Beyond a Joke: Inside the Dark World of Stand-Up Comedy

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It is not a normal person who wants to go onstage and make thousands of strangers laugh every night—this celebration of comedy by a veteran comedy critic is also a story of lives lived to excess

A look at one of the modern world's most dominant and compelling art forms, this book would not be complete without covering comedy's dark side. Homing in on the scandals that have surrounded some of light entertainment's biggest stars, the book tells it as it is, featuring quotes from those that were there at the time. It reveals how the devoted laughter of fans never seemed to be enough for these moody, prickly, ego-driven entertainers, how they would constantly seek more thrills when the curtain came down, how offstage antics of certain comedians would make even rock stars blush, and the number of comedians who have had to deal with paternity suits would make a book in itself. This book addresses the question Are comedians naturally dysfunctional, or does the stress and pressure of the job make them dysfunctional? It takes a particularly odd person to want to pursue comedy as a career, and, as this book reveals, the behavior of comedians once they are successful in their chosen career makes them even odder. From Russell Brand slashing his chest onstage to Jo Brand trashing a friend's car on the motorway, Bruce Dessau has heard it all.

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Comedians are not normal. If they were normal they wouldn't want to go onstage and make thousands of strangers laugh every night. Beyond a Joke is the story of lives lived to excess: of alcohol, drugs, sex... and running marathons.
 
Beyond a Joke is a celebration of comedy -- one of the modern world's most dominant and compelling art forms -- but it is also the story of comedy's dark side, homing in on the scandals that have surrounded some of light entertainment's biggest stars, and telling it as it is, featuring insight from one who was there at the time.
 
While Beyond a Joke explores the extremes of this world it also addresses another question. Are comedians naturally dysfunctional, or does the stress and pressure of the job make them dysfunctional? Ruby Wax once told the author that she had builders in her house who were just as emotionally unstable as most stand-up comedians she had worked with. But they don't want to go on stage and plead with an audience to love them.
 
Bruce Dessau is the only person who could write this book. From Russell Brand slashing his chest onstage to Jo Brand trashing a friend's car on the motorway, he has heard it all. Bruce Dessau knows where the bodies are buried.

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Bruce Dessau is a respected comedy journalists who contributes to many publications including the Guardian, the Evening Standard, and Time Out. He is the author of Rowan Atkinson, has chaired the Edinburgh Comedy Awards panel twice, and has regularly served on the judging committee.

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