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The Divine Comedy

i The Divine Comedy i translated by Allen Mandelbaum begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year It proceeds on a journey that in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity br br Mandelbaum s astonishingly Dantean translation which captures so much of the life of the original renders whole for us the masterpiece of that genius whom our greatest poets have recognized as a central model for all poets br br This Everyman s edition containing in one volume all three cantos Inferno Purgatorio and Paradiso includes an introduction by Nobel Prize winning poet Eugenio Montale a chronology notes and a bibliography Also included are forty two drawings selected from Botticelli s marvelous late fifteenth century series of illustrations br br Book Jacket Status Jacketed


Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)

Guided by the poet Virgil Dante plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God Together they descend through the twenty four circles of the underworld and encounter the tormented souls of the damned from heretics and pagans to gluttons criminals and seducers who tell of their sad fates and predict events still to come in Dante s life In this first part of his i Divine Comedy i Dante fused satire and humour with intellect and soaring passion to create an immortal Christian allegory of mankind s search for self knowledge and spiritual enlightenment


The Comedy of Errors

Hilarious fun this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce When two sets of twins separated and apparently lost to each other all end up in the rowdy rollicking city of Ephesus the stage is set for mix ups mayhem and mistaken identity plus the timeless puns jokes gags and suspense that makes this play a wonderful theatrical frolic and a brilliant tour de force of language and laughter


Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

In his latest novel Moore takes on the Great French Masters A magnificent Comedy d Art i Sacre Bleu i is part mystery part history sort of part love story and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker painter who joins the dapper Henri Toulouse Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed suicide of Vincent van Gogh


Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy, #2)

In the early s Dante Alighieri set out to write the three volumes which make the up em The Divine Comedy Purgatorio em is the second volume in this set and opens with Dante the poet picturing Dante the pilgrim coming out of the pit of hell Similar to the em Inferno em cantos this volume is divided into cantos written in tercets groups of lines The English prose is arranged in tercets to facilitate easy correspondence to the verse form of the Italian on the facing page enabling the reader to follow both languages line by line In an effort to capture the peculiarities of Dante s original language this translation strives toward the literal and sheds new light on the shape of the poem Again the text of em Purgatorio em follows Petrocchi s em La Commedia secondo l antica vulgata em but the editor has departed from Petrocchi s readings in a number of cases somewhat larger than in the previous em Inferno em not without consideration of recent critical readings of the em Comedy em by scholars such as Lanza and Sanguineti As before Petrocchi s punctuation has been lightened and American norms have been followed However without any pretensions to being critical the text presented here is electic and being not persuaded of the exclusive authority of any manuscript the editor has felt free to adopt readings from various branches of the stemma One major addition to this second volume is in the notes where is found the em Intercantica em a section for each canto that discusses its relation to the em Inferno em and which will make it easier for the reader to relate the different parts of the em Comedy em as a whole br


Paradiso (The Divine Comedy, #3)

Dorothy L Sayers s landmark translation follows Dante s i terza rima i stanza s and brings his poetry vividly to life Her work was completed after her death by Barbara Reynolds who provides a foreword on the importance of the translation and an introduction on Dante s view of Heaven This edition also includes a new foreword updated further reading notes appendices a glossary diagrams and genealogical tables


Job: A Comedy of Justice

After he firewalked in Polynesia the world wasn t the same for Alexander Hergensheimer now called Alec Graham As natural accidents occurred without cease Alex knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgement were near Somehow he had to bring his beloved heathen Margrethe to a state of grace and while he was at it save the rest of the world


The Human Comedy

Members of the Macauley family find their peaceful existence in rural California greatly changed in the early months of br


Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

b i NEW YORK TIMES i BESTSELLER b NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY i THE A V CLUB i b From the writer and director of i Knocked Up i and the producer of i Freaks and Geeks i comes a collection of intimate hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years including Mel Brooks Jerry Seinfeld Jon Stewart Roseanne Barr Harold Ramis Louis C K Chris Rock and Lena Dunham b br br Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd At fifteen he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club just so he could watch endless stand up for free At sixteen he was hosting a show for his local high school radio station in Syosset Long Island a show that consisted of Q amp As with his comedy heroes from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld They talked about their careers the science of a good joke and their dreams of future glory turns out Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything br br Thirty years later Apatow is still that same comedy nerd and he s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do br i br Sick in the Head i gathers Apatow s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious wide ranging and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman And here finally are the brightest stars in comedy today many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer And along the way something kind of magical happens What started as a lifetime s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely It becomes an exploration of creativity ambition neediness generosity spirituality and the joy that comes from making people laugh br br Loaded with the kind of back of the club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching this fascinating personal and borderline obsessive book is Judd Apatow s gift to comedy nerds everywhere br br b Praise for i Sick in the Head i b br br I can t stop reading it I don t want this book to end b Jimmy Fallon b br br An essential for any comedy geek b i Entertainment Weekly i b br br Fascinating a collection of interviews with many of the great figures of comedy in the latter half of the twentieth century b i The Washington Post i b br br Open this book anywhere and you re bound to find some interesting nugget from someone who has had you in stitches many many times b Janet Maslin i The New York Times i b br br An amazing read full of insights and connections both creative and interpersonal b i The i i New Yorker i b br br Fascinating and revelatory b i Chicago Tribune i b br br For fans of stand up i Sick in the Head i is a Bible of sorts b i Newsweek i br b br These are wonderful expansive interviews at times brutal at times breathtaking with artists whose wit intelligence gaze and insights are all sharp enough to draw blood b Michael Chabon b br br Anyone even remotely interested in comedy or humanity should own this book It is hilarious and informative and it contains insightful interviews with the greatest comics comedians and comediennes of our time My representatives assure me I will appear in a future edition b Will Ferrell b br br br i From the Hardcover edition i


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

b In this side splitting memoir the former i Saturday Night Live i 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 b Anyone who saw an episode of i Saturday Night Live i between and knows Rachel Dratch She was hilarious So what happened to her After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of i Rock i Dratch was only getting offered roles as Lesbians Secretaries Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians br br 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 br br 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 br br Filled with great behind the scenes anecdotes from Dratch s time on i SNL Girl Walks into a Bar i 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 Comedies

In English translations that achieve a lively readability without sacrificing the dramatic and comic impact of the original Latin this volume presents all six comedies The Girl from Andros Andria The Self Tormentor Heautontimorumenos The Eunuch Eunouchus Phormios The Brothers Adelphoe and Her Husband s Mother Hecyra


The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

A dark and frightening fully painted novella MR PUNCH tells the tale of a young boy s loss of innocence results from a horrific confrontation with his past Spending a summer at his grandfather s seaside arcade a troubled adolescent harmlessly becomes involved with a mysterious Punch and Judy Man and a mermaid portraying woman But when the violent puppet show triggers buried memories of the boy s family the lives of all become feverishly intertwined With disturbing mysteries and half truths uncontrollably unraveling the young boy is forced to deal with his family s dark secrets of violence betrayal and guilt


Lovestruck: A Romantic Comedy Standalone


For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs

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The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts

In Russell Culver wants to leave school and his tiny Indiana farm town for the endless sky of the Dakotas Instead of school closing leaving him free to roam his sister Tansy steps in Despite stolen supplies a privy fire and many snakes Tansy maybe just maybe can set her brother on a wiser course


Old Masters: A Comedy

In this exuberantly satirical novel the tutor Atzbacher has been summoned by his friend Reger to meet him in a Viennese museum While Reger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait Atzbacher who fears Reger s plans to kill himself gives us a portrait of the musicologist his wisdom his devotion to his wife and his love hate relationship with art With characteristically acerbic wit Bernhard exposes the pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a novel at once pessimistic and strangely exhilarating


Comedy in a Minor Key

A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation and true to its title a dark comedy of wartime manners i Comedy in a Minor Key i tells the story of Wim and Marie a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia This novella first published in and now translated into English for the first time shows Hans Keilson at his best deeply ironic penetrating sympathetic and brilliantly modern an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka In when Keilson received Germany s prestigious Welt Literature Prize the citation praised his work for exploring the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications br br Published to celebrate Keilson s hundredth birthday i Comedy in a Minor Key i and i The Death of the Adversary i reissued in paperback will introduce American readers to a forgotten classic author a witness to World War II and a sophisticated storyteller whose books remain as fresh as when they first came to light


