This is from today's New York Post about an uncoming book called Comedy at the Edge. Sounds real solid!
October 11, 2007 -- SURE, they're funny, but the world's top comedians are also full of anger and rage - toward each other.
In the upcoming book "Comedy at the Edge," which chronicles the rise of stand-up in the 1970s, David Brenner tells author Richard Zoglin he once threatened to attack Robin Williams for stealing his material and using it on HBO. Calling up Williams' agent, Brenner warned, "Tell Robin if he ever takes one more line from me, I'll rip his leg off and shove it up his [bleep]!" Williams tells Zoglin he was simply "sampling" material from others.
Richard Belzer, who plays Det. John Munch on "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit," was perceived as lazy and full of himself by other comics when he would play at Catch a Rising Star. Paul Reiser told the author, "There were nights people would feel very entitled - I'm a big shot and [bleep] you. A lot of near-fistfights. Belzer was one of those guys who was very indulged. He was given the run of the house, whether high or drunk." Added Bill Maher: "I never once saw [Belzer] do a set sober."
Pioneering female comic Elaine Boosler "could have been a major star. But she was too difficult to work with," says Carolines owner Caroline Hirsch, adding that Boosler once walked out of a show because she didn't like her opening act, Emo Phillips.
Mike Binder, creator of TV's "The Mind of the Married Man," recalls how Mitzy Shore, the mother of Paulie Shore who co-founded L.A.'s Comedy Store, chewed him out. When Binder, a stand-up vet, produced his first HBO special, Shore called. Binder recalled, "I was expecting congratulations. But she was furious. She starts screaming, 'You stole that from me! I'm the one that produces specials - you do comedy!' "
Shore could be prickly, for sure. She told Zoglin that when a hot comic named Jerry Seinfeld came to her club in 1980, she practically turned him away at the door. "I didn't like his attitude. He didn't fit in," she said. For his part, Seinfeld recalled, "Mitzi Shore didn't like me . . . She told me to my face. She felt so many people liked me, that's not good for a comedian. She wanted me to seek her counsel. She was like the kid with drugs at the school - if you want to be my friend, you'll buy drugs from me."
Here's the link: http://www.nypost.com/seven/10112007...ix/pagesix.htm