Don Rickles

Don Rickles
Author: Michael Seth Starr
Publsiher: Citadel Press
Total Pages: 409
Release: 2022-10-25
Genre: Biography & Autobiography
ISBN: 9780806541747

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The first comprehensive, full-length biography of Don Rickles, the legendary comedian whose career spanned six decades and influenced generations of comedians, written by celebrity biographer Michael Starr, who has covered television at The New York Post as a reporter, columnist, and critic since 1995. Riding a wave of success that lasted more than sixty years, Don Rickles is best known as the “insult” comic who skewered presidents, royalty, celebrities, and friends and fans alike. But there was more to “Mr. Warmth” than a devilish ear-to-ear grin and lightning-fast put-downs. Rickles was a loving husband, an adoring father who suffered a devastating loss, and a loyal friend to the likes of Bob Newhart and Frank Sinatra. Don was also a young student at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts with future stars Jason Robards, Jr., Don Murray, and Grace Kelly, and intended to become a seriously committed actor. But it was in small nightclubs where Rickles found success, steamrolling hecklers, honing his acerbic put-downs, and teaching the world to love being insulted. Sex, race, religion, nationality, physical appearance, political leanings—nothing and no one was safe from the “Planned Parenthood Poster Boy,” as Johnny Carson referred to him. The Merchant of Venom traces Don Rickles’ career from his rise in the 1950s to a late-in-life resurgence thanks to the Toy Story franchise, his role in Martin Scorsese’s Casino, and scores of TV appearances from Carson to Seth Meyers. In the intervening decades, Rickles conquered every medium he worked in, including film, television, and on stage, where the Vegas legend was still performing at the age of eighty-five. In his highly memorable career, he was idolized by a generation of younger comedians including Jerry Seinfeld, Chris Rock, and Jay Leno, and performed in the shadow of a shocking open secret: he was the nicest man in town. An in-depth portrait of the personal and singular professional life of Don Rickles, The Merchant of Venom delivers a hilarious, moving, and long-overdue look at the real man behind the sting.

The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946 Present

The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows  1946 Present
Author: Tim Brooks,Earle F. Marsh
Publsiher: Ballantine Books
Total Pages: 1856
Release: 2009-06-24
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9780307483201

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AMERICA’S #1 BESTSELLING TELEVISION BOOK WITH MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES IN PRINT– NOW REVISED AND UPDATED! PROGRAMS FROM ALL SEVEN COMMERCIAL BROADCAST NETWORKS, MORE THAN ONE HUNDRED CABLE NETWORKS, PLUS ALL MAJOR SYNDICATED SHOWS! This is the must-have book for TV viewers in the new millennium–the entire history of primetime programs in one convenient volume. It’s a guide you’ll turn to again and again for information on every series ever telecast. There are entries for all the great shows, from evergreens like The Honeymooners, All in the Family, and Happy Days to modern classics like 24, The Office, and Desperate Housewives; all the gripping sci-fi series, from Captain Video and the new Battle Star Galactica to all versions of Star Trek; the popular serials, from Peyton Place and Dallas to Dawson’s Creek and Ugly Betty; the reality show phenomena American Idol, Survivor, and The Amazing Race; and the hits on cable, including The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, Top Chef, The Sopranos, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Project Runway, and SpongeBob SquarePants. This comprehensive guide lists every program alphabetically and includes a complete broadcast history, cast, and engaging plot summary–along with exciting behind-the-scenes stories about the shows and the stars. MORE THAN 500 ALL-NEW LISTINGS from Heroes and Grey’s Anatomy to 30 Rock and Nip/Tuck UPDATES ON CONTINUING SHOWS such as CSI, Gilmore Girls, The Simpsons, and The Real World EXTENSIVE CABLE COVERAGE with more than 1,000 entries, including a description of the programming on each major cable network AND DON’T MISS the exclusive and updated “Ph.D. Trivia Quiz” of 200 questions that will challenge even the most ardent TV fan, plus a streamlined guide to TV-related websites for those who want to be constantly up-to-date SPECIAL FEATURES! • Annual program schedules at a glance for the past 61 years • Top-rated shows of each season • Emmy Award winners • Longest-running series • Spin-off series • Theme songs • A fascinating history of TV “This is the Guinness Book of World Records . . . the Encyclopedia Britannica of television!” –TV Guide

From Krakow to Krypton

From Krakow to Krypton
Author: Arie Kaplan
Publsiher: Jewish Publication Society
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2010
Genre: Art
ISBN: 9780827610439

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Jews created the first comic book, the first graphic novel, the first comic book convention, the first comic book specialty store, and they helped create the underground comics (or "Comix") movement of the late '60s and early '70s. Many of the creators of the most famous comic books, such as Superman, Spiderman, X-Men, and Batman, as well as the founders of MAD Magazine, were Jewish. From Krakow to Krypton: Jews and Comic Books tells their stories and demonstrates how they brought a uniquely Jewish perspective to their work and to the comics industry as a whole. Over-sized and in full color, From Krakow to Krypton is filled with sidebars, cartoon bubbles, comic book graphics, original design sketches, and photographs. It is a visually stunning and exhilarating history.