The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

Oscar Wilde s madcap farce about mistaken identities secret engagements and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its publication and premiere performance The rapid fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades br br Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack s ward Cecily When all four arrive at Jack s country home on the same weekend the girls to fight for Ernest s undivided attention and the Ernests to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose br br Only a nursemaid and an old discarded hand bag can save the day


The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy

Gustave Dor was perhaps the most successful illustrator of the nineteenth century His Dor Bible was a treasured possession in countless homes and his best received works continued to appear through the years in edition after edition His illustrations for Dante s i Divine Comedy i constitute one of his most highly regarded efforts and were Dor s personal favorites br The present volume reproduces with excellent clarity all plates that Dor produced for i The Inferno Purgatory i and i Paradise i From the depths of hell onto the mountain of purgatory and up to the empyrean realms of paradise Dor s illustrations depict the passion and grandeur of Dante s masterpiece in such famous scenes as the embarkation of the souls for hell Paolo and Francesca four plates the forest of suicides Tha s the harlot Bertram de Born holding his severed head aloft Ugolino four plates the emergence of Dante and Virgil from hell the ascent up the mountain the flight of the eagle Arachne the lustful sinners being purged in the seventh circle the appearance of Beatrice the planet Mercury and the first splendors of paradise Christ on the cross the stairway of Saturn the final vision of the Queen of Heaven and many more br Each plate is accompanied by appropriate lines from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation of Dante s work


Love Undercover (Simon Romantic Comedies)

True love needs no disguise Kaitlyn Nichols craves a little mystery and mayhem in her life Having a secret agent for a father should do the trick but unfortunately Dad is no and danger is nowhere on the horizon br br But all that changes when Mr Nichols brings home Blaine a seventeen year old hottie who s about to enter the Witness Protection Program Suddenly Kaitlyn s in the perilous position of protecting the cutest guy she s ever met br br When Dad enrolls Blaine in her high school it s up to Kait to detect the girls who want him and the guys who want him dead Meanwhile Kait s about to discover that there s one little thing she can t protect her heart


Midsummer Night's Dream and Other Comedies

Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena In the forest unbeknownst to the mortals Oberon and Titania King and Queen of the faeries are having a spat over a servant boy The plot twists up when Oberon s head mischief maker Puck runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke s wedding one of whom is given a donkey s head and Titania for a lover by Puck and the complications become fantastically funny


Lucifer, Vol. 4: The Divine Comedy

With the original gate between the two worlds shattered into a million separate gates beings from all of the worlds in the old Creation now have the opportunity to join Lucifer s recently opened existence br br While neither Heaven nor Hell await them there the forces aligned against the Lightbringer still have a card or two left to play and their attitude towards Lucifer s new subjects is a far cry from charitable br br This volume contains br Lucifer


Company: A Musical Comedy

Sondheim s breakthrough play


I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

In this engaging memoir written with heart wisdom and a huge helping of hilarity Martin Short shares stories of his life revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became the comedian s comedian Vanity Fair br br Martin Short is one of few celebrities in show business who has continually worked hard found success and maintained a normal happy family life His memoir is a reflection on his diverse collection of experiences both hilarious and heartbreaking br br Short takes us through his career from his early years with Second City Toronto and Saturday Night Live to his movie stage and television stardom He recalls how he developed some of his enduring characters manic man child Ed Grimley elderly Tin Pan Alley songmith Irving Cohen slimy lawyer Nathan Thurm and the blubbery and bizarrely insensitive Jiminy Glick Here too are his movie and television appearances from the classic Three Amigos to his Emmy nominated role in Damages as well as his stage productions including his Tony Award winning performance in Little Me Throughout such friends and luminaries as Steve Martin Tom Hanks John Candy Gilda Radner Lorne Michaels Nora Ephron Frank Sinatra and others share the spotlight br br This deeply private man brings us into the circle of his family life from raising his children to the legendary parties he and his wife hosted in their Los Angeles home He recounts the pain of losing a brother and both parents by the time he was twenty and of the devastating death of Nancy his wife of thirty years in Despite the hardships Short s life has been full of laughter and he remains perennially upbeat In this wise and entertaining memoir he shares his irrepressible joy


