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Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • B01N3RD9E2
  • 240 pages
  • $1.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2016
  • 978-0991313549
  • 240 pages
  • $6.99
Plrknib

Adult; Memoir; (Market)

In "Plrknib" Alex Bernstein takes the I'm with the Band vibe from "Almost Famous" and flips it into I'm with the Comics. The author of "Miserable Holiday Stories" brings you back to 1980 to tell a coming-of-age story set in the breakneck world of stand-up comedy. At 16, Bernstein became the youngest regular at Cincinnati’s premiere comedy club, d.w. eye. But as the pressure to keep up with the older comics grew, he looked for something – some edge – to help him compete. And then he found one: "Plrknib" – the perfect joke. But using the joke came with a terrible, terrible price. Set against the bohemian, downtown comedy boom of the early '80s, "Plrknib" is a breezy, bittersweet, and utterly compelling memoir about love, friendship, and finding your own punchlines.
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Amazon

Wow. I Liked a Book About Stand-Up Comedy!, November 27, 2016

In this heartfelt, edgy coming-of-age story, the author essentially abandons his senior year of high school to take on the world of stand-up comedy. In this up-close and personal narrative, the reader experiences the highest highs and the lowest lows, from figuring out how to put a joke together, to bonding with the other comics, to achieving (at least brief) rock star status – with comedy groupies, no less. Impressively, unlike most books about comedy, the author does an excellent job here of dissecting the frog without killing it in the process. The Power of Jokes permeates this book – in recurrent explanations, ethical debates, jokes as driving forces to the method and madness of the comics using them, and as pure Greek Chorus – in a way that’s rarely seen in fiction. I honestly was surprised to like a book about Stand-Up Comedy. Clearly, “Plrknib” was the book I was waiting for. Highly Recommended.

 

Formats
Kindle Edition eBooks Details
  • B01N3RD9E2
  • 240 pages
  • $1.99
Paperback Details
  • 12/2016
  • 978-0991313549
  • 240 pages
  • $6.99

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