Kliph Nesteroff – The Comedians Book Event – Nov 14

Kliph Nesteroff – Live Book Event – The Comedians
Saturday November 14th
Comedy Bar – 945 Bloor St W
7pm (Doors at 6:30)
Click Here for tickets ($10)

Kliph-Comedians-WebKliph visits Toronto’s Comedy Bar for a special event as part of his North American book tour!

Moderated by award winning author and journalist Andrew Clark, Kliph will be telling stories, engaging in a Q&A, and signing copies of his new book “The Comedians – Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy”

Books will be available for sale in the lobby prior to and after the event

Presented by Empire Comedy Live & Humber College

Press & Media Requests can be directed to Ian@EmpireComedy.Net

Praise for Kliph Nesteroff & The Comedians

“This guy is really brilliant. And he is devoted to the things I love – to the art of comedy” – Mel Brooks

“I was completely enchanted with his writing… Please go read his stuff. It’s awesome” – Marc Maron

“Essential” – John Hodgman

 

About the Author: Kliph Nesteroff is a former stand-up comic turned writer. A longtime contributor to WFMU, writing about the history of comedy, Nesteroff’s latest project is hosting the Classic Showbiz Talk Show, a live series in Los Angeles that has welcomed comedy luminaries like Mel Brooks, Fred Willard and Laugh-In creator George Schlatter.

About the Book: In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Based on over two hundred original interviews and extensive archival research, Nesteroff’s groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years.

Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian-an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian’s primary employer.

In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity andstaged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. From comedy’s part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of the 1980s, The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.

About the Moderator: Andrew Clark, an award-winning journalist, screenwriter and author, is Director of the Comedy Writing and Performance program at Humber College in Toronto. He has won a gold award and been nominated several times for his writing at the National Magazine Awards, and was nominated for a Governor-General’s Aaward for Literary Non-Fiction for his most recent book, A Keen Soldier: The Execution of Second World War Private Harold Pringle. He has written for publications including The Globe and Mail, The Walrus, Maclean’s and The New York Times.

Kliph Nesteroff – Live Book Event – The Comedians
Saturday November 14th
Comedy Bar – 945 Bloor St W
7pm (Doors at 6:30)
Click Here for tickets ($10)