.In the tradition of his bestselling books, Fatherhood and Cosbyology, the doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from first love to the Bible. Bill Cosby may not have asked to be born, but we’re sure glad he was.

The Road to Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening

The Road to Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening
$59.03

Ride the highway to hell with Matt Groening in this collection of comic strip originals from the genius behind the Simpsons.Are you driving yourself crazy?Then relax and leave the driving to Matt Groening as you cruise through some of the finest cartoon strips from the Life in Hell series.Life in Hell was the syndicated newspaper cartoon strip by Matt Groening which ran in the States during the 80s and early 90s. Asked to turn the characters into TV animation, Groening instead developed The Simpsons, retaining many of the characteristics of Binky, Bongo, Sheba, Jeff and Akbar in the series. In a world where The Simpsons and Futurama are as popular as ever, these hellish cartoons featuring Matt Groening’s zany brand of comic genius are simply gold dust.

RIPSNORTING WHOPPERS!: Humor from America's Heartland

RIPSNORTING WHOPPERS!: Humor from America's Heartland
$42.50

Among storytellers in our country, Rick Sowash is something special. He can enthrall audiences. His stories have novelty, action, drama, humor. He can spin tales that may startle you out of your chair one moment had have you shaking with laughter the next. — But Sowash has something else – Cy Gatton, a real person who grew up in the late 1800s and reached the peak of his storytelling powers early in the 20th century. Gatton spun fabulous tales about his own adventures in farming, hunting and woods-walking. Wreathed in the charm of a more innocent age, they are stories so amazing that we call them tall tales. — Here Sowash tells the stories of Cy Gatton, as well as many others. The result is an exciting and exuberant celebration of the American land, its people, places and creatures. Prepare to enjoy humor from America’s Heartland.

Going Around in Academic Circles: A Low View of Higher Education

Going Around in Academic Circles: A Low View of Higher Education
$42.00

The author draws on 37 years of teaching and deaning in colleges and universities to offer up what is, in effect, a parody of a college catalog. Armour gives the Armour treatment to such subjects as admissions, campus, roommates, expenses, employment, scholarships, class attendance, grades, physical education, the honor code, faculty advisers, department heads, the curriculum, and commencement speakers. This book is for everybody, but especially for presidents, deans, professors, alumni, students, drop-outs, drop-ins, and people with a sense of humor.

Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance (Classic Radio Humor)

Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance (Classic Radio Humor)
$31.95

Jean Shepherd again demonstrates his broad knowledge, unusual turn of mind, and humor, in this series of programs. From monologues of tragedy in the world of children, the seemingly minor disappointment of not being chosen for a game or a team, to commentary on tall tales and Midwest humor, these shows will captivate everyone fascinated by the style of Jean Shepherd — from subtle to bombastic — and the mind behind the style. Eight digitally restored and remastered CDs, approximate running time six hours. Includes liner notes with excerpts from the biography EXCELSIOR, YOU FATHEAD! The Art and Enigma of JEAN SHEPHERD by Eugene B. Bergmann. CD 1: Choosing Up; CD 2: No Rest for the Wicked; CD 3: Straws in the Wind; CD 4: The Midwest Humor Tradition; CD 5: Ribbon Velocity; CD 6: Slob Art; CD 7: Western Spectacular; CD 8: Pomp and Circumstance

Robot Volume 4 (Robot (Udon Entertainment)) (v. 4)

Robot Volume 4 (Robot (Udon Entertainment)) (v. 4)
$29.95

The acclaimed full color anthology title continues! Compiled and edited by Range Murata (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No. 6), this quarterly series features anime and manga’s most skilled creators. Experience gorgeous stories by Yoshitoshi Abe (Serial Experiments Lain), Kouji Ogata (Boogiepop Phantom), and over a dozen more of Japan’s finest artists.

Tina Fey: Bossypants

Tina Fey: Bossypants
$27.00

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 physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

Joys of Irish Humor

Joys of Irish Humor
$26.95

This delightful volume by a renowned expert on ethnic humor presents the choicest of Irish poetry, limericks, anecdotes, jokes, and words of wisdom. It’s all here: the loving, the fighting, the drinking, the praying, the struggling, and the laughing.

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
$26.00

In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it-at the age of forty-four. Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish-and dating. After all, what did a forty- something single woman living in New York have to lose? Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad. With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch’s time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar… is a refreshing version of the "happily ever after" story that proves female comics-like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler-are truly having their moment.

