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Comedy book with surefire can’t-miss formula, misses

The other day at the library I noticed a pink-covered book, “We Killed: The Rise of Women in American Comedy.” It was filled with interviews. Cool!

I checked it out and . . . jeez was it boring. It’s hard to imagine you could interview a bunch of comedians and come up with something so blah. This book is only a million times worse than The Last Laugh, which I blurbed here.

I did a quick web search . . . hmmm, the book was reviewed by the New York Times, the Boston Globe, featured on NPR . . . yeah, that all makes sense, as it sounds like a great idea for a book.

Here’s the Times review, which is pretty much what I would say. The book might be interesting to historians but it’s surprisingly non-entertaining.

Or, to ba fair, maybe I should flip it around: The book is not entertaining but it might be interesting to historians. Who says books have to be entertaining? Bayesian Data Analysis is not particularly entertaining, so why do I ask that of others.

Still, if you’re interested in the recent history of comedy, I recommend you start with The Last Laugh.


  1. Shecky R says:

    I recently read Judd Apatow’s “Sick In The Head,” also a compendium of interviews with comedians (male & female), and thoroughly enjoyed it — I found the different takes on life and on comedy-creation from different performers quite fascinating. If you haven’t already seen it, might give it a gander.

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