Nonfiction Book Group: June

Please note: the group is meeting one week earlier than usual this month. Join us Saturday, June 12, 2021 at 10:00 AM via Zoom video conference as the Nonfiction Book Group discusses: 

In The Comedians, comedy historian Kliph Nesteroff brings to life a century of American comedy with real-life characters, forgotten stars, mainstream heroes and counterculture iconoclasts. Nesteroff's groundbreaking work is a narrative exploration of the way comedians have reflected, shaped, and changed American culture over the past one hundred years. 

Starting with the vaudeville circuit at the turn of the last century, Nesteroff introduces the first stand-up comedian - an emcee who abandoned physical shtick for straight jokes. After the repeal of Prohibition, Mafia-run supper clubs replaced speakeasies, and mobsters replaced vaudeville impresarios as the comedian's primary employer. In the 1950s, the late-night talk show brought stand-up to a wide public, while Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl, and Jonathan Winters attacked conformity and staged a comedy rebellion in coffeehouses. 

From comedy's part in the Civil Rights movement and the social upheaval of the late 1960s, to the first comedy clubs of the 1970s and the cocaine-fueled comedy boom of  the 1980s,  The Comedians culminates with a new era of media-driven celebrity in the twenty-first century.

This book is immediately available on Hoopla in e-book format. If you would like to reserve a print copy, call us at 734-397-0999 to place a copy on hold. 

Registered participants will receive an email two days before the program with a link to attend the discussion. To help you make the most of your virtual program experience we have compiled some tips and resources.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, June 12 - 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM Online The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy