By William Knoedelseder
Within the mid-1970s, Jay Leno, David Letterman, Andy Kaufman, Richard Lewis, Robin Williams, Elayne Boosler, Tom Dreesen, and a number of other hundred different shameless showoffs and incorrigible cutups from around the nation migrated en masse to la, the hot domestic of Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show. There, in a late-night global of intercourse, medicinal drugs, desires and laughter, they created an inventive group not like any sooner than or for the reason that. It used to be Comedy Camelotbut it couldn’t last.
William Knoedelseder was once then a cub reporter overlaying the burgeoning neighborhood comedy scene for the Los Angeles Times. He wrote the 1st significant newspaper profiles of numerous of the long run stars. And he was once there whilst the comedianswho weren't paid through the golf equipment the place they performed attempted to alter the process and by the way tore aside their very own close-knit group. In I’m death Up Here he tells the total tale of that golden age, of the strike that ended it, and of the way these days nonetheless resonate within the lives of these who have been there. As comedy golf equipment and cable television started to increase, many might in attaining stardom.... yet luck had its cost.