Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Hidden Gems: LOL @ the Library

Spring Break is still nearly a week away, and you need a good laugh. The NCC Libraries have got you covered! Take a quick study break with these class clowns -- they’ll put a smile on your face.

Glory Days of Rock ‘n’ Roll: Novelties [sound recording]
M 1630.18 .G66 2000 Media Tower

This collection includes the classic songs “Itsy-Bitsy Teeny-Weeny Yellow Polka Dot Bikini,” “Leader of the Laundromat,” “Purple People Eater,” “Charlie Brown” and that perennial Halloween favorite, “Monster Mash.”

Strictly for Music Lovers [sound recording]
by Spike Jones and His City Slickers
M 1977 .H7 S655 1999 Media Tower

These song parodies, from the 1940s and 1950s, are famous for their goofy sound effects and silly singing contributed by voice actors like the legendary Mel Blanc. You might recognize Spike Jones’ most famous song, “All I Want for Christmas Is My Two Front Teeth.”

Born Standing Up: A Comic's Life [audiobook]
by Steve Martin
PN 2287 .M5224 A3 2007 Media Tower

Comedian and writer Steve Martin talks about everything from his first job in show business -- doing magic tricks at Disneyland -- to the heady days of his “wild and crazy guy” character on Saturday Night Live and the explosive popularity of his song “King Tut.” Martin also explains why he ultimately put away the white suit and quit stand-up comedy.

Pioneers of Television [DVD]
produced by PBS Home Video
PN 1992.3 .U5 P56 2008 New Books section

This documentary includes segments on late night talk shows, sitcoms, variety shows and game shows, featuring early clips of Johnny Carson, Jack Benny, Milton Berle, Carol Burnett, Lucille Ball, Dick Van Dyke, Flip Wilson, Steve Allen and the Smothers Brothers.

Plato and a Platypus Walk Into a Bar: Understanding Philosophy Through Jokes
by Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein
BD 31 .C38 2007 New Books section

The authors were a big hit on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and they now explain the imponderables of philosophy using the familiar framework of everyday jokes.

Comedy at the Edge: How Stand-Up in the 1970s Changed America
by Richard Zoglin PN 1969 .C65 Z64 2008 New Books section

It all started with a bar, a brick wall and a microphone – the revolution in stand-up comedy that put an end to the “Take my wife – please!” joke format, and replaced it with stream-of-consciousness storytelling that had a political, satirical, often raunchy, attitude. Find out how comedy went from buttoned-down to coked up, then back to family-friendly again, all in a matter of a few decades and millions of dollars.

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