My review of a new book by comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff about Native American comedians, sketch performers, and teams which covers their successes and struggles against stereotypes, racism, and promoters.
I was sad to hear of the death at 91 of Norton Juster, author of what I consider the greatest book of all time, “The Phantom Tollbooth.” Here’s my little tribute to him and his classic work.
Here is my review of a fascinating book by Olga Khazan, “Weird: The Power of Being An Outsider In An Insider World,” which includes a great story about The Beatles.
A review of the autobiography of the moviemaker who gave us “Get Shorty,” 2 Addams Family movies, 3 Men In Black movies, and more — after overcoming an unbelievably troubled childhood (and an adulthood that wasn’t all that smooth, either).
My review of Alan Zweibel’s “Laugh Lines,” in which he recounts stories from his career as a comedy writer for “Saturday Night Live” and “It’s Garry Shandling’s Show,” as well as Gilda Radner, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Martin Short, and many others.
My review of Woody Allen’s autobiography, “Apropos Of Nothing,” in which he shares stories from every facet of his life, from childhood to TV writer to standup comedian to writer/director/star of dozens of movies — and yes, the controversy that derailed his career.
Before you see Martin Scorsese’s “The Irishman” (with DeNiro, Pacino, Pesci, et al), listen to my interview with the man who wrote the book the movie’s based on.
My review of a new book by Neil deGrasse Tyson, currently America’s best explainer of all things scientific, in which he reprints correspondence he’s had with fans, haters, and others who simply want to know more.