Who Stole the Funny?
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Who Stole the Funny? : A Novel of Hollywood

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A Hollywood insider draws from his four decades of experience to create a scathingly brilliant and caustically comedic bird's-eye view behind the scenes of comedy television.

A wickedly delicious roman-a-clef about the making of a sitcom called My Urban Buddies, this satirical romp of a novel portrays life on the other side of the television lens, hilariously sending up self-serious Hollywood stereotypes across the board.

Programmed-for-success director J. T. Baker has to bring an up-and-coming sitcom to fruition after its initial director shoots himself in the head with a nail gun. Comically annotated with helpful and enlightening Hollywood glossary terms ("Creative-type director: One who has no hope of working in this town again"; "Eccentric: Affecting a style of dress, coiffure, speech, mannerisms, etc., carefully calculated to give the impression of creative credibility"), Benson creates an exaggerated world of crazy writers; backstabbing executives, agents, and producers; foul-mouthed everyone-elses; and hardcore cynics--and the ridiculous inner monologues behind them.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 349 pages
  • 132.08 x 200.66 x 25.4mm | 317.51g
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Annotated
  • Annotated edition
  • Illustrations, black and white
  • 0061245003
  • 9780061245008
  • 1,801,700

Review quote

An irreverent and hilarious stroll down the dark alleys of Hollywood s TV landscape. --Peter Bart, Editor in Chief, Variety"
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121 ratings
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