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Author Kliph Nesteroff has come up with a terrific new book that chronicles the rise of stand up  comedians from the turn of the the last century to the present day.  The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy is an overview of American comedy  covering comic actors, comedians, theatre and film from the late 19th century to the present.(Click here to reserve a copy from us.)

Nesteroff combined interviews he did with various comedians from the past six decades along with various articles and archival interviews by others to present an accurate and historical portrait of this country's brand of comedy.  Starting from the vaudeville circuit and moving up to the Mob-controlled night club circuit, to television's early days and ending in the effect comedy clubs and cable TV have had on modern day audiences, Nesteroff covers a lot of informative ground. 

There's the horror story of how comedian Joe E. Lewis had his throat cut for playing the wrong night club date.  Milton Berle's stealing jokes.  The bumpy genesis of the Tonight Show.  Counterculture comics like Lenny Bruce, George Carlin and Richard Pyror  coming out of the sixties.  And how expanding comedy clubs in the 80s and 90s eventually led to HBO and Comedy Central showcasing comedians  on cable.

TV fans will want to read about the contributions (good and bad) such comics as Jack Carter, Phil Silvers, Steve Allen, Danny Thomas, Joan Rivers, The Smothers Brothers, Don Rickles, Redd Foxx, Moms Mabley, David Letterman, Jon Stewart, Conan O'Brien, Stephen Colbert, and Louis C. K. made to the medium as well.  The Comedians is a great (if too short) read from start to finish. 

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The Spy Command is a blog devoted to Ian Fleming's James Bond 007 and "The Other Spies".  It cover new and past spy films, TV shows & books, and it's recent coverage has been on the upcoming Bond film SPECTRE and last August's Man From UNCLE film (which I liked BTW). Check out the SC by clicking here.

Speaking of Bond, I'm working my way through Anthony Horowitz's 007 pastiche, Trigger Mortis, and hope to have a review up next week.  So far, it's much better than the last Bond novel by somebody who's not Ian Fleming.

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The 2013 Doctor Who Christmas special, "The Time of the Doctor" , is the last episode (so far) to star Matt Smith as the Eleventh Doctor.  It's also quite thought provoking, despite it's ambitious storyline being crammed into a mere 60 minutes. 

 
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With Greenwich Library and other libraries celebrating Batman Day this Saturday, July 26th (click here for details), it's time to take a look back at how the Caped Crusader (as he was called in the pre-"Dark Knight" days) first burst out of comics into the public limelight. 

 
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They're finally putting out the 1966-68 Batman TV series on DVD and Blu Ray this November!  Here's the promotional clip via "Legions of Gotham":


Did I mention that Greenwich Library will be celebrating 75 years of the Caped Crusader on July 26th? Details on "Batman Day" can be found here. Watch this space (and the Teen Central Blog) for more Bat-related updates in the coming weeks.

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"The Krotons", which originally aired on the BBC as a four part serial in black and white between December 28th, 1968- January 18th, 1969, is now available from Greenwich Library as a single disc DVD.  Click here to reserve our copy.


 

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We'll have  refreshments, prizes, and a showing of a classic Doctor Who adventure selected by the attendees  at the program from our extensive DVD collection.  Everybody who's a fan of the Doctor is invited!  Hope to see you there!  And bring a comapnion! 

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BBCAmerica has posted a couple of videos that are tied in with today's 50th anniversary episode of Doctor Who.  Here's "The Night of the Doctor": 
 

 

And here's "The Last Day", which features a really frightening climax:

 

 

Happy 50th Anniversary Doctor fans! Be sure to check out our collection of Doctor Who episodes on DVD here.   

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PLANETSPIDERS.pngThe last storyline to star Jon Pertwee as the Third Doctor (though he'd return briefly to the role in 1983's "The Five Doctors" ), "Planet of the Spiders" , which aired on the BBC as a six part serial in May-June 1974, is an okay finale to the actor's five year run on Doctor Who.  (Find the two-disc DVD set of this serial on our catalog by clicking here.)

 

 

DrWhoTheBeginning.pngContinuing coverage of the classic BBC science fiction/adventure television series Doctor Who and its 50th anniversary, this post will focus on the Doctor Who: The Beginning 3 disc DVD set.  (Find it on our catalog by clicking here.)

 

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