The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me

The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me
$25.99

Actressand comic Lisa Ann Walter offers a hilarious, star-studded collection of essaysencouraging women to laugh at what they can’t change, enjoy a guilty pleasureor two, and finally accept the lives and the bodies they’re in now. The DanceYour Ass Off judge and star of movies like The Parent Trap, ShallWe Dance, and Bruce Almighty delivers a warm, wry, honest, andeffective exhortation to find happiness where you are, in a serenity prayer fortoday’s woman that’s perfect for fans of Gretchen Rubin’s The HappinessProject, Valerie Bertinelli’s Losing Itand Chelsea Handler’s My Horizontal Life.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox
$25.00

PARENT S: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It’s what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child’s failures, but—lucky for us—Greg Fitzsimmons’s family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from. Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg’s life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg’s distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.

The Nature of Roman Comedy: A Study in Popular Entertainment

The Nature of Roman Comedy: A Study in Popular Entertainment
$24.95

Originally published in 1952, The Nature of Roman Comedy is still the fullest and most accessible introduction to the plays of Plautus and Terence, which constitute the corpus of Roman comedy. With attention to the specific aspects (such as staging conventions, plot structure, and character delineation) of each play, George E. Duckworth provides a readable synthesis that emphasizes the dramatic and humorous significance of the Roman comedies. Duckworth explains why these plays are important -and funny through discussion of suspense and irony, moral tone, and the humorous aspects of situation, character, and language. He places the comedies in the history of drama, extending from their bases in the lost Greek comedies to their influence on sixteenth-and seventeenth-century European playwrights including Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ben Johnson. Included are eight plates depicting scenes and characters from the comedies. For the second edition, Richard Hunter supplies a foreword and a bibliographical appendix, bringing up-to-date this enduring classic.

Garage Logic – A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town

Garage Logic - A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town
$24.95

Since 1993, Garage Logic® listeners have been fleshing out the mythical town, populating it with characters and filling in the nooks and crannies that have made it such a special place. Now, in Garage Logic®: A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town, the streets come alive. There really is a fabulous Spoon Lake, a downtown, a Knack Hardware and Lounge, and a golf course called Creature Path. Listeners, who had such a strong hand in creating the town, now can read the stories and listen to residents of Garage Logic® tell in their own words why the seat of Gumption County is so blessed by common sense and good times in ”The Opener,” ”Last Drop Days,” the Fourth of July fireworks, and a shocking discovery about garage wood that stunned the whole town.

Elton Made in England

Elton Made in England
$24.95

In this authoritative account of the music superstar, Parkinson chronicles Elton John’s rise to fame with extensive research and insightful interviews. 32 pages of full color photos.

The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Actors, and Directors

The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Actors, and Directors
$24.95

Since 1958, the Brave New Workshop (BNW) comedy theater has written and performed more than 250 scripted sketch-comedy shows. This book gives the reader an inside look at the process and philosophies that have been used to create some of the most innovative sketch comedy in America. Its contents can be used to immediately improve your skills as a writer, performer, or director. Revealing the Brave New Workshop’s eight core philosophies of improvisation, along with the detailed process of idea generation, scripting, rehearsal, and performance, this text provides "everything you need to know" for both the individual learner and the classroom instructor. More than 46 years ago, an ex-circus performer named Dudley Riggs founded the Brave New Workshop. Today, the Brave New Workshop is the longest-running satirical comedy theater in the United States. Alumni include writer/activist Al Franken, MADtv’s Mo Collins, Reba’s Melissa Peterman, The Naked Gun writer Pat Proft, Analyze This writer Peter Tolan, and That 70s Show executive producer Linda Wallem. Brave New Workshop alumni have contributed to hundreds of movies and television shows, including Saturday Night Live, Scary Movie 3, Airplane!, The Gary Shandling Show, M*A*S*H, and Happy Days. This handbook shares the creative comedy process that has helped to create some of the most prolific and successful talent in stages across the globe and in Hollywood. Also included with the book is a CD-ROM that contains sample scripts, live performances, and worksheets to aid the reader. Featuring an online instructor’s guide, The Art of the Laugh is ideal for classroom instruction, individual work, and ensemble-based creations.

The Dangerous Animals Club

The Dangerous Animals Club
$24.00

From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, comes a collection of memoiristic pieces about life, love, acting, and adventure, told with a beguiling voice and an uncommon talent for storytelling.The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky is a series of stories that form a non-linear autobiography. Each story stands on its own, and yet there are larger interconnecting narratives that weave together from the book’s beginning to end. The stories have heroics and embarrassments, riotous humor and pathos, characters that range from Bubbles the Pigmy Hippo to Stephen’s unforgettable mother, and scenes that include coke-fueled parties, Hollywood sets, French trains, and hospital rooms. Told in a vivid, honest, and wondrous voice, Tobolowsky manages to render the majestic out of the seemingly mundane, profundity from the patently absurd, and grace from tragedy. This book marks the debut of a massively talented storyteller.