Almost Royalty: A Romantic Comedy...of Sorts

i b A Post Hollywood novel and a really intelligent and satirical take on the vanity of wealth and the alienation of privilege Kindleman b i br br i b A hilarious scathing tale of LA life Kirkus Reviews b i br br Courtney Hamilton is a Velveeta loving attorney driven to distraction by a city that seethes with soul sucking status seekers When her friend Marcie formulates an impossibly detailed rating system for acceptable men the Los Angeles Eco Chain of Dating Courtney goes on a self destructive binge that doesn t stop until she gets thrown out of group therapy for insulting a former child actress br br Courtney is mortified as she watches her best friends give up stellar careers in law and the arts to marry entertainment royalty and civilian overachievers Worse they expect Courtney to do the same So they hatch plots to get her to give up her career break her addiction to fake cheese marry into high orbit wealth and rule the stratosphere alongside them br br But Courtney resists She doesn t want to be a poster child for the Opt Out Generation And she certainly doesn t want to be molded into date bait for the top rung of L A society All Courtney wants is to be left alone so she can search beneath the surface for a meaningful life But between a meddling narcissistic mother a self absorbed therapist and friends trying to send her to dating re education camps it seems that fake cheese is the only genuine thing left in the city Social ambition combats self actualization in this biting tale of one woman s search for certainty in a city full of mirages


Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

A fresh creative look at the underlying meaning of the Gospels that stresses the many dimensions of God s relationship to humanity


Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation

Want to learn the improv techniques that helped Mike Myers Chris Farley John Belushi and many others along the road to TV and film stardom Then let two esteemed founders of long form improvisational theatre Del Close and Charna Halpern teach you the Harold This groundbreaking acting exercise emphasizes pattern recognition and subversion of the audience s expectations which are important factors for making people laugh without ever telling a joke It involves six to seven players and many kinds of scenes games monologues songs skits and more all of which are bound to keep both actors and audience members guessing The Harold is non linear entertainment that remembers everything and wastes nothing the key to successful improvising and has become a standard in comedy clubs and improv theatres around the globe


Sea of Love (Simon Romantic Comedies)

b When it comes to love sometimes it s sink or swim b br br As if it s not bad enough that Darby had to leave NYC and her BF to move to Florida where her family s started running a hotel now she has to help with the hotel s annual Valentine s Day Cupid s Ball Things start looking up when local beach hottie Zach takes Darby surfing and shows her around Beach life actually starts to grow on this fish out of water br br Then surprise A week before the ball Darby s NYC ex decides to pay her a visit Darby s knee deep in guilt because she realizes she s fallen for Zach This Valentine s Day is Darby ready to dive into a new relationship with the guy who s captured her heart


A Modern Comedy

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Much Ado About Nothing: A Comedy

The story set in Messina Italy concerns a pair of lovers named Claudio and Hero who are due to be married in a week To pass the time before their wedding day they conspire with Don Pedro the prince of Aragon to trick their friends Beatrice and Benedick into confessing their love for one another The prince s illegitimate brother Don John however jealous of both Don Pedro s power and his affection for Claudio plans to destroy the coming wedding


The Divine Comedy

i The Divine Comedy i translated by Allen Mandelbaum begins in a shadowed forest on Good Friday in the year It proceeds on a journey that in its intense recreation of the depths and the heights of human experience has become the key with which Western civilization has sought to unlock the mystery of its own identity br br Mandelbaum s astonishingly Dantean translation which captures so much of the life of the original renders whole for us the masterpiece of that genius whom our greatest poets have recognized as a central model for all poets br br This Everyman s edition containing in one volume all three cantos Inferno Purgatorio and Paradiso includes an introduction by Nobel Prize winning poet Eugenio Montale a chronology notes and a bibliography Also included are forty two drawings selected from Botticelli s marvelous late fifteenth century series of illustrations br br Book Jacket Status Jacketed


Inferno (The Divine Comedy #1)

Guided by the poet Virgil Dante plunges to the very depths of Hell and embarks on his arduous journey towards God Together they descend through the twenty four circles of the underworld and encounter the tormented souls of the damned from heretics and pagans to gluttons criminals and seducers who tell of their sad fates and predict events still to come in Dante s life In this first part of his i Divine Comedy i Dante fused satire and humour with intellect and soaring passion to create an immortal Christian allegory of mankind s search for self knowledge and spiritual enlightenment


