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Published by The Scarecrow Press in Lanham, Md .
Written in English

Subjects:

Places:

  • United States,
  • Great Britain

Subjects:

  • Comedians -- United States -- Biography -- Dictionaries,
  • Comedians -- Great Britain -- Biography -- Dictionaries

Book details:

Edition Notes

Includes filmography and index.

StatementAnthony Slide.
Classifications
LC ClassificationsPN2285 .S542 1998
The Physical Object
Paginationv, 165 p. :
Number of Pages165
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL365424M
ISBN 100810835347
LC Control Number98025751

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Eccentrics of Comedy examines the lives and careers of twelve entertainers whose comedic styles were distinctly eccentric: Milton Berle, Ed Brendel, Bobby Clark, Phyllis Diller, the Duncan Sisters, Edward Everett Horton, Alice Howell, Franklin Pangborn, Old Mother Riley, Margaret Rutherford, Colonel Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle, and Ernest Thesiger. Eccentrics of Comedy examines the lives and careers of thirteen entertainers whose comedic style was distinctly eccentric: Milton Berle, El Brendel, Bobby Clark, Phyllis Diller, the two Duncan Sisters, Edward Everett Horton, Alice Howell, Franklin Pangborn, Old Mother Riley, Margaret Rutherford, Colonel Lemuel Q. Stoopnagle, and Ernest Thesiger. The idea of a book whose cover featured one of the most annoying characters in cinema history — the fake Swede of many a s movie, El Brendel — was almost too terrifying to contemplate. Delving a bit further, I was reassured; this is an enjoyably pithy collection of essays on “eccentrics of comedy,” some unheralded or even unknown now, by that lovable curmudgeon Anthony Slide. This book summarizes findings from the first systematic study of "eccentrics": highly talented and unusual people who are somewhere between "normal" and "nuts". This is a domain occupied by genuine geniuses and charming crackpots whose common feature is that they refuse to hold commonly held beliefs or refuse to act in accordance with the norms of by:

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