The Comedians…Kliph Nesteroff

As an avid reader, it takes a lot for me to love a book, so The Comedians, by Kliph Nesteroff, let’s just say, has taken me hostage.

images-1 A former stand-up turned writer based in L.A. with an elite, edgy following, Nesteroff is what’s called a comic’s comic, probably the highest compliment one can be paid, and a cerebral one at that.

Bill Hicks was one, along with George Carlin images-5, Richard Pryor and Lenny Bruce. images-10 When you make the chorus laugh, that’s when you’re truly cookin.

His hefty book denting your lap…357 pages, reads like a brush fire only revealing facts one would wish to know.  This is big for me as a reader finding incessant data boring, especially if the humanity is absent.  Mr. Nesteroff  skillfully knows when to fish and cut bait.

It begins with vaudeville, a raw era putting chills down your spine seguing into radio, nightclubs and television images-3 cringing at the, chronic,  rampant anti-Semitism.

Comedy is hard enough without being judged for your nuclear origins.

Names like George Burns, Mel Brooks, and the Marx Brothers, Buddy Hackett, Sid Caesar and Martin and Lewis sear off the page.  Who knew Jerry was such an egotistical maniac and Caesar a nervous drunk.  images-7

And we mustn’t forget the women: Jean Carroll, Phyllis Diller, Totie Fields, Gracie Allen and Joan Rivers who brake their own color line in a business men dominated with little give.

Then the mob moseys in muscling on all the profits.  If you didn’t play nice you didn’t work, not because of lack of opportunity, but because you no longer had a face to work with.  Just ask the ghost of comic Joe E. Lewis if you don’t believe me.

Lenny Bruce, Mort Sahl and Jonathan Winters were considered trailblazers.

The Comedians, page 166…The generation that followed would cite Bruce, Sahl and Winters their primary inspiration.  Lenny Bruce led to George  Carlin, Mort Sahl led to Woody Allen. Jonathan Winters led to Robin Williams….They created a new approach to stand-up. They were the New Wave.

Growing up with late night in the wake of Carson, Letterman and Leno, learning where the seeds were planted and bodies buried heightens a very special genre.

You’ll be fascinated by the lore, where it began, the path it took and once more confirming, if a comic gets a break, he more than justly earned it.

The Comedians, written passionately by Kliph Nesteroff, is a slam dunk for anyone in comedy, or someone who simply loves it.  images-9


About Susannah Bianchi

I'm just a girl who likes to write slightly on slant. I've had a career in fashion, dabbled in film and to be honest, I don't like talking about myself. Now my posts are another matter so I will let them speak for themselves. My eBooks, A New York Diary, Model Behavior: Friends For Life and Notes From A Working Cat can be found on Thanks.
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22 Responses to The Comedians…Kliph Nesteroff

  1. micklively says:

    I’m on the web for Amazon now! Thanks for the prompt.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Sounds like a great read!

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Elle Knowles says:

    In every life a little comedy must fall, and I say the more the merrier! Should be a great book. I love background material! Thanks Susannah. ~Elle


  4. This is one for me! Thanks for the review.

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    • You’re very sweet Top since nobody gave a shit. I can tell you though, it was a really great book…filled with interesting, even fascinating lore you’ll appreciate knowing. Thanks for writing 🙂


  5. Comedy. Often born out of sadness. This book sounds like it has tales.


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