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The Last Laugh

Author : Phil Berger
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The first and only book to take readers fully into the bizarre universe of the stand-up comic, from its earliest origins in the antics of Milton Berle and Sid Caesar to today's hottest acts.

Chasing the Last Laugh

Author : Richard Zacks
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From Richard Zacks, bestselling author of Island of Vice and The Pirate Hunter, a rich and lively account of how Mark Twain’s late-life adventures abroad helped him recover from financial disaster and family tragedy—and revived his world-class sense of humor Mark Twain, the highest-paid writer in America in 1894, was also one of the nation’s worst investors. “There are two times in a man’s life when he should not speculate,” he wrote. “When he can’t afford it and when he can.” The publishing company Twain owned was failing; his investment in a typesetting device was bleeding red ink. After losing hundreds of thousands of dollars back when a beer cost a nickel, he found himself neck-deep in debt. His heiress wife, Livy, took the setback hard. “I have a perfect horror and heart-sickness over it,” she wrote. “I cannot get away from the feeling that business failure means disgrace.” But Twain vowed to Livy he would pay back every penny. And so, just when the fifty-nine-year-old, bushy-browed icon imagined that he would be settling into literary lionhood, telling jokes at gilded dinners, he forced himself to mount the “platform” again, embarking on a round-the-world stand-up comedy tour. No author had ever done that. He cherry-picked his best stories—such as stealing his first watermelon and buying a bucking bronco—and spun them into a ninety-minute performance. Twain trekked across the American West and onward by ship to the faraway lands of Australia, New Zealand, Tasmania, India, Ceylon, and South Africa. He rode an elephant twice and visited the Taj Mahal. He saw Zulus dancing and helped sort diamonds at the Kimberley mines. (He failed to slip away with a sparkly souvenir.) He played shuffleboard on cruise ships and battled captains for the right to smoke in peace. He complained that his wife and daughter made him shave and change his shirt every day. The great American writer fought off numerous illnesses and travel nuisances to circle the globe and earn a huge payday and a tidal wave of applause. Word of his success, however, traveled slowly enough that one American newspaper reported that he had died penniless in London. That’s when he famously quipped: “The report of my death was an exaggeration.” Throughout his quest, Twain was aided by cutthroat Standard Oil tycoon H.H. Rogers, with whom he had struck a deep friendship, and he was hindered by his own lawyer (and future secretary of state) Bainbridge Colby, whom he deemed “head idiot of this century.” In Chasing the Last Laugh, author Richard Zacks, drawing extensively on unpublished material in notebooks and letters from Berkeley’s ongoing Mark Twain Project, chronicles a poignant chapter in the author’s life—one that began in foolishness and bad choices but culminated in humor, hard-won wisdom, and ultimate triumph.

The Last Laugh

Author : Bill De Mott
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The Last Laugh and Other Stories

Author : Chinelo Achebe
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The Last Laugh and Other Stories

Author : Hugo Martinez-Serros
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This collection of stories about life in the Mexican-American community in South Chicago includes such titles as "The last laugh," "Distillation," "The birthday present," and "Father Palomo"

The Last Laugh Joke Book

Author : Alex Newman
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This book is a collection of over 600 inappropriate, possibly offensive, and definitely not safe for work jokes. So why is it called "The Last Laugh Joke Book?" Because the creator, Alex Newman, put this book together as a means to recover from the financial debt he was left with after a bad breakup. Alex turned to humor to help himself laugh, cope and recover emotionally from the mess his ex left. Now, the proceeds of this book will help cover the financial damage he was stuck with. In his own words- readers will "buy a book, laugh your ass off, and help a guy out." If he can use humor to entertain others and get people to laugh while paying off the debt he didn't create, then in his mind, he gets the last laugh. The content of this book is for adults only.