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship
$22.99

THE REVEALiNG,RiP-ROARiNGLY FUNNY GUiDE TOMAKiNG EVERY RELATiONSHiPSMARTER, SANER, AND HAPPiER.Since the dawn of time, when the first smitten caveboy tried to woo the object of his affections by shoving her into the mud, men have demonstrated that when it comes to women, they are profoundly stupid. And when it comes to men, women — no matter how intelligent or mature — are completely crazy.Based on this simple yet groundbreaking insight, comedy writers and real-life couple Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee have devised a relationship guide that is refreshingly honest, completely hilarious, and surprisingly practical. Using their own crazy/stupid romance as an example of these forces in action, they set out to explain why women ask questions that they absolutely do not want answered — and why men persist in answering them. What are men really thinking — or crucially, not thinking? Why do women view even the most mundane events through an emotional prism? Why do guys suck at being romantic? And why does every conversation with a woman lead back to whether or not she’s fat?Using wit, hard-earned wisdom, and a highly entertaining he said/she said format, the authors explore the surprising method to his dumbness and the valid reasons behind her insanity, while providing real solutions to perennial relationship problems. By teaching men how and why they’re stupid around women and showing women how to "control the crazy" for everybody’s sake, Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid helps couples to reach the place where giving isn’t giving in, needing isn’t needy, and where the sexes can break the dysfunctional patterns and find a way to live lovingly, happily ever after.

Changing Shoes: Getting Older–Not Old–with Style, Humor, and Grace

Changing Shoes: Getting Older--Not Old--with Style, Humor, and Grace
$22.50

After twenty-six years starring as nurse Lillian Raines on the hit soap opera Guiding Light, Tina Sloan knows a thing or two about surviving the pitfalls of growing older in front of the world. From depleted storylines, to transitioning from sizzling screen diva to a mature grandmother Changing Shoes shows that even TV grandmothers can have style and flair. Drawing from the lessons she has learned in her own life, Tina candidly shares her endearing, sensitive, and often funny, story of crossing into her next phase of her life. And, in doing so, she offers important tips on how to embrace womanhood with ease.

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)
$21.99

In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His success spans five decades and virtually all media-remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly housing project.In the tradition of his bestselling books, Fatherhood and Cosbyology, the doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from first love to the Bible. Bill Cosby may not have asked to be born, but we’re sure glad he was.

The Road to Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening

The Road to Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening
$59.03

Ride the highway to hell with Matt Groening in this collection of comic strip originals from the genius behind the Simpsons.Are you driving yourself crazy?Then relax and leave the driving to Matt Groening as you cruise through some of the finest cartoon strips from the Life in Hell series.Life in Hell was the syndicated newspaper cartoon strip by Matt Groening which ran in the States during the 80s and early 90s. Asked to turn the characters into TV animation, Groening instead developed The Simpsons, retaining many of the characteristics of Binky, Bongo, Sheba, Jeff and Akbar in the series. In a world where The Simpsons and Futurama are as popular as ever, these hellish cartoons featuring Matt Groening’s zany brand of comic genius are simply gold dust.

RIPSNORTING WHOPPERS!: Humor from America's Heartland

RIPSNORTING WHOPPERS!: Humor from America's Heartland
$42.50

Among storytellers in our country, Rick Sowash is something special. He can enthrall audiences. His stories have novelty, action, drama, humor. He can spin tales that may startle you out of your chair one moment had have you shaking with laughter the next. — But Sowash has something else – Cy Gatton, a real person who grew up in the late 1800s and reached the peak of his storytelling powers early in the 20th century. Gatton spun fabulous tales about his own adventures in farming, hunting and woods-walking. Wreathed in the charm of a more innocent age, they are stories so amazing that we call them tall tales. — Here Sowash tells the stories of Cy Gatton, as well as many others. The result is an exciting and exuberant celebration of the American land, its people, places and creatures. Prepare to enjoy humor from America’s Heartland.

Going Around in Academic Circles: A Low View of Higher Education

Going Around in Academic Circles: A Low View of Higher Education
$42.00

The author draws on 37 years of teaching and deaning in colleges and universities to offer up what is, in effect, a parody of a college catalog. Armour gives the Armour treatment to such subjects as admissions, campus, roommates, expenses, employment, scholarships, class attendance, grades, physical education, the honor code, faculty advisers, department heads, the curriculum, and commencement speakers. This book is for everybody, but especially for presidents, deans, professors, alumni, students, drop-outs, drop-ins, and people with a sense of humor.

Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance (Classic Radio Humor)

Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance (Classic Radio Humor)
$31.95

Jean Shepherd again demonstrates his broad knowledge, unusual turn of mind, and humor, in this series of programs. From monologues of tragedy in the world of children, the seemingly minor disappointment of not being chosen for a game or a team, to commentary on tall tales and Midwest humor, these shows will captivate everyone fascinated by the style of Jean Shepherd — from subtle to bombastic — and the mind behind the style. Eight digitally restored and remastered CDs, approximate running time six hours. Includes liner notes with excerpts from the biography EXCELSIOR, YOU FATHEAD! The Art and Enigma of JEAN SHEPHERD by Eugene B. Bergmann. CD 1: Choosing Up; CD 2: No Rest for the Wicked; CD 3: Straws in the Wind; CD 4: The Midwest Humor Tradition; CD 5: Ribbon Velocity; CD 6: Slob Art; CD 7: Western Spectacular; CD 8: Pomp and Circumstance

Robot Volume 4 (Robot (Udon Entertainment)) (v. 4)

Robot Volume 4 (Robot (Udon Entertainment)) (v. 4)
$29.95

The acclaimed full color anthology title continues! Compiled and edited by Range Murata (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No. 6), this quarterly series features anime and manga’s most skilled creators. Experience gorgeous stories by Yoshitoshi Abe (Serial Experiments Lain), Kouji Ogata (Boogiepop Phantom), and over a dozen more of Japan’s finest artists.

Tina Fey: Bossypants

Tina Fey: Bossypants
$27.00

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 physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

Joys of Irish Humor

Joys of Irish Humor
$26.95

This delightful volume by a renowned expert on ethnic humor presents the choicest of Irish poetry, limericks, anecdotes, jokes, and words of wisdom. It’s all here: the loving, the fighting, the drinking, the praying, the struggling, and the laughing.

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
$26.00

In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it-at the age of forty-four. Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish-and dating. After all, what did a forty- something single woman living in New York have to lose? Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad. With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch’s time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar… is a refreshing version of the "happily ever after" story that proves female comics-like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler-are truly having their moment.

The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me

The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me
$25.99

Actressand comic Lisa Ann Walter offers a hilarious, star-studded collection of essaysencouraging women to laugh at what they can’t change, enjoy a guilty pleasureor two, and finally accept the lives and the bodies they’re in now. The DanceYour Ass Off judge and star of movies like The Parent Trap, ShallWe Dance, and Bruce Almighty delivers a warm, wry, honest, andeffective exhortation to find happiness where you are, in a serenity prayer fortoday’s woman that’s perfect for fans of Gretchen Rubin’s The HappinessProject, Valerie Bertinelli’s Losing Itand Chelsea Handler’s My Horizontal Life.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox
$25.00

PARENT S: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It’s what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child’s failures, but—lucky for us—Greg Fitzsimmons’s family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from. Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg’s life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg’s distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.

The Nature of Roman Comedy: A Study in Popular Entertainment

The Nature of Roman Comedy: A Study in Popular Entertainment
$24.95

Originally published in 1952, The Nature of Roman Comedy is still the fullest and most accessible introduction to the plays of Plautus and Terence, which constitute the corpus of Roman comedy. With attention to the specific aspects (such as staging conventions, plot structure, and character delineation) of each play, George E. Duckworth provides a readable synthesis that emphasizes the dramatic and humorous significance of the Roman comedies. Duckworth explains why these plays are important -and funny through discussion of suspense and irony, moral tone, and the humorous aspects of situation, character, and language. He places the comedies in the history of drama, extending from their bases in the lost Greek comedies to their influence on sixteenth-and seventeenth-century European playwrights including Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ben Johnson. Included are eight plates depicting scenes and characters from the comedies. For the second edition, Richard Hunter supplies a foreword and a bibliographical appendix, bringing up-to-date this enduring classic.

Garage Logic – A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town

Garage Logic - A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town
$24.95

Since 1993, Garage Logic® listeners have been fleshing out the mythical town, populating it with characters and filling in the nooks and crannies that have made it such a special place. Now, in Garage Logic®: A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town, the streets come alive. There really is a fabulous Spoon Lake, a downtown, a Knack Hardware and Lounge, and a golf course called Creature Path. Listeners, who had such a strong hand in creating the town, now can read the stories and listen to residents of Garage Logic® tell in their own words why the seat of Gumption County is so blessed by common sense and good times in ”The Opener,” ”Last Drop Days,” the Fourth of July fireworks, and a shocking discovery about garage wood that stunned the whole town.

Elton Made in England

Elton Made in England
$24.95

In this authoritative account of the music superstar, Parkinson chronicles Elton John’s rise to fame with extensive research and insightful interviews. 32 pages of full color photos.

