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I'm Dying Up Here - Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Era-logo

I'm Dying Up Here - Heartbreak and High Times in Standup Comedy's Golden Era

William Knoedelseder

I'm Dying Up Here chronicles the collective coming of age of the standup comedians who defined American humor during the past three decades. Born early in the Baby Boom, they grew up watching The Tonight Show, went to school during Vietnam and Watergate, migrated en masse to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, and created an artistic community unlike any before or since. They were arguably the funniest people of their generation, living in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams, and laughter. For one brief shining moment, standup comics were as revered as rock stars. It was Comedy Camelot but, of course, it couldn't last. In the late 1970s, William Knoedelseder was a cub reporter assigned to cover the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the first major newspaper profiles of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, and others. He got to know many of them well. And so he covered the scene too when the comedians-who were not paid for performing at the career-making-or-breaking venue called the Comedy Store-tried to change an exploitative system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. Now Knoedelseder has gone back to interview the major participants to tell the whole story of that golden age and of the strike that ended it. Full of revealing portraits of many of the best-known comedic talents of our age, I'm Dying Up Here is also a poignant tale of the price of success and the terrible cost of failure-professional and moral.

I'm Dying Up Here chronicles the collective coming of age of the standup comedians who defined American humor during the past three decades. Born early in the Baby Boom, they grew up watching The Tonight Show, went to school during Vietnam and Watergate, migrated en masse to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, and created an artistic community unlike any before or since. They were arguably the funniest people of their generation, living in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams, and laughter. For one brief shining moment, standup comics were as revered as rock stars. It was Comedy Camelot but, of course, it couldn't last. In the late 1970s, William Knoedelseder was a cub reporter assigned to cover the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the first major newspaper profiles of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, and others. He got to know many of them well. And so he covered the scene too when the comedians-who were not paid for performing at the career-making-or-breaking venue called the Comedy Store-tried to change an exploitative system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. Now Knoedelseder has gone back to interview the major participants to tell the whole story of that golden age and of the strike that ended it. Full of revealing portraits of many of the best-known comedic talents of our age, I'm Dying Up Here is also a poignant tale of the price of success and the terrible cost of failure-professional and moral.
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I'm Dying Up Here chronicles the collective coming of age of the standup comedians who defined American humor during the past three decades. Born early in the Baby Boom, they grew up watching The Tonight Show, went to school during Vietnam and Watergate, migrated en masse to Los Angeles in the mid-1970s, and created an artistic community unlike any before or since. They were arguably the funniest people of their generation, living in a late-night world of sex, drugs, dreams, and laughter. For one brief shining moment, standup comics were as revered as rock stars. It was Comedy Camelot but, of course, it couldn't last. In the late 1970s, William Knoedelseder was a cub reporter assigned to cover the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the first major newspaper profiles of Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, and others. He got to know many of them well. And so he covered the scene too when the comedians-who were not paid for performing at the career-making-or-breaking venue called the Comedy Store-tried to change an exploitative system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. Now Knoedelseder has gone back to interview the major participants to tell the whole story of that golden age and of the strike that ended it. Full of revealing portraits of many of the best-known comedic talents of our age, I'm Dying Up Here is also a poignant tale of the price of success and the terrible cost of failure-professional and moral.

Language:

English

Narrators:

William Dufris

Length:

8h 20m


Chapters

Introduction
Introduction

14:10


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

18:46


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

23:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

29:26


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

27:20


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

11:46


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

10:13


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

16:07


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

12:39


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

11:54


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

12:31


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

19:58


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

11:04


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

13:43


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

16:51


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

10:31


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

10:07


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

08:47


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

24:20


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

19:31


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

11:09


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

12:43


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

27:36


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

13:46


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

21:17


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

14:33


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

28:06


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

15:59


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

32:11