comedy

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

Born Standing Up by Steve Martin

In Born Standing Up, Steve Martin looks back at his comedy career in a way that few artists are able to do. He not only has succeeded in his craft, he also has the luxury of being able to step back from the act and make sense of just what it was all about.

In the 1970's and 80's, Martin attained a kind of success usually reserved for rock stars. He filled up arenas and released number one albums, but  Martin is quick to point out that this was no overnight sensation. He spent his youth trying to break into the entertainment business by working at Disneyland and writing for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour.

The Late Shift by Bill Carter

The Late Shift by Bill Carter

When New York Times reporter Bill Carter recently broke the story that NBC was planning on gently escorting Tonight Show host Jay Leno out the door for a younger, fresher face, it felt a little like déjà vu. That's because the same decision happened about ten years ago.

Carter's definitely the most qualified person to reveal such information. The news made me seek out his book, The Late Shift. The title is a breakthrough account of the shake-up at NBC after Johnny Carson surprisingly announced his plan to retire within a year. The network famously snubbed their Late Night host, David Letterman by hiring Leno, who had been a successful guest host for the legendary Carson.

The Comedies of Jean-Pierre Jeunet: Delicatessen

Delicatessen

Come join the England Run Branch on Monday, June 27th at 7pm for the post-apocalyptic comedy Delicatessen, the first film in our summer series, by Jean-Pierre Jeunet starring Marie-Laure Dougnac and Dominique Pinon.

A futuristic comic feast about a landlord of an apartment building who occasionally prepares a delicacy for his odd tenants.

French with English Subtitles

 

Classics in the Afternoon: Some Like it Hot

Come join the Central Rappahannock Regional Library as we present Billy Wilder's classic comedy Some Like it Hot at the England Run Branch on Thursday, November 11th at 2:00 pm.

Scott Pilgrim (vol. 2) v. the World

By Bryan Lee O'Malley

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Scott Pilgrim has two girls on the go. When he is with Knives Chau, he feels like he can erase the past and start over. When he is with Ramona Flowers he is ready to accept the past, grow up and move on. What happens when Knives and Ramona meet each other or Scott's ex-flames? How will Scott deal? Who will he choose?
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