The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Actors, and Directors

The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Actors, and Directors
$24.95

Since 1958, the Brave New Workshop (BNW) comedy theater has written and performed more than 250 scripted sketch-comedy shows. This book gives the reader an inside look at the process and philosophies that have been used to create some of the most innovative sketch comedy in America. Its contents can be used to immediately improve your skills as a writer, performer, or director. Revealing the Brave New Workshop’s eight core philosophies of improvisation, along with the detailed process of idea generation, scripting, rehearsal, and performance, this text provides "everything you need to know" for both the individual learner and the classroom instructor. More than 46 years ago, an ex-circus performer named Dudley Riggs founded the Brave New Workshop. Today, the Brave New Workshop is the longest-running satirical comedy theater in the United States. Alumni include writer/activist Al Franken, MADtv’s Mo Collins, Reba’s Melissa Peterman, The Naked Gun writer Pat Proft, Analyze This writer Peter Tolan, and That 70s Show executive producer Linda Wallem. Brave New Workshop alumni have contributed to hundreds of movies and television shows, including Saturday Night Live, Scary Movie 3, Airplane!, The Gary Shandling Show, M*A*S*H, and Happy Days. This handbook shares the creative comedy process that has helped to create some of the most prolific and successful talent in stages across the globe and in Hollywood. Also included with the book is a CD-ROM that contains sample scripts, live performances, and worksheets to aid the reader. Featuring an online instructor’s guide, The Art of the Laugh is ideal for classroom instruction, individual work, and ensemble-based creations.

The Dangerous Animals Club

The Dangerous Animals Club
$24.00

From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, comes a collection of memoiristic pieces about life, love, acting, and adventure, told with a beguiling voice and an uncommon talent for storytelling.The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky is a series of stories that form a non-linear autobiography. Each story stands on its own, and yet there are larger interconnecting narratives that weave together from the book’s beginning to end. The stories have heroics and embarrassments, riotous humor and pathos, characters that range from Bubbles the Pigmy Hippo to Stephen’s unforgettable mother, and scenes that include coke-fueled parties, Hollywood sets, French trains, and hospital rooms. Told in a vivid, honest, and wondrous voice, Tobolowsky manages to render the majestic out of the seemingly mundane, profundity from the patently absurd, and grace from tragedy. This book marks the debut of a massively talented storyteller.

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship
$22.99

THE REVEALiNG,RiP-ROARiNGLY FUNNY GUiDE TOMAKiNG EVERY RELATiONSHiPSMARTER, SANER, AND HAPPiER.Since the dawn of time, when the first smitten caveboy tried to woo the object of his affections by shoving her into the mud, men have demonstrated that when it comes to women, they are profoundly stupid. And when it comes to men, women — no matter how intelligent or mature — are completely crazy.Based on this simple yet groundbreaking insight, comedy writers and real-life couple Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee have devised a relationship guide that is refreshingly honest, completely hilarious, and surprisingly practical. Using their own crazy/stupid romance as an example of these forces in action, they set out to explain why women ask questions that they absolutely do not want answered — and why men persist in answering them. What are men really thinking — or crucially, not thinking? Why do women view even the most mundane events through an emotional prism? Why do guys suck at being romantic? And why does every conversation with a woman lead back to whether or not she’s fat?Using wit, hard-earned wisdom, and a highly entertaining he said/she said format, the authors explore the surprising method to his dumbness and the valid reasons behind her insanity, while providing real solutions to perennial relationship problems. By teaching men how and why they’re stupid around women and showing women how to "control the crazy" for everybody’s sake, Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid helps couples to reach the place where giving isn’t giving in, needing isn’t needy, and where the sexes can break the dysfunctional patterns and find a way to live lovingly, happily ever after.

Changing Shoes: Getting Older–Not Old–with Style, Humor, and Grace

Changing Shoes: Getting Older--Not Old--with Style, Humor, and Grace
$22.50

After twenty-six years starring as nurse Lillian Raines on the hit soap opera Guiding Light, Tina Sloan knows a thing or two about surviving the pitfalls of growing older in front of the world. From depleted storylines, to transitioning from sizzling screen diva to a mature grandmother Changing Shoes shows that even TV grandmothers can have style and flair. Drawing from the lessons she has learned in her own life, Tina candidly shares her endearing, sensitive, and often funny, story of crossing into her next phase of her life. And, in doing so, she offers important tips on how to embrace womanhood with ease.

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)
$21.99

In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His success spans five decades and virtually all media-remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly housing project.In the tradition of his bestselling books, Fatherhood and Cosbyology, the doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from first love to the Bible. Bill Cosby may not have asked to be born, but we’re sure glad he was.

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The Road to Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening

The Road to Hell: A Cartoon Book by Matt Groening
$59.03

Ride the highway to hell with Matt Groening in this collection of comic strip originals from the genius behind the Simpsons.Are you driving yourself crazy?Then relax and leave the driving to Matt Groening as you cruise through some of the finest cartoon strips from the Life in Hell series.Life in Hell was the syndicated newspaper cartoon strip by Matt Groening which ran in the States during the 80s and early 90s. Asked to turn the characters into TV animation, Groening instead developed The Simpsons, retaining many of the characteristics of Binky, Bongo, Sheba, Jeff and Akbar in the series. In a world where The Simpsons and Futurama are as popular as ever, these hellish cartoons featuring Matt Groening’s zany brand of comic genius are simply gold dust.

