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Best books on the comedy industry?

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Hi guys, I've enjoyed listening to Comedy Bang Bang, and have always loved watching late night talk shows, and interviews with comedians, and always enjoy hearing more about how the industry works, even though I have no desire to be a comedian myself. Can anyone recommend some really good books to read about the comedy industry, behind the scenes stuff as well as and perhaps especially books written by comedians about the industry or autobiographical books that are good.


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One good book that I know of is Comedy at the Edge by Richard Zoglin, which is a great look at comedy in the 70s. It talks a lot about comics that you've probably heard of like George Carlin, Andy Kaufman and Steve Martin. But also some lesser known comics like Robert Klein. Also, Patton Oswalt's book Zombie Spaceship Wasteland has a few stories about a comic's life in the 90s.

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