The Comedy of Errors

Hilarious fun this early comedy is filled with the merry violence of slapstick and farce When two sets of twins separated and apparently lost to each other all end up in the rowdy rollicking city of Ephesus the stage is set for mix ups mayhem and mistaken identity plus the timeless puns jokes gags and suspense that makes this play a wonderful theatrical frolic and a brilliant tour de force of language and laughter


Sacré Bleu: A Comedy d'Art

In his latest novel Moore takes on the Great French Masters A magnificent Comedy d Art i Sacre Bleu i is part mystery part history sort of part love story and wholly hilarious as it follows a young baker painter who joins the dapper Henri Toulouse Lautrec on a quest to unravel the mystery behind the supposed suicide of Vincent van Gogh


Purgatorio (The Divine Comedy, #2)

In the early s Dante Alighieri set out to write the three volumes which make the up em The Divine Comedy Purgatorio em is the second volume in this set and opens with Dante the poet picturing Dante the pilgrim coming out of the pit of hell Similar to the em Inferno em cantos this volume is divided into cantos written in tercets groups of lines The English prose is arranged in tercets to facilitate easy correspondence to the verse form of the Italian on the facing page enabling the reader to follow both languages line by line In an effort to capture the peculiarities of Dante s original language this translation strives toward the literal and sheds new light on the shape of the poem Again the text of em Purgatorio em follows Petrocchi s em La Commedia secondo l antica vulgata em but the editor has departed from Petrocchi s readings in a number of cases somewhat larger than in the previous em Inferno em not without consideration of recent critical readings of the em Comedy em by scholars such as Lanza and Sanguineti As before Petrocchi s punctuation has been lightened and American norms have been followed However without any pretensions to being critical the text presented here is electic and being not persuaded of the exclusive authority of any manuscript the editor has felt free to adopt readings from various branches of the stemma One major addition to this second volume is in the notes where is found the em Intercantica em a section for each canto that discusses its relation to the em Inferno em and which will make it easier for the reader to relate the different parts of the em Comedy em as a whole br


Paradiso (The Divine Comedy, #3)

Dorothy L Sayers s landmark translation follows Dante s i terza rima i stanza s and brings his poetry vividly to life Her work was completed after her death by Barbara Reynolds who provides a foreword on the importance of the translation and an introduction on Dante s view of Heaven This edition also includes a new foreword updated further reading notes appendices a glossary diagrams and genealogical tables


Job: A Comedy of Justice

After he firewalked in Polynesia the world wasn t the same for Alexander Hergensheimer now called Alec Graham As natural accidents occurred without cease Alex knew Armageddon and the Day of Judgement were near Somehow he had to bring his beloved heathen Margrethe to a state of grace and while he was at it save the rest of the world


The Human Comedy

Members of the Macauley family find their peaceful existence in rural California greatly changed in the early months of br


Sick in the Head: Conversations About Life and Comedy

b i NEW YORK TIMES i BESTSELLER b NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY i THE A V CLUB i b From the writer and director of i Knocked Up i and the producer of i Freaks and Geeks i comes a collection of intimate hilarious conversations with the biggest names in comedy from the past thirty years including Mel Brooks Jerry Seinfeld Jon Stewart Roseanne Barr Harold Ramis Louis C K Chris Rock and Lena Dunham b br br Before becoming one of the most successful filmmakers in Hollywood Judd Apatow was the original comedy nerd At fifteen he took a job washing dishes in a local comedy club just so he could watch endless stand up for free At sixteen he was hosting a show for his local high school radio station in Syosset Long Island a show that consisted of Q amp As with his comedy heroes from Garry Shandling to Jerry Seinfeld They talked about their careers the science of a good joke and their dreams of future glory turns out Shandling was interested in having his own TV show one day and Steve Allen had already invented everything br br Thirty years later Apatow is still that same comedy nerd and he s still interviewing funny people about why they do what they do br i br Sick in the Head i gathers Apatow s most memorable and revealing conversations into one hilarious wide ranging and incredibly candid collection that spans not only his career but his entire adult life Here are the comedy legends who inspired and shaped him from Mel Brooks to Steve Martin Here are the contemporaries he grew up with in Hollywood from Spike Jonze to Sarah Silverman And here finally are the brightest stars in comedy today many of whom Apatow has been fortunate to work with from Seth Rogen to Amy Schumer And along the way something kind of magical happens What started as a lifetime s worth of conversations about comedy becomes something else entirely It becomes an exploration of creativity ambition neediness generosity spirituality and the joy that comes from making people laugh br br Loaded with the kind of back of the club stories that comics tell one another when no one else is watching this fascinating personal and borderline obsessive book is Judd Apatow s gift to comedy nerds everywhere br br b Praise for i Sick in the Head i b br br I can t stop reading it I don t want this book to end b Jimmy Fallon b br br An essential for any comedy geek b i Entertainment Weekly i b br br Fascinating a collection of interviews with many of the great figures of comedy in the latter half of the twentieth century b i The Washington Post i b br br Open this book anywhere and you re bound to find some interesting nugget from someone who has had you in stitches many many times b Janet Maslin i The New York Times i b br br An amazing read full of insights and connections both creative and interpersonal b i The i i New Yorker i b br br Fascinating and revelatory b i Chicago Tribune i b br br For fans of stand up i Sick in the Head i is a Bible of sorts b i Newsweek i br b br These are wonderful expansive interviews at times brutal at times breathtaking with artists whose wit intelligence gaze and insights are all sharp enough to draw blood b Michael Chabon b br br Anyone even remotely interested in comedy or humanity should own this book It is hilarious and informative and it contains insightful interviews with the greatest comics comedians and comediennes of our time My representatives assure me I will appear in a future edition b Will Ferrell b br br br i From the Hardcover edition i


