I'm dying up here: heartbreak and high times in standup comedy's golden era

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PublicAffairs,
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2009.
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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 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.

William Knoedelseder was then a cub reporter covering the burgeoning local comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the first major newspaper profiles of several of the future stars. And he was there when the comedians?who were not paid by the clubs where they performed? tried to change the system and incidentally tore apart their own close-knit community. In I’m Dying Up Here he tells the whole story of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of how those days still resonate in the lives of those who were there. As comedy clubs and cable TV began to boom, many would achieve stardom.... but success had its price.

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table_of_contents Prologue: a true comic -- Blood brothers -- the hippest room -- Mitzi's store -- Tom, Dave, and George -- All about Budd -- Six minutes, twenty-two laughs -- The boys' club -- Guns, drugs, and Westwood -- Comedy university -- Richard's baroness, Steve's movie -- The funniest year ever -- Roommates -- The New Year's resolution --- Drugs and theft -- Order, please -- Diary of a young comic -- The gantlet -- Comedians for compensation -- Choosing up sides -- Fire! -- The vote -- All on the line -- Dave's big night --The union forever? -- Jay's big flop -- "My name is Steve Lubetkin" -- A standing ovation -- Epilogue: the prisoner of memory.
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