The Funny Men [*SIGNED* twice]

By: Allen, Steve

Price: $25.00

Quantity: 1 available

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj

[tiny bump/crack at bottom front corner, a few ink lines in margins (others have been neatly erased); the jacket is a bit of a mess, having been torn in several places and tape-repaired/reinforced both externally and internally, also well-worn at the flap-folds]. INSCRIBED and SIGNED by the author, twice: "To Jack / Best wishes!" on the colophon page, and "To Francis -- / Best regards -- " on the ffep; both signatures are with the author's full name. "Here for the first time is a survey of the [comedy] field from someone who is up to his larynx in it." And indeed he was: at the time this book first appeared, Allen was two years into his stint as the first host of "The Tonight Show" on NBC, and in writing about his contemporaries -- most of the top TV comics of the day -- he had the advantage of knowing most of them in person. After a couple of chapters in which he muses on the state of TV humor in general, he devotes a chapter of the book to each of the following (arranged alphabetically, no doubt a calculated choice to avoid the appearance of playing favorites): Fred Allen, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Red Buttons, Sid Caesar, Eddie Cantor, Wally Cox, Jackie Gleason, George Gobel, Arthur Godfrey, Bob Hope, Sam Levenson, Jerry Lewis, Groucho Marx, Phil Silvers, and Red Skelton. Signed by Author

Title: The Funny Men [*SIGNED* twice]

Author: Allen, Steve

Illustrator: Illustrated by (dj design) Peter Hollander

Categories: *NEW ARRIVALS,

Edition: First Edition

Publisher: New York, Simon and Schuster: 1956

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition: Very Good+ in Fair dj

Inscription: Signed by Author

Seller ID: 24409

Keywords: Television Comedy Comedians Fifties Signed