By Michael P. Jeffries
Comedy is a brutal company. whilst comedians outline good fortune, they do not speak about money—they speak about no longer quitting. They paintings in a company the place even large names paintings at no cost, and the inequalities of race, type, and gender create actual limitations. yet in addition they paintings in a company the place humans nonetheless think that onerous paintings and ability bring about the large time. How do humans operating in comedy maintain those contradictions and retain laughing?
In Behind the Laughs, Michael P. Jeffries brings readers into the realm of comedy to bare its darkish corners and percentage its buoyant lifeblood. He attracts on conversations with comedians, in addition to membership vendors, bookers, and bosses, to teach the intense social connections expert humor calls for. not just do comedians need to learn their viewers evening after evening, yet they have to additionally create lasting bonds around the career to get gigs within the first position. Comedy isn't really a meritocracy, and its rewards will not be frequently reputation and fortune. basically performers who be aware of the foundations in their group may be able to make it a career.
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