This star-studded tribute to the kings and queens of comedy draws together such legendary names as Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Eddie Murphy, Robin Williams, Ricky Gervais, and many more. Granted extraordinary access, photographer Matt Hoyle has captured his subjects in portraits that are works of art in themselves—by turns zany and deadpan, laugh-out-loud and contemplative. Accompanying them are first-person reflections from each of the comedians on life and laughter that always cut straight to the heart of comedy: it's funny because it's true. Page after sidesplitting page in Comic Genius offers prose as engaging as each portrait is memorable. Here, in one handsome package, is the gift of laughter itself. Comic Genius is proud to support Save The Children.
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Celebrity photographer Matt Hoyle clearly gets much joy from his work. Bright, bubbly, and sweetly off-kilter, his 125 portraits of comedy’s biggest names expertly capture their outsized personalities. Hoyle has clearly made his subjects—everyone from John Cleese, Carl Reiner, and Carol Burnett to Kristen Wiig, Andy Samberg, and Tracy Morgan—feel comfortable. A stunning photo of Arrested Development’s Jeffrey Tambor hints at a deep melancholy, and Lily Tomlin’s infectious, childlike wonderment shines through. Hoyle gets that it’s these hidden reserves that make the comics funny. Peppered with laugh-out-loud observations about comedy and featuring concise biographies of all the participants, Comic Genius is a book to reach for on a cloudy day.