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Word Balloon Podcast The History Of Stand Up Comedy With Author Kliph Nesteroff

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Kliph Nesteroff is a fan and historian of American Comedy. His new book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy is packed with anecdotes from his classic television show biz blog . Kliph has an archive of one on one oral history interviews with hundreds of comedy performers and behind the scenes participants. There is hours of incredible reading there. 

In our conversation we look back from vaudeville's 1st stand ups to Louis CK and Marc Maron . We spend time looking back at the creation of the modern comedy album in the 1950s by Redd Foxx, the coffeehouse scene which created the icons Lenny Bruce Jonathan Winters leading to their spiritual successors George Carlin and Robin Williams. The comedy club drug connection of the 70s and 80s personified in the rise and fall of Gary Muledeer . Kliph closes the talk recounting the final performance of Albert Brooks & Bob (Super Dave) Einstein's dad  Harry Einstein