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

b In this side splitting memoir the former i Saturday Night Live i 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 b Anyone who saw an episode of i Saturday Night Live i between and knows Rachel Dratch She was hilarious So what happened to her After a misbegotten part as Jenna on the pilot of i Rock i Dratch was only getting offered roles as Lesbians Secretaries Sometimes secretaries who are lesbians br br 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 br br 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 br br Filled with great behind the scenes anecdotes from Dratch s time on i SNL Girl Walks into a Bar i 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 Comedies

In English translations that achieve a lively readability without sacrificing the dramatic and comic impact of the original Latin this volume presents all six comedies The Girl from Andros Andria The Self Tormentor Heautontimorumenos The Eunuch Eunouchus Phormios The Brothers Adelphoe and Her Husband s Mother Hecyra


The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch

A dark and frightening fully painted novella MR PUNCH tells the tale of a young boy s loss of innocence results from a horrific confrontation with his past Spending a summer at his grandfather s seaside arcade a troubled adolescent harmlessly becomes involved with a mysterious Punch and Judy Man and a mermaid portraying woman But when the violent puppet show triggers buried memories of the boy s family the lives of all become feverishly intertwined With disturbing mysteries and half truths uncontrollably unraveling the young boy is forced to deal with his family s dark secrets of violence betrayal and guilt


Lovestruck: A Romantic Comedy Standalone


For Us, the Living: A Comedy of Customs

No description available


The Teacher's Funeral : A Comedy in Three Parts

In Russell Culver wants to leave school and his tiny Indiana farm town for the endless sky of the Dakotas Instead of school closing leaving him free to roam his sister Tansy steps in Despite stolen supplies a privy fire and many snakes Tansy maybe just maybe can set her brother on a wiser course


Old Masters: A Comedy

In this exuberantly satirical novel the tutor Atzbacher has been summoned by his friend Reger to meet him in a Viennese museum While Reger gazes at a Tintoretto portrait Atzbacher who fears Reger s plans to kill himself gives us a portrait of the musicologist his wisdom his devotion to his wife and his love hate relationship with art With characteristically acerbic wit Bernhard exposes the pretensions and aspirations of humanity in a novel at once pessimistic and strangely exhilarating


Comedy in a Minor Key

A penetrating study of ordinary people resisting the Nazi occupation and true to its title a dark comedy of wartime manners i Comedy in a Minor Key i tells the story of Wim and Marie a Dutch couple who first hide a Jew they know as Nico then must dispose of his body when he dies of pneumonia This novella first published in and now translated into English for the first time shows Hans Keilson at his best deeply ironic penetrating sympathetic and brilliantly modern an heir to Joseph Roth and Franz Kafka In when Keilson received Germany s prestigious Welt Literature Prize the citation praised his work for exploring the destructive impulse at work in the twentieth century down to its deepest psychological and spiritual ramifications br br Published to celebrate Keilson s hundredth birthday i Comedy in a Minor Key i and i The Death of the Adversary i reissued in paperback will introduce American readers to a forgotten classic author a witness to World War II and a sophisticated storyteller whose books remain as fresh as when they first came to light