The Last Laugh

Author : Arjuna Ardagh
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"I stood on the bridge just before midnight, the wind from the ocean arriving in violent blasts, as if saying under its breath, ‘Jump, motherf***er, jump.’ This was the last of a string of attempted departures, most orchestrated in my tired mind. Always a bitter reminder of all that had been lost and destroyed by my foolishness." When suicide feels like your best option, you know something has gone horribly wrong – and that’s just how Matt Thomson felt. He had lost everything: his wife, his children, his job, all his money, and his front door key. But everything changes when he meets Joey Murphy, ex-Merchant Marine, entrepreneur, teacher, and wild man, an enigmatic mixture of Forrest Gump, Merlin, and a long-lost best friend. Upon hearing Matt’s woes, Joey offers Matt a life-changing deal he can’t resist: "The life you know has been completely predetermined by automatic habits, both your triumphs and your failures. If you are really at the end of your rope, these habits will drop away, and you will be free . . . I give you ten days, starting today. I will show you all you need to see. It is up to you." And with the deal struck, Joey leads Matt on the roller-coaster ride of his life: a ten-day adventure filled with dodging cop cars, playing Blind Man’s baseball on the edge of a cliff, finding heaven in a Taco Bell, and learning how to open the hearts of total strangers. Joey introduces Matt to "the True Teacher," but also leads him to face his own deepest darkness and despair.

The Last Laugh

Author : George Hillocks (Jr.)
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The Terrible Two s Last Laugh

Author : Mac Barnett
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It’s Miles and Niles’s final year at Yawnee Valley Science and Letters Academy, and the Terrible Two have one goal: an epic prank. Something big, something brilliant, something that will leave a lasting legacy at their school. Which should be easy-peasy for these experts, especially now that their principal has gone from archnemesis to pranking protégé. But their smooth sailing gets downright bumpy when they find out that the new superintendent is none other than Bertrand Barkin, their principal’s father . . . and their sworn enemy. Now that Former Principal Barkin is Acting Superintendent Barkin, he has a first order of business: his long-promised revenge on the Terrible Two. This rollicking finale to the bestselling series by Mac Barnett and Jory John will settle once and for all who—between quick wits and powerful fists—will have the last laugh.

The Last Laugh

Author : Phil Berger
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The Last Laugh is the first and only book to take readers deep into the bizarre universe of the standup comic, from the classic years of Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, and Shecky Greene, to today's comedy superstars. Phil Berger shows how styles and trends in standup have changed over the past fifty years, but how taking the stage in a comedy club is as tough as it's always been. Performers profiled in the book include Woody Allen, Lenny Bruce, George Carlin, Elaine Boosler, Robert Klein, Bill Cosby, Billy Crystal, Dick Gregory, Andy Kaufman, Steve Martin, Cheech and Chong, Eddie Murphy, and a host of others. Filled with comics' hilarious routines and anecdotes, this substantially updated edition also chronicles the lives and careers of more recent artists, including Richard Lewis and Jay Leno.

The Last Laugh

Author : Ben Payne
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The SuperScripts series is written by professional playwrights and performed in public to popular acclaim. The plays are ideal for the English classroom and the Drama Studio. The sophisticated themes and complex plots have been specifically designed to appeal to 11-16 year olds, and have a language level accessible to all pupils.

The Last Laugh

Author : Tracy Bloom
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The Last Laugh

Author : Bill Svanoe
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The Last Laugh

Author : George Andrew Miller Jr.
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The Last Laugh By: George Andrew Miller Jr. In 1938, Edgar Madison is suffering a financial crisis. He hires the McEachin brothers to stage a fake robbery of the mill’s shaky captive bank. After the robbery, he has the McEachins killed. Buddy Pate, four-year-old son of Tommy, is a secret, uncomprehending witness as Madison’s Security Patrol slaughter and bury the McEachins. By 1971, Buddy is a thirty-seven-year-old derelict. While sleeping under a bridge in Texas, he is attacked by a pack of starving dogs and barely escapes. Shaken, he takes steps to better himself. The Last Laugh by George Andrew Miller, Jr. is a riveting thrill ride that will leave you breathless and hungry for more.

The LAST Laugh

Author : P.N. Dickins(Son)
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The Last Laugh

Author : Helga Brendel
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Cybil implements a change to her life from the grips of poverty and the welfare system by taking advantage of the offered education opportunity. As she hovers over the abyss between the education and employment a series of traumatic events redefines her future. the relationships that were developed while she was 'a single parent on welfare' have had a new light shone onto them. Cybil can see that her friends can't understand her anymore. As she watches the relationships with her female friends dissolve she is made aware that two of her male friends have both individually decided to eveolve their platonic relationship with Cybil. Eugene is willing to change who he is so that he can settle down with Cybil. Julian has observed the will and tenacity Cybil employed to change her potential and offers to support her achievment of her goal.

