Darryl Littleton aka D'Militant produces comedy CDs, as well as books on the history of comedy, its evolution and application. The preservationist covers eras as diverse as the party record age, the Comedy Boom and American Revolution. The genre of female comedy is explored and the way to make people laugh. If you're a fan of the art of humor these titles are essential for your collection.
BLACK COMEDIANS ON BLACK COMEDY
This definitive oral history features 125 of the industry's most influential comedians giving their insights into the history of black comedy. From the pre-slavery days, the journey of those artists of African descent into the world of entertainment is traced with depth and candor. Bios on the giants of the genre along with photos makes this a true collector's treasure.
HOW TO BE FUNNY: The Essential Comedy Handbook
This manual will take the novice and the professional through the various stages of making people laugh. Not just for comedians, it is a guide for anyone in a vocation where humor is key to success or failure: from salespeople to public speakers, politicians to the clergy. If getting a favoravble reaction from humans is part of your gig this instructional book takes you back to the basics and thrust you forward into the realm of comedic possibilities. Learn the art of ad-libbing, presentation, heckler handling, joke writing, branding, effective methods of getting your message across concisely, how to play the various mediums and more.
COMEDIENNES: Laugh be a Lady
Comediennes pays homage to the females throughout the herstory of comedy. Starting in the 10th Century and taking us into the modern era we'll learn about women in the minstrel era, vaudeville, radio, films, early television, recordings, Laugh-In, In Living Color, SNL, talk shows and concerts. This book gives you all your favorites. From the bawdy humor of Mae West and her disciples to the caustic wit of Joan Rivers to the political jabs of Moms Mabley and the outright rawness of Lawanda Page, you'll get bios of Lucille Ball, Carol Burnett, Whoopi Goldberg, Tina Fey, Margaret Cho, Imogene Coca, Gilda Radner and many more ; with tales of what being a comedienne is all about by today's vets like Luenell Campbell, Dominique, Kym Whitley and Adele Givens. It's the perfect read for that perfect lady in your life; even if that's you.
Forefathers is a satirical look at the American Revolution through the eyes of a black man. This insider gives the true stories behind revered figures such as Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, John & Samuel Adams, Betsy Ross, Patrick Henry, James & Dolly Madison, John Hancock, Crispus Attucks, Paul Revere, Sally Hemmings, George Washington and the rest. The binge drinking, blatant drug abuse, flagrant womanizing and various obsessions are all covered in this vibrant, laugh-filled retelling of America in its enfancy and the characters who fought for its independence.
PIMP DOWN: The Rise & Fall of Katt Williams
This compelling insider's view of the most meteoric career in comedy takes the reader deep into the world of 21st Century fame. The tantrums, drugs, lavish hotels, sexual exploits, booze, expensive cars, multiple suicide attempts, private jets, fans, celebrity worship, swanky homes, sycophants, tour disputes, jail time, court dates, gang hits, fat cigars, media persecution and betrayals are all chronicled.
“HOW TO DO STAND-UP COMEDY:
Preserving a Dying Art Form”
This a comprehensive study of making people laugh. Written by Comedy Hall of Fame board member and Emmy nominated writer, Darryl Littleton this book covers such vital topics as Comedy Fundamentals, Joke Writing, Comedy Styles, Performance Techniques and Work Opportunities.
Invaluable advice to guide any comedian onto the road of success is given by many of comedy’s top legends:
Don Rickles, Dave Attell, Robin Harris, Franklyn Ajaye, Louie Anderson, Bernie Mac, Katt Williams, Dick Gregory, Mort Sahl, Paul Rodriguez,Reynaldo Rey, Sid Caesar, Lewis Black, Jamie Foxx, Norman Lear, George Wallace, Jimmy ‘JJ’ Walker, Carl Reiner, Phyllis Diller,, Bill Burr, Shelley Berman, George Carlin, Bill Hicks, Rodney Winfield, Steve Martin, Jerry Lewis, Jerry Seinfeld, Gilbert Gottfried and many more.