RIPSNORTING WHOPPERS!: Humor from America's Heartland

RIPSNORTING WHOPPERS!: Humor from America's Heartland
$42.50

Among storytellers in our country, Rick Sowash is something special. He can enthrall audiences. His stories have novelty, action, drama, humor. He can spin tales that may startle you out of your chair one moment had have you shaking with laughter the next. — But Sowash has something else – Cy Gatton, a real person who grew up in the late 1800s and reached the peak of his storytelling powers early in the 20th century. Gatton spun fabulous tales about his own adventures in farming, hunting and woods-walking. Wreathed in the charm of a more innocent age, they are stories so amazing that we call them tall tales. — Here Sowash tells the stories of Cy Gatton, as well as many others. The result is an exciting and exuberant celebration of the American land, its people, places and creatures. Prepare to enjoy humor from America’s Heartland.

Going Around in Academic Circles: A Low View of Higher Education

Going Around in Academic Circles: A Low View of Higher Education
$42.00

The author draws on 37 years of teaching and deaning in colleges and universities to offer up what is, in effect, a parody of a college catalog. Armour gives the Armour treatment to such subjects as admissions, campus, roommates, expenses, employment, scholarships, class attendance, grades, physical education, the honor code, faculty advisers, department heads, the curriculum, and commencement speakers. This book is for everybody, but especially for presidents, deans, professors, alumni, students, drop-outs, drop-ins, and people with a sense of humor.

Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance (Classic Radio Humor)

Jean Shepherd: Pomp and Circumstance (Classic Radio Humor)
$31.95

Jean Shepherd again demonstrates his broad knowledge, unusual turn of mind, and humor, in this series of programs. From monologues of tragedy in the world of children, the seemingly minor disappointment of not being chosen for a game or a team, to commentary on tall tales and Midwest humor, these shows will captivate everyone fascinated by the style of Jean Shepherd — from subtle to bombastic — and the mind behind the style. Eight digitally restored and remastered CDs, approximate running time six hours. Includes liner notes with excerpts from the biography EXCELSIOR, YOU FATHEAD! The Art and Enigma of JEAN SHEPHERD by Eugene B. Bergmann. CD 1: Choosing Up; CD 2: No Rest for the Wicked; CD 3: Straws in the Wind; CD 4: The Midwest Humor Tradition; CD 5: Ribbon Velocity; CD 6: Slob Art; CD 7: Western Spectacular; CD 8: Pomp and Circumstance

Robot Volume 4 (Robot (Udon Entertainment)) (v. 4)

Robot Volume 4 (Robot (Udon Entertainment)) (v. 4)
$29.95

The acclaimed full color anthology title continues! Compiled and edited by Range Murata (Last Exile, Blue Submarine No. 6), this quarterly series features anime and manga’s most skilled creators. Experience gorgeous stories by Yoshitoshi Abe (Serial Experiments Lain), Kouji Ogata (Boogiepop Phantom), and over a dozen more of Japan’s finest artists.

Tina Fey: Bossypants

Tina Fey: Bossypants
$27.00

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 physical beauty to her life as a mother eating things off the floor; from her one-sided college romance to her nearly fatal honeymoon — from the beginning of this paragraph to this final sentence.Tina Fey reveals all, and proves what we’ve all suspected: you’re no one until someone calls you bossy.(Includes Special, Never-Before-Solicited Opinions on Breastfeeding, Princesses, Photoshop, the Electoral Process, and Italian Rum Cake!)

Joys of Irish Humor

Joys of Irish Humor
$26.95

This delightful volume by a renowned expert on ethnic humor presents the choicest of Irish poetry, limericks, anecdotes, jokes, and words of wisdom. It’s all here: the loving, the fighting, the drinking, the praying, the struggling, and the laughing.

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle

Girl Walks into a Bar . . .: Comedy Calamities, Dating Disasters, and a Midlife Miracle
$26.00

In this side-splitting memoir, the former Saturday Night Live star recounts the hilarious adventures and unexpected joy of dating and becoming a mother when she least expected it-at the age of forty-four. Anyone who saw an episode of Saturday Night Live between 1999 and 2006 knows Rachel Dratch. She was hilarious! So what happened to her? After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of 30 Rock, Dratch was only getting offered roles as "Lesbians. Secretaries. Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians."Her career at a low point, Dratch suddenly had time for yoga, dog- sitting, learning Spanish-and dating. After all, what did a forty- something single woman living in New York have to lose? Resigned to childlessness but still hoping for romance, Dratch was out for drinks with a friend when she met John.Handsome and funny, after only six months of dating long-distance, he became the inadvertent father of her wholly unplanned, undreamed-of child, and moved to New York to be a dad. With riotous humor, Dratch recounts breaking the news to her bewildered parents, the awe of her single friends, and the awkwardness of a baby-care class where the instructor kept tossing out the f-word.Filled with great behind-the-scenes anecdotes from Dratch’s time on SNL, Girl Walks into a Bar… is a refreshing version of the "happily ever after" story that proves female comics-like bestsellers Tina Fey and Chelsea Handler-are truly having their moment.

