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The Resource Who stole the funny? : a novel of Hollywood, Robby Benson

Who stole the funny? : a novel of Hollywood, Robby Benson

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Who stole the funny? : a novel of Hollywood
Title
Who stole the funny?
Title remainder
a novel of Hollywood
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Robby Benson
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Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Review
  • Drawing on his experience directing Friends , Benson offers in his debut a derivative parody of behind-the-scenes Los Angeles that fails to skewer any of its easy targets. Has-been sitcom director J.T. Baker, a “passionate schmuck” in a self-imposed exile from Hollywood, is picked to helm the hit show I Love My Urban Buddies (“the biggest sitcom in eons”) after his predecessor meets an unfortunate end via an unfaithful wife, a hot tub and a nail gun. Desperate for money and health insurance to cover his son’s kidney dialysis treatment, J.T. accepts the assignment and flies to California. Upon his arrival, he clashes with Debbie, the “voluptuous” sexpot network liaison; Lance, the underqualified studio exec; and the married terrors Stephanie and Marcus Pooley, the show’s creators. J.T.’s only ally on the lot is his friend Asher Black, who helps J.T. survive Marcus’s lecherous casting sessions, puerile assistant directors, an on-set pederast and a cast of babied egoists. Benson’s flat, one-dimensional characters are hard to take seriously, and readers may have a hard time sympathizing with the long-winded J.T., especially after he anoints himself “the Sergeant at Arms of the Moral Police.” Benson’s background in the TV biz is apparent, but his roman à clef doesn’t pop. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed June 18, 2007) (Publishers Weekly, vol 254, issue 25, p34)
  • The title asks a loaded question, for with the exception of a few sparse moments, someone definitely "stole the funny" from this featherweight roman-à-clef.The production staff of the sitcom I Love My Urban Buddies (a less-than-subtle allusion to Friends) is in panic mode because its director Jasper Jones accidentally shot himself in the head with a pneumatic nail gun. Called in to rescue the desperate situation is J. T. Baker, who agrees to direct three episodes, including the ratings-significant Christmas episode. The narrative consists of a week-in-the-life of rehearsal, rewrites, unfaithful spouses, cast members taking time off in Vegas and a maniacal and backstabbing assemblage of writers, producers and agents. Amidst the chaos J. T. tries to create some semblance of order and professionalism, but it's impossible to locate in the loopy and deformed "reality" of L.A. To help the reader understand the nature of this alternative cosmos, throughout the novel Benson inserts a boxed "definition" from "The Hollywood Dictionary" (Example: "Oh, We Love It": This sucks!"). J. T. accepted the limited contract because he needs just a few weeks of work to qualify for a desperately needed health-care benefit—he just wants to return to his farm and family—but his professional life constantly threatens to spin out of control. When on the set he's asked, "Who's in charge here?" he answers, "I'm the director, so that definitely would not be me." The one genuinely funny moment in the book occurs not on the sound stage, in casting or in the green room, but at the bar mitzvah of agent Dick Beaglebum's son, a secular extravaganza in which singer Phat Azz raps both "The Star-Spangled Banner" and a prayer from the Haphtarah.Tinseltown characters with no glitter. (Kirkus Reviews, July 1, 2007)
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173801
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Benson, Robby
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
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  • Television producers and directors
  • Television comedies
Target audience
adult
Label
Who stole the funny? : a novel of Hollywood, Robby Benson
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Publication
Copyright
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
651598
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 349 pages
Isbn
9780061245008
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2007299588
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061245008
  • (OCoLC)148887729
Label
Who stole the funny? : a novel of Hollywood, Robby Benson
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
651598
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
ix, 349 pages
Isbn
9780061245008
Isbn Type
(pbk.)
Lccn
2007299588
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9780061245008
  • (OCoLC)148887729

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