The Last Laugh

Author : Jane Driskell Fairchild
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After a prom night date rape leads to pregnancy, seventeen-year-old Jane is forced to marry her attacker and grow up too soon. In her new life, she must learn how to straddle the gap between the life she once imagined for herself and her new reality. After the marriage predictably fails, she is determined to become something more than just another teen-mom statistic. She longs to complete her education, achieve financial stability and create a secure life for herself and her two small children. However, she soon learns that in the late nineteen-sixties, the worldand her own lifeare in turmoil and there is no security for anyone. Swept up in the whirlwind of rapid social change, Jane embraces the womens liberation movement, anti-war activism and life on a commune where she hopes to live in a world of peace and love. With resilience and determination as she strives to make sense of the world around her, she overcomes daunting obstacles and finally begins to see her dreams come true. In The Last Laugh, author Jane Driskell Fairchild explores the lifelong aftermath of teen pregnancy while delivering an inspiring message that teen moms can find success and happiness in the face of seemingly overwhelming odds.

The Last Laugh

Author : Trevor J. Blank
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Widely publicized in mass media worldwide, high-profile tragedies and celebrity scandals—the untimely deaths of Michael Jackson and Princess Diana, the embarrassing affairs of Tiger Woods and President Clinton, the 9/11 attacks or the Challenger space shuttle explosion—often provoke nervous laughter and black humor. If in the past this snarky folklore may have been shared among friends and uttered behind closed doors, today the Internet's ubiquity and instant interactivity propels such humor across a much more extensive and digitally mediated discursive space. New media not only let more people "in on the joke," but they have also become the "go-to" formats for engaging in symbolic interaction, especially in times of anxiety or emotional suppression, by providing users an expansive forum for humorous, combative, or intellectual communication, including jokes that cross the line of propriety and good taste. Moving through engaging case studies of Internet-derived humor about momentous disasters in recent American popular culture and history, The Last Laugh chronicles how and why new media have become a predominant means of vernacular expression. Trevor J. Blank argues that computer-mediated communication has helped to compensate for users' sense of physical detachment in the "real" world, while generating newly meaningful and dynamic opportunities for the creation and dissemination of folklore. Drawing together recent developments in new media studies with the analytical tools of folklore studies, he makes a strong case for the significance to contemporary folklore of technologically driven trends in folk and mass culture.

The Last Laugh Crime Stories

Author : Paul D. Brazill
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From France, to Spain, to the northeast of England, hit men, gangsters, corrupt cops, drunks, punks, and petty thieves all tumble toward the abyss. The stories in The Last Laugh are vivid and violent slices of Brit Grit and international noir, full of gaudy characters and dialogue sharp enough to cut your throat. The Last Laugh is a violent and blackly comic look at life through a shot glass darkly. Praise for THE LAST LAUGH: “If you took Ken Bruen’s candor, the best of Elmore Leonard’s dialogues, sprinkled in some Irvine Welsh, and dragged it all through the dirtiest ditch in South London, the result will be something akin to Brazill’s writing.” —Gabino Iglesias, author of Zero Saints and Gutmouth “A broad range of cultural strands come together in the melting pot and form a delicious stew of criminal adventure… The observations are sharp and the characters create small nuclear explosions as they collide with each other.” —Nigel Bird, author of Southsiders “Brazill isn’t just a writer; he’s a poet and you can take any of his stories and write a master’s thesis on just the language employed.” —Les Edgerton, author of The Genuine, Imitation, Plastic Kidnapping

The Prey Gets the Last Laugh

Author : Mahmud Shareef
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Gordon is a poor black man in America. While he doesn't exactly have a clean slate, he isn't bad enough to be chased down and arrested by the police-but it still happens. Two hours later, he dies in the police car, driven by two white officers, one of who has an immense hatred for black people. Gordon's death is ruled an accident. Police officer Anthony supports white supremacy. He believes black people should be slaves to the white man, so he feels no guilt when Gordon dies, even though he knows it wasn't an accident. Gordon was murdered. His death is questioned all over the United States, but there is no justice since the police department suppresses the truth. Instead of receiving hate, Anthony is greeted with love and called a hero. It appears he has gotten away with his crime. He concealed the truth from society ... but will he be able to conceal the truth from his own conscience? Due to his actions, Anthony's soul is irrevocably bruised.