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Book Title: Funnymen|
The author of the book: Ted Heller
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Date of issue: April 8th 2003
ISBN 13: 9780743235006
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The size of the: 34.29 MB
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Sigmund "Ziggy" Blissman isn't the best-looking, sanest boy in the world. Far from it. But this misfit child of a failed husband-and-wife vaudeville team has one thing going for him: He can crack people up just by batting his eyelashes. Vittorio "Vic" Fontana, the son of a fisherman, can barely carry a tune or even stay awake while attempting to, but he, too, has one thing going for him: Women love to look at him. On their own, these two men are failures. But one summer night in the Catskills, Ziggy and Vic step onstage and together become the funniest men -- and hottest act -- in America.
Written as a fictional oral history and filled with more than seventy memorable characters, Funnymen is the wildly inventive story of "Fountain and Bliss," the comedy duo that delighted America in the 1940s and 1950s. The episodes recounted here by managers, wives, children, mistresses, friends, fans, and foes -- and the truths Heller reveals about human ambition, egotism, and friendship -- make Funnymen not only a masterpiece of storytelling, but also a thoroughly hilarious read.
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Read information about the authorHello, Reader.
I am the author of three—no, make that FOUR—novels. They are, in order of appearance: Slab Rat, Funnymen, Pocket Kings, and West of Babylon.
Slab Rat was a dark novel about office politics in the magazine business and how one man (the book's narrator) would sink to any level to succeed. The Washington Post named it one of the year's 10 best books.
Funnymen was a slightly less dark, fictitious "oral biography" about a Martin-and-Lewis-type comedy team. It followed them from cradle to grave. If there's a better novel out there about comedians, I don't know about it.
Pocket Kings, which came out in 2012, was a very, very dark novel about a failed writer who achieves playing online poker the success and glory he sought in the literary world. Thought he makes hundreds of thousands of dollars playing, he still manages to lose everything else.
And now comes West of Babylon. It's not really that dark at all but, compared to Pocket Kings, neither is a black room with no windows, doors, light and air. West of Babylon is about a Long Island-based rock band that's been together for almost forty years. Although their heyday is long gone, they still record and play. They now face their most serious crisis ever, though, as one of the band members is seriously ill.
My agent and I sent out West of Babylon on the heels of the rave reviews for Pocket Kings, but publishers passed on it. I thought that this book was too good to not publish so I am publishing it myself, in electronic format only. There was no way I was going to let this story and these characters die.
I had a lot of fun writing and researching West of Babylon. I listened to music I hadn't listened to for a while and read books about the Rolling Stones, the Band, the Allman Brothers, etc.
I hope you read West of Babylon and really like it.
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