The Importance of Being Earnest: A Trivial Comedy for Serious People

Oscar Wilde s madcap farce about mistaken identities secret engagements and lovers entanglements still delights readers more than a century after its publication and premiere performance The rapid fire wit and eccentric characters of The Importance of Being Earnest have made it a mainstay of the high school curriculum for decades br br Cecily Cardew and Gwendolen Fairfax are both in love with the same mythical suitor Jack Worthing has wooed Gwendolen as Ernest while Algernon has also posed as Ernest to win the heart of Jack s ward Cecily When all four arrive at Jack s country home on the same weekend the girls to fight for Ernest s undivided attention and the Ernests to claim their beloveds pandemonium breaks loose br br Only a nursemaid and an old discarded hand bag can save the day


The Doré Illustrations for Dante's Divine Comedy

Gustave Dor was perhaps the most successful illustrator of the nineteenth century His Dor Bible was a treasured possession in countless homes and his best received works continued to appear through the years in edition after edition His illustrations for Dante s i Divine Comedy i constitute one of his most highly regarded efforts and were Dor s personal favorites br The present volume reproduces with excellent clarity all plates that Dor produced for i The Inferno Purgatory i and i Paradise i From the depths of hell onto the mountain of purgatory and up to the empyrean realms of paradise Dor s illustrations depict the passion and grandeur of Dante s masterpiece in such famous scenes as the embarkation of the souls for hell Paolo and Francesca four plates the forest of suicides Tha s the harlot Bertram de Born holding his severed head aloft Ugolino four plates the emergence of Dante and Virgil from hell the ascent up the mountain the flight of the eagle Arachne the lustful sinners being purged in the seventh circle the appearance of Beatrice the planet Mercury and the first splendors of paradise Christ on the cross the stairway of Saturn the final vision of the Queen of Heaven and many more br Each plate is accompanied by appropriate lines from the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow translation of Dante s work


Love Undercover (Simon Romantic Comedies)

True love needs no disguise Kaitlyn Nichols craves a little mystery and mayhem in her life Having a secret agent for a father should do the trick but unfortunately Dad is no and danger is nowhere on the horizon br br But all that changes when Mr Nichols brings home Blaine a seventeen year old hottie who s about to enter the Witness Protection Program Suddenly Kaitlyn s in the perilous position of protecting the cutest guy she s ever met br br When Dad enrolls Blaine in her high school it s up to Kait to detect the girls who want him and the guys who want him dead Meanwhile Kait s about to discover that there s one little thing she can t protect her heart


Midsummer Night's Dream and Other Comedies

Shakespeare s intertwined love polygons begin to get complicated from the start Demetrius and Lysander both want Hermia but she only has eyes for Lysander Bad news is Hermia s father wants Demetrius for a son in law On the outside is Helena whose unreturned love burns hot for Demetrius Hermia and Lysander plan to flee from the city under cover of darkness but are pursued by an enraged Demetrius who is himself pursued by an enraptured Helena In the forest unbeknownst to the mortals Oberon and Titania King and Queen of the faeries are having a spat over a servant boy The plot twists up when Oberon s head mischief maker Puck runs loose with a flower which causes people to fall in love with the first thing they see upon waking Throw in a group of labourers preparing a play for the Duke s wedding one of whom is given a donkey s head and Titania for a lover by Puck and the complications become fantastically funny


Lucifer, Vol. 4: The Divine Comedy

With the original gate between the two worlds shattered into a million separate gates beings from all of the worlds in the old Creation now have the opportunity to join Lucifer s recently opened existence br br While neither Heaven nor Hell await them there the forces aligned against the Lightbringer still have a card or two left to play and their attitude towards Lucifer s new subjects is a far cry from charitable br br This volume contains br Lucifer


