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Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History

"Chicago--a city where they are always rubbing the lamp, fetching up the genii, and contriving and achieving new possibilities"  ...Mark Twain

Known as the city of broad shoulders, Chicago has also developed an international reputation for split sides and slapped knees.  Watch the Chicago style of comedy evolve from nineteenth century vaudeville, through the rebellious comics of the 1950s and onto the improvisation and sketch era that ushered in a new millennium.  Drawing on material both hilarious and profound, Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History touches on what makes Chicago different from other cities and how that difference produced some of the greatest minds comedy will ever know: Amos 'n' Andy, Jack Benny, Lenny Bruce, Del Close, John Belushi, Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and many, many more.

Softcover, 6 x 9, 126 pgs.

Chicago Comedy: A Fairly Serious History

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