In a dazzling tapestry of invented voices - of family, friends, employees, rivals - the meteoric trajectories of the lives and careers of Vic Fountain and Ziggy Bliss are captured in this comic oral history.
In a dazzling tapestry of invented voices-of family, friends, employees, rivals-the meteoric trajectories of the lives and careers of Vic Fountain and Ziggy Bliss are brilliantly captured in this remarkable comic oral history. Before they meet, Sigmund Blissman and Victor Fontana were going nowhere fast. One a comedian, the other a band singer, they struggle to establish themselves as performers. And one night, as both of them fail miserably in mid-performance, the now-named Ziggy Bliss appears unexpectedly onstage with Vic Fountain, and comedy history is born. Soon they are the undisputed funniest men in America; their performance is described as "table tennis on a comet." But their professional success doesn't spill over into their personal lives. The two men fight, bickering with their managers, their wives, their children, and their mistresses, each driving himself away from the one person most responsible for his success: the other.
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Ted Heller's highly ambitious second novel is a hilarious imagining of a comedy duo that took America by storm in the swing era ... Heller's invention and comic versatility is dazzling. For sheer rib-pulverizing enjoyment, Funnymen is one of the most satisfying books I have read in years. ' THE TIMES 'Funny. Unputdownable. Coruscating. Knockout' THE LIST
About Ted Heller
Ted Heller is the Photo Editor and Senior Writer at NICKELODEON magazine. He has worked for SPY, DETAILS, PREMIERE and VANITY FAIR. His father is Joseph Heller, author of CATCH-22. Ted Heller lives in New York City.
Funnymen by Ted Heller
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