Laugh: Portraits of the Greatest Comedians and the Funny Stories They Tell Each Other

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Mike Thomas
William Morrow, 1999 - Humor - 98 pages
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A stirring combination of photography & narrative, Laugh showcases exquisite black-&-white photographs of fifty comedians & captures a previously unseen side of their character as they reveal, in their own words, what amuses them most. Famous for his smoky, soul-rendering photographs of jazz musicians, William Claxton has an intense rapport with his subjects, evident here more than ever as his lens captures the very essence of these entertainers & the place within them where comedy is born. From contemporary classics like Robin Williams, Billy Crystal, & Dan Aykroyd to the hip & hot--Paul Reiser, Margaret Cho, & Jon Stewart--to Carol Burnett, Carl Reiner, & John Cleese, & others who shaped comedy, the men & women of Laugh dare to be themselves before William Claxton's lens. The stories they tell each other for laughs (from Hollywood humiliation to cheeky children) provide a raucous romp that is as dark as it is wry.

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Acclaimed editorial and fashion photographer William Claxton is perhaps best known for his cool photographs of the LA and New York jazz scene beginning in the late 1940s. His publications include Jazz (1996), Claxography: The Art of Jazz Photography (1996), Young Chet (1999), and The Rudi Gernreich Book (1999).

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