REVIEWED BY KYLE SMITH
Between Lenny Bruce and Jerry Seinfeld came the golden age of '70s stand-up, when Richard Pryor, Steve Martin and Robