Come for the big-name celebrities, stay for the business lessons. This true story is a great way to learn about how the entertainment industry works, how labor disputes arise, the process of creating and maintaining a worker's strike, how labor unions operate, and the theatrical nature of labor negotiations.
In the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and several hundred other shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from all across the country migrated en masse to Los Angeles, the new home of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. There, in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams and laughter, they created an artistic community unlike any before or since. It was Comedy Camelot — but it couldn’t last.
Comedian and great interviewer of comedians on his podcast "WTF" says that this is a great book about The Comedy Store. If you'd like to know more about the comedy scene and how it was to be a comic at the Comedy Store, check out this book.
I don't know how many ratings are in but I see somebody else has rated this higher than me. It was ok but I was more interested in the lives of Letterman and Leno and Lewis and Williams etc..... How they wrote, what they performed, how they performed. Instead, a lot of this book centers around the venues, mostly the Commedy Store and the "strike" against it. I enjoyed the first half or so but then it got into the "business" side and kind of lost me.
"Always remember that your fellow comics will get you more work than any agent or manager ever will." - Tom Dreesen
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