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Nonfiction Humor Books for Understanding the History of Comedy

  1. "The History of American Comedy" by Leonard S. Marcus: This book explores the history of American comedy, from vaudeville to stand-up, film and television, and internet comedy. It covers the major figures and movements in the history of American comedy and the cultural and social contexts in which they emerged.

  2. "Comedy: A Very Short Introduction" by Matthew Bevis: This book provides a concise and accessible overview of the history of comedy, from ancient Greece to the present day. It covers the major figures, movements, and forms of comedy and the cultural and social contexts in which they emerged.

  3. "Laughter: A Scientific Investigation" by Robert R. Provine: This book is a humorous and informative examination of the science of laughter, including its evolution, psychiatry, and social functions. It also provides a historical perspective on the role of comedy in human culture.

  4. "The Oxford Illustrated History of Theatre" edited by John Russell Brown: This book provides a comprehensive overview of the history of theatre, including the history of comedy. It covers the major figures, movements, and forms of comedy and the cultural and social contexts in which they emerged.

  5. "The Cambridge Companion to Comedy" edited by Andrew Stott: This book provides a comprehensive overview of the history and theory of comedy, covering the major figures, movements, and forms of comedy, and the cultural and social contexts in which they emerged.

  6. "Humor in America: A Research Guide to Genres and Topics" by Nancy A. Walker: This book provides a research guide to the history of American comedy, covering the major figures, movements, and forms of comedy, and the cultural and social contexts in which they emerged.

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