The Funniest One in the Room by Kim "Howard" Johnson
The Lives and Legends of Del Close

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Containing recollections from more than 80 of the comedic giant’s closest friends and colleagues, this absorbing biography explores Del Close's old haunts, his sensational past, and the reality behind the tales he told so often. From traveling with a carnival and hanging out with a pre-Scientology L. Ron Hubbard to riding with the Merry Pranksters and using a coven of witches to help him kick a lifelong cocaine habit, Close led an incredibly rich life—one whose absurdity proved great fodder for improv theater. Astute and compassionate, Close influenced improvisational theater’s greatest comedic talents of the last 50 years—Nichols and May, Lenny Bruce, Bill Murray, Chris Farley, Tina Fey—and coached the witty masterminds behind such comedic institutions as Second City, Saturday Night Live, Groundlings, and the Upright Citizen’s Brigade.


About Kim "Howard" Johnson

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Kim "Howard" Johnson was a longtime friend of Del Close, a personal assistant to John Cleese, a newspaper and magazine writer, and is the author of several books on Monty Python. He coauthored the improv classic Truth in Comedy with Del Close and Charna Halpern.
Published April 1, 2008 by Chicago Review Press. 433 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Arts & Photography. Non-fiction

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Entertainment-industry denizens are well aware of Close’s impact on the showbiz landscape, but this loving, honest portrait will help the rest of the world get hip to the guy who made comedy hip.

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