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Description - I'm Dying Up Here by William Knoedelseder

In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carsons Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. It was Comedy Camelotbut it couldnt last. William Knoedelseder was then a cub reporter covering the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the first major newspaper profiles of several of the future stars. And he was there when the comedianswho were not paid by the clubs where they performed tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. In Im Dying Up Here he tells the whole story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there. As comedy clubs and cable TV began to boom, many would achieve stardom...but success had its price.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781586483173
ISBN-10: 158648317X
Format: Hardback
(236mm x 156mm x mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: PublicAffairs,U.S.
Publish Date: 7-Sep-2006
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - William Knoedelseder

William Knoedelseder has been a journalist with the Los Angeles Times, executive producer of Fox Entertainment News and Vice President of News at USA Broadcasting. He is the author of Stiffed: The True Story of MCA, The Music Business and the Mafia and In Eddie's Name: One Family's Triumph Over Tragedy. He lives with his family in Los Angeles.

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