LIVE from NYPL: Outrageous: Kliph Nesteroff with Marc Maron
The historian of modern comedy speaks with the stand-up and WTF host about his expansive new history of showbiz and the culture wars.
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In his new book, Outrageous, Kliph Nesteroff chronicles the controversies of American show business and the ongoing attempts to change what we watch, read, and hear. He challenges the common perception that we live in unprecedented times of sensitivity and backlash to what public figures say and do and argues that Americans have been objecting to entertainment for nearly two hundred years—sometimes rationally, often irrationally. He also examines the powerful political interests that have sought to circumvent the arts using censorship, legal harassment, and outright propaganda.
Nesteroff speaks with stand-up comedian and host of WTF, Marc Maron, about America’s neverending story of culture in conflict.
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ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Kliph Nesteroff has been called the “premier popular historian of comedy,” by The New York Times. He is the author of two previous books, The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels, and the History of American Comedy and We Had a Little Real Estate Problem: The Unheralded Story of Native Americans and Comedy. His work has been praised by comedy legends from Gilbert Gottfried to Mel Brooks, Fred Willard to Norm Macdonald. OUTRAGEOUS: A History of Showbiz and the Culture Wars is his third book.
Marc Maron starred in the Netflix series Glow and his scripted series, Maron, aired for four seasons on IFC. He’s had recent roles in the films Joker, Spenser Confidential, Sword of Trust, Stardust, the 2021 Aretha Franklin biopic Respect alongside Jennifer Hudson, and Dreamworks animated feature The Bad Guys co-starring Sam Rockwell. Marc’s stand-up special More Later (2015) aired on Epix and his specials Thinky Pain (2013), Too Real (2017) and 2020’s End Times Fun, which was nominated for a 2021 Critics’ Choice Award, are currently streaming on Netflix. Marc is the author of The Jerusalem Syndrome: My Life as a Reluctant Messiah and Attempting Normal.
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