Television Specials

Television Specials
Author: Vincent Terrace
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 488
Release: 2013-06-06
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781476612409

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This is a complete revision of the author's 1993 McFarland book Television Specials that not only updates entries contained within that edition, but adds numerous programs not previously covered, including beauty pageants, parades, awards programs, Broadway and opera adaptations, musicals produced especially for television, holiday specials (e.g., Christmas and New Year’s Eve), the early 1936–1947 experimental specials, honors specials. In short, this is a reference work to 5,336 programs—the most complete source for television specials ever published.

Obituaries in the Performing Arts 2017

Obituaries in the Performing Arts  2017
Author: Harris M. Lentz III
Publsiher: McFarland
Total Pages: 448
Release: 2018-04-30
Genre: Performing Arts
ISBN: 9781476670324

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The entertainment world lost many notable talents in 2017, including iconic character actor Harry Dean Stanton, comedians Jerry Lewis and Dick Gregory, country singer Glen Campbell, playwright Sam Shepard and actor-singer Jim Nabors. Obituaries of actors, filmmakers, musicians, producers, dancers, composers, writers, animals and others associated with the performing arts who died in 2017 are included. Date, place and cause of death are provided for each, along with a career recap and a photograph. Filmographies are given for film and television performers.

Humour and laughter

Humour and laughter
Author: Anthony J. Chapman,Hugh C. Foot
Publsiher: Transaction Publishers
Total Pages: 348
Release: 2023
Genre: Language Arts & Disciplines
ISBN: 9781412825740

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Humor and laughter play a vital part in our everyday social encounters. In this book, well-known psychologists including Thomas R. Shultz, Mary K. Rathbart, and Goran Nerhardt explore the psychology of humor and laughter, examining the major theoretical perspectives underlying current approaches. This volume draws together the main empirical work done over the course of the twentieth century.

Down Out The Magazine Volume 1 Issue 3

Down   Out  The Magazine Volume 1 Issue 3
Author: Barry Lancet,Patricia Abbott,Michael Bracken,J. Kingston Pierce,Robert J. Randisi,Peter Sellers,S.A. Solomon,Art Taylor,Raoul Whitfield,Jim Wilsky,Frank Zafiro
Publsiher: Down & Out Books
Total Pages: 174
Release: 2018-03-28
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 9182736450XXX

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This third issue of Down & Out: The Magazine features a new Jim Brodie story by Barry Lancet, whose novel Japantown has been optioned by J.J. Abrams and Warner Brothers for the Hollywood treatment. Here we have Brodie on a trip to his home in Japan and a quest to find out what’s going on with the yakuza and a perplexing kidnapping. But first up is a story by Canadian favorite Peter Sellers; he delivers a nasty little crime story of love and loyalty in the workplace in his own unique style. Patti Abbott gives us a searing story proving once again how nothing torches the human soul like that of another person’s expectations. Art Taylor, one of the best and most prolific short story artists working today, makes his first appearance here with a relatively short tale reminiscent of the late great Richard Matheson. Speaking of legends, Robert J. Randisi shares a story from his “Rat Pack” series. Next a writer who makes words look as though they fit together far more easily than they actually do is S.A. Solomon with her tale of corporate Big Business and other vices. Writing partners Frank Zafiro and Jim Wilsky debut separate stories from their Ania series, actual prequels to the novels, the first of which, Blood on Blood, will be released in April by Down & Out Books. A fine noir tale by prolific author Michael Bracken helps round us out. As usual we have another fantastic column by J. Kingston Pierce on the novels of the late Stanley Ellin, and for our “A Few Cents a Word” feature we present a discussion and a story by one of the hard-boiled school’s originators, Raoul Whitfield.

The Real Prophet of Doom

The Real Prophet of Doom
Author: Dwayne W. Anderson
Publsiher: iUniverse
Total Pages: 288
Release: 2019-06-27
Genre: Body, Mind & Spirit
ISBN: 9781532077982

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If the cosmos could be divided into quadrants of constellations, we can look for life in other planets in quadrants: -23, -32, and -13. A new kind of numerology called pendulum flow is with God’s inner/outer workings with and from his divine Holy Spirit. Pendulum level = change; change = pendulum flow; pendulum flow = clockwork of God’s Holy Spirit. A new kind of numerology that is not of the occult as it is no longer concealed but is revealed by God and his divine Holy Spirit and is, of course, of a righteous and divine intervention of God’s hand. “It is the glory of God to conceal a matter. But the glory of kings is to search out a matter” (Proverbs 25:2). Reciprocal sequence 252: Who sat at the right hand of God upon his resurrection? Jesus Christ. With who was everything created through the universal father? God’s son, Jesus Christ. This is an example of a pendulum flow. If there is a theory of evolution, there is also a theory or law of cardinal numbers. These numbers all prove that there is a universal god who exists. The theory or law of cardinal numbers beats evolution. God’s Holy Spirit = the 360 inverse spherical/spiritual law of force is the 360 inverse spherical/spiritual law of reciprocity. This is the mathematical pendulum flow equation: if A and B equals 0 to 9 and A is not equal to B and B does not equal A, then AB = reciprocal = BA = God’s active spirit force = God’s law of reciprocity. The pure language of numerology = the equations of pendulum flow.