By Ted Heller
SIGMUND "ZIGGY" BLISSMAN isn't the best-looking, sanest boy on the planet. some distance, faraway from it. yet this misfit baby of a failed husband-and-wife vaudeville staff has one (and just one) factor going for him: He can crack humans up simply through batting his eyelashes.
And Vittorio "Vic" Fontana, the son of a fisherman, is a fraud. slightly capable of hold a music or perhaps not sleep whereas trying to, the indolent baritone (if that's what he's) has something going for him: ladies like to examine him.
On their very own, they're mess ups. yet on one summer season evening within the Catskills, they step onstage and jointly turn into the funniest males -- and the most popular act -- in America.
Funnymen is the wildly creative tale of Fountain and Bliss, the comedy duo that extremely joyful the USA within the Forties and '50s. Conceived as a fictional oral biography and packed with greater than seventy memorable characters, Funnymen information the intense careers of 2 males whose expert luck is rarely matched of their own lives. the 2 males struggle regularly with their managers, their better halves, their little ones, their mistresses, and people accountable for their good fortune: one another. The tales acknowledged approximately Vic and Ziggy -- and the truths Heller finds approximately human ambition, egotism, and friendship -- make Funnymen a wild experience of a singular that also is an extraordinary and resourceful masterpiece of storytelling.
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