Company: A Musical Comedy

Sondheim s breakthrough play


I Must Say: My Life as a Humble Comedy Legend

In this engaging memoir written with heart wisdom and a huge helping of hilarity Martin Short shares stories of his life revealing how a Canadian kid obsessed with American show business became the comedian s comedian Vanity Fair br br Martin Short is one of few celebrities in show business who has continually worked hard found success and maintained a normal happy family life His memoir is a reflection on his diverse collection of experiences both hilarious and heartbreaking br br Short takes us through his career from his early years with Second City Toronto and Saturday Night Live to his movie stage and television stardom He recalls how he developed some of his enduring characters manic man child Ed Grimley elderly Tin Pan Alley songmith Irving Cohen slimy lawyer Nathan Thurm and the blubbery and bizarrely insensitive Jiminy Glick Here too are his movie and television appearances from the classic Three Amigos to his Emmy nominated role in Damages as well as his stage productions including his Tony Award winning performance in Little Me Throughout such friends and luminaries as Steve Martin Tom Hanks John Candy Gilda Radner Lorne Michaels Nora Ephron Frank Sinatra and others share the spotlight br br This deeply private man brings us into the circle of his family life from raising his children to the legendary parties he and his wife hosted in their Los Angeles home He recounts the pain of losing a brother and both parents by the time he was twenty and of the devastating death of Nancy his wife of thirty years in Despite the hardships Short s life has been full of laughter and he remains perennially upbeat In this wise and entertaining memoir he shares his irrepressible joy


Almost Royalty: A Romantic Comedy...of Sorts

i b A Post Hollywood novel and a really intelligent and satirical take on the vanity of wealth and the alienation of privilege Kindleman b i br br i b A hilarious scathing tale of LA life Kirkus Reviews b i br br Courtney Hamilton is a Velveeta loving attorney driven to distraction by a city that seethes with soul sucking status seekers When her friend Marcie formulates an impossibly detailed rating system for acceptable men the Los Angeles Eco Chain of Dating Courtney goes on a self destructive binge that doesn t stop until she gets thrown out of group therapy for insulting a former child actress br br Courtney is mortified as she watches her best friends give up stellar careers in law and the arts to marry entertainment royalty and civilian overachievers Worse they expect Courtney to do the same So they hatch plots to get her to give up her career break her addiction to fake cheese marry into high orbit wealth and rule the stratosphere alongside them br br But Courtney resists She doesn t want to be a poster child for the Opt Out Generation And she certainly doesn t want to be molded into date bait for the top rung of L A society All Courtney wants is to be left alone so she can search beneath the surface for a meaningful life But between a meddling narcissistic mother a self absorbed therapist and friends trying to send her to dating re education camps it seems that fake cheese is the only genuine thing left in the city Social ambition combats self actualization in this biting tale of one woman s search for certainty in a city full of mirages


Telling the Truth: The Gospel as Tragedy, Comedy, and Fairy Tale

A fresh creative look at the underlying meaning of the Gospels that stresses the many dimensions of God s relationship to humanity


Truth in Comedy: The Manual for Improvisation

Want to learn the improv techniques that helped Mike Myers Chris Farley John Belushi and many others along the road to TV and film stardom Then let two esteemed founders of long form improvisational theatre Del Close and Charna Halpern teach you the Harold This groundbreaking acting exercise emphasizes pattern recognition and subversion of the audience s expectations which are important factors for making people laugh without ever telling a joke It involves six to seven players and many kinds of scenes games monologues songs skits and more all of which are bound to keep both actors and audience members guessing The Harold is non linear entertainment that remembers everything and wastes nothing the key to successful improvising and has become a standard in comedy clubs and improv theatres around the globe


Sea of Love (Simon Romantic Comedies)

b When it comes to love sometimes it s sink or swim b br br As if it s not bad enough that Darby had to leave NYC and her BF to move to Florida where her family s started running a hotel now she has to help with the hotel s annual Valentine s Day Cupid s Ball Things start looking up when local beach hottie Zach takes Darby surfing and shows her around Beach life actually starts to grow on this fish out of water br br Then surprise A week before the ball Darby s NYC ex decides to pay her a visit Darby s knee deep in guilt because she realizes she s fallen for Zach This Valentine s Day is Darby ready to dive into a new relationship with the guy who s captured her heart


A Modern Comedy

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Much Ado About Nothing: A Comedy

The story set in Messina Italy concerns a pair of lovers named Claudio and Hero who are due to be married in a week To pass the time before their wedding day they conspire with Don Pedro the prince of Aragon to trick their friends Beatrice and Benedick into confessing their love for one another The prince s illegitimate brother Don John however jealous of both Don Pedro s power and his affection for Claudio plans to destroy the coming wedding