The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me

The Best Thing About My Ass Is That It's Behind Me
$25.99

Actressand comic Lisa Ann Walter offers a hilarious, star-studded collection of essaysencouraging women to laugh at what they can’t change, enjoy a guilty pleasureor two, and finally accept the lives and the bodies they’re in now. The DanceYour Ass Off judge and star of movies like The Parent Trap, ShallWe Dance, and Bruce Almighty delivers a warm, wry, honest, andeffective exhortation to find happiness where you are, in a serenity prayer fortoday’s woman that’s perfect for fans of Gretchen Rubin’s The HappinessProject, Valerie Bertinelli’s Losing Itand Chelsea Handler’s My Horizontal Life.

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox

Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons: Tales of Redemption from an Irish Mailbox
$25.00

PARENT S: DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME Greg Fitzsimmons has made a lot of what appear to be bad decisions. It’s what he was raised to do. Most parents would hide or destroy any evidence so clearly demonstrating their child’s failures, but—lucky for us—Greg Fitzsimmons’s family has preserved each mistake in its original envelope like a trophy in a case, lest he ever forget where he came from. Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons is Greg’s life, told through this cavalcade of disciplinary letters, incident reports, and newspaper clippings that his parents received from teachers and school officials. Greg picks up where his parents left off with his own collection of letters received during college and throughout his successful career as a writer, producer, and stand-up comic. Revealing the larger story of how Greg’s distinctly dysfunctional Irish-American family bred him to blindly challenge anyone, anytime, anywhere, over anything, Dear Mrs. Fitzsimmons comes full circle to show that the Fitzsimmons torch has been passed on proudly to a new generation.

The Nature of Roman Comedy: A Study in Popular Entertainment

The Nature of Roman Comedy: A Study in Popular Entertainment
$24.95

Originally published in 1952, The Nature of Roman Comedy is still the fullest and most accessible introduction to the plays of Plautus and Terence, which constitute the corpus of Roman comedy. With attention to the specific aspects (such as staging conventions, plot structure, and character delineation) of each play, George E. Duckworth provides a readable synthesis that emphasizes the dramatic and humorous significance of the Roman comedies. Duckworth explains why these plays are important -and funny through discussion of suspense and irony, moral tone, and the humorous aspects of situation, character, and language. He places the comedies in the history of drama, extending from their bases in the lost Greek comedies to their influence on sixteenth-and seventeenth-century European playwrights including Moliere, Shakespeare, and Ben Johnson. Included are eight plates depicting scenes and characters from the comedies. For the second edition, Richard Hunter supplies a foreword and a bibliographical appendix, bringing up-to-date this enduring classic.

Garage Logic – A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town

Garage Logic - A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town
$24.95

Since 1993, Garage Logic® listeners have been fleshing out the mythical town, populating it with characters and filling in the nooks and crannies that have made it such a special place. Now, in Garage Logic®: A Companion Guide to Life in the Radio Town, the streets come alive. There really is a fabulous Spoon Lake, a downtown, a Knack Hardware and Lounge, and a golf course called Creature Path. Listeners, who had such a strong hand in creating the town, now can read the stories and listen to residents of Garage Logic® tell in their own words why the seat of Gumption County is so blessed by common sense and good times in ”The Opener,” ”Last Drop Days,” the Fourth of July fireworks, and a shocking discovery about garage wood that stunned the whole town.

Elton Made in England

Elton Made in England
$24.95

In this authoritative account of the music superstar, Parkinson chronicles Elton John’s rise to fame with extensive research and insightful interviews. 32 pages of full color photos.

