Behind the Laughs

By WILLIAM KNOEDELSEDER

Reviewed by Ward Sutton

 

William Knoedelseder spent the close of the '70s as a journalist watching the hits and misses of a new generation of comedians that included David Letterman, Richard Lewis and Jay Leno. I'm Dying Up Here: Heartbreak and High Times in Stand-up Comedy's Golden Era charts their struggles in a survey that finds a joltingly tragic dimension to these comic lives.

 

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Ward Sutton’s cartoons and illustrations have appeared in the Village Voice, TV Guide, Rolling Stone, Time, Esquire, The New Yorker, and on the Op-Ed page of the New York Times.

Ward's Drawn to Read appears monthly in the Barnes & Noble Review. Click here to see the complete Drawn to Read archive.

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