The Tragic Clowns- An Analysis of the Short Lives of John Belushi, Lenny Bruce, and Chris Farley

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9781427616135: The Tragic Clowns- An Analysis of the Short Lives of John Belushi, Lenny Bruce, and Chris Farley

A former Chicago comedian and current psychotherapist provides a psychological profile of John Belushi, Lenny Bruce, and Chris Farley, and attempts to examine the pathos that exists in the inner worlds of comedians.

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Joe Guse is a former comedian and author who has previously published a book on his experiences working with Alzheimer's Disease. Currently pursuing a career in clinical psychology, Joe lives and works in downtown Chicago.


Fascinating read!! This book goes well beyond the standard biography and provides in-depth psychological profiles of these three prominent comedians. --Psychological Review

Interesting connections in this book. Although each of these men died from drug overdoses, each had childhood patterns that drastically affected their adult lives. A fascinating way to write a biography. --Lulu Publications

As a lifelong resident of Chicago I saw John Belushi, Chris Farley, and even the author Joe Guse perform around the city, and therefore found this book particularly interesting. There has certainly been some debate regarding Belushi's story between the Bob Woodward version and the family's version and this book provides another potential explanation that looks at childhood patterns. From what I know about Farley this book also seems to provide some accurate possible insights into his behavior that looks at factors such as his how his religious beliefs contributed to his guilt and shame. Great book and well worth reading if your interested in psychology and comedy and how the two are intermingled. --Comedy Central

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Guse, Joe
Published by Aardvark Pub. (2007)
ISBN 10: 1427616132 ISBN 13: 9781427616135
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Valley Books
(Amherst, MA, U.S.A.)

Book Description Aardvark Pub., 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Very Good. 114pp. Slight wear, some scratching on back cover. Size: 8vo - over 7¾" - 9¾" tall. Bookseller Inventory # 062997

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