The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Actors, and Directors

The Art of the Laugh: A Handbook for Sketch Writers, Actors, and Directors
$24.95

Since 1958, the Brave New Workshop (BNW) comedy theater has written and performed more than 250 scripted sketch-comedy shows. This book gives the reader an inside look at the process and philosophies that have been used to create some of the most innovative sketch comedy in America. Its contents can be used to immediately improve your skills as a writer, performer, or director. Revealing the Brave New Workshop’s eight core philosophies of improvisation, along with the detailed process of idea generation, scripting, rehearsal, and performance, this text provides "everything you need to know" for both the individual learner and the classroom instructor. More than 46 years ago, an ex-circus performer named Dudley Riggs founded the Brave New Workshop. Today, the Brave New Workshop is the longest-running satirical comedy theater in the United States. Alumni include writer/activist Al Franken, MADtv’s Mo Collins, Reba’s Melissa Peterman, The Naked Gun writer Pat Proft, Analyze This writer Peter Tolan, and That 70s Show executive producer Linda Wallem. Brave New Workshop alumni have contributed to hundreds of movies and television shows, including Saturday Night Live, Scary Movie 3, Airplane!, The Gary Shandling Show, M*A*S*H, and Happy Days. This handbook shares the creative comedy process that has helped to create some of the most prolific and successful talent in stages across the globe and in Hollywood. Also included with the book is a CD-ROM that contains sample scripts, live performances, and worksheets to aid the reader. Featuring an online instructor’s guide, The Art of the Laugh is ideal for classroom instruction, individual work, and ensemble-based creations.

The Dangerous Animals Club

The Dangerous Animals Club
$24.00

From legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky, comes a collection of memoiristic pieces about life, love, acting, and adventure, told with a beguiling voice and an uncommon talent for storytelling.The Dangerous Animals Club by Stephen Tobolowsky is a series of stories that form a non-linear autobiography. Each story stands on its own, and yet there are larger interconnecting narratives that weave together from the book’s beginning to end. The stories have heroics and embarrassments, riotous humor and pathos, characters that range from Bubbles the Pigmy Hippo to Stephen’s unforgettable mother, and scenes that include coke-fueled parties, Hollywood sets, French trains, and hospital rooms. Told in a vivid, honest, and wondrous voice, Tobolowsky manages to render the majestic out of the seemingly mundane, profundity from the patently absurd, and grace from tragedy. This book marks the debut of a massively talented storyteller.

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship

Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid: The Simple Truth to a Complicated Relationship
$22.99

THE REVEALiNG,RiP-ROARiNGLY FUNNY GUiDE TOMAKiNG EVERY RELATiONSHiPSMARTER, SANER, AND HAPPiER.Since the dawn of time, when the first smitten caveboy tried to woo the object of his affections by shoving her into the mud, men have demonstrated that when it comes to women, they are profoundly stupid. And when it comes to men, women — no matter how intelligent or mature — are completely crazy.Based on this simple yet groundbreaking insight, comedy writers and real-life couple Howard J. Morris and Jenny Lee have devised a relationship guide that is refreshingly honest, completely hilarious, and surprisingly practical. Using their own crazy/stupid romance as an example of these forces in action, they set out to explain why women ask questions that they absolutely do not want answered — and why men persist in answering them. What are men really thinking — or crucially, not thinking? Why do women view even the most mundane events through an emotional prism? Why do guys suck at being romantic? And why does every conversation with a woman lead back to whether or not she’s fat?Using wit, hard-earned wisdom, and a highly entertaining he said/she said format, the authors explore the surprising method to his dumbness and the valid reasons behind her insanity, while providing real solutions to perennial relationship problems. By teaching men how and why they’re stupid around women and showing women how to "control the crazy" for everybody’s sake, Women Are Crazy, Men Are Stupid helps couples to reach the place where giving isn’t giving in, needing isn’t needy, and where the sexes can break the dysfunctional patterns and find a way to live lovingly, happily ever after.

Changing Shoes: Getting Older–Not Old–with Style, Humor, and Grace

Changing Shoes: Getting Older--Not Old--with Style, Humor, and Grace
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After twenty-six years starring as nurse Lillian Raines on the hit soap opera Guiding Light, Tina Sloan knows a thing or two about surviving the pitfalls of growing older in front of the world. From depleted storylines, to transitioning from sizzling screen diva to a mature grandmother Changing Shoes shows that even TV grandmothers can have style and flair. Drawing from the lessons she has learned in her own life, Tina candidly shares her endearing, sensitive, and often funny, story of crossing into her next phase of her life. And, in doing so, she offers important tips on how to embrace womanhood with ease.

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)

I Didn't Ask to Be Born: (But I'm Glad I Was)
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In this hilarious collection of observations, Cosby brings us more of his wonderful and wacky insights into the human condition that are sure to become classics. In the tradition of Fat Albert, I DIDN’T ASK TO BE BORN offers a host of new characters, including Peanut Armhouse and Old Mother Harold. Not since Mushmouth, Dumb Donald, Bucky and the Cosby Kids has there been such a memorable cast.Over the past century few entertainers have achieved the legendary status of William H. Cosby Jr. His success spans five decades and virtually all media-remarkable accomplishments for a kid who emerged from humble beginnings in a Philly housing project.In the tradition of his bestselling books, Fatherhood and Cosbyology, the doctor of comedy holds forth on everything from first love to the Bible. Bill Cosby may not have asked to be born, but we’re sure glad he was.


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