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Best To Laugh (2014)


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Published: Minneapolis, MN : University of Minnesota Press, [2014]
Description:  302 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN/ISSN: 9780816694532 (hc : alk. paper), 0816694532 (hc : alk. paper),
Language:  English

"No one steps up to life's banquet, holds out her tray, and orders, "Grief, please!" Yet as a child, Candy Pekkala was served a heaping helping of it. But every buffet line has a dessert section, and when a cousin calls with a Hollywood apartment to sublet, it seems though Candy is finally offered something sweet. It's good-bye to Minnesota and hello to California, where a girl who has always lived by her wits has a real chance of making a living with them. And with that, Lorna Landvik launches her latest irresistible character onto the world stage--or at least onto the dimly lit small stage where stand-up comedy gets its start"--Inside Cover

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Cheerfully Outlandish

Tapping into her checkered (but legal) past and Minnesotan roots, Loran Landvik’s Best To Laugh is cheerfully outlandish, filled with ambition, love, and some really, really great one-liners.  Sometimes reading almost as an autobiography, Best to Laugh is the story of Candy, a young, twenty-something from Minneapolis who, as recent graduate from college in 1978, moves to Hollywood.  Once arrived, Candy works a series of increasingly odd jobs ranging from a temp job at a recording company to an establishment suspiciously like the Playboy Mansion (in a strictly a clerical position!), before realizing that she wants to go into comedy.

Filled with colorful characters straight from central casting, historic lore from Hollywood’s golden age, and written with a razor sharp wit and awareness of how hard it can be for women to break into the comedy scene, Landvik’s homage to funny ladies everywhere is a brilliant, nostalgic, coming-of-age story that had me hooked from page one!

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