Comedy in America dates back more than five centuries, so it’s amazing comedy chroniclers Laurence Maslon and Michael Kantor were able to successfully distill it into six different categories.
Despite the advanced age of American comedy, the comedians and their craft highlighted in the tome date back to Charlie Chaplin, not Christopher Columbus.
Complemented by both black and white and color photos depicting the comedians performing some of their famous acts, this work is a treasure overflowing with the wit and wisdom of name after name of famous American performers.
The authors’ meticulous research ensures readers can not only envision the various performances and humor of the countless subjects discussed in the book, they can also relive their best performances by reading the actual scripts of those timeless moments. Ever felt like reliving Abbott and Costello’s ‘Who’s on First?’ but couldn’t remember the words? Undoubtedly, at some point in your life, you saw Bob Hope on television, delivering his one-line zingers, but today, you can’t even recall the first word of his sometimes humorous, often cheesy ditties.
This book’s got that, and more.
While at nearly 400 pages Make ‘Em Laugh is incredibly thorough, surprisingly, the name of at least one icon of American comedy did not warrant any ink.
Just where is Jackie Mason, I implore the authors. Leaving him out of this book was decidedly not funny.
Tami Kamin-Meyer is a licensed attorney who would rather write than fight. Her byline has appeared in a variety of publications, including Better Homes and Gardens, The Rotarian, Ohio Super Lawyers, Ohio Lawyers Weekly, Ohio Magazine, Cleveland Jewish News, the Jewish Telegraphic Agency, and www.chabad.edu. She is also an award-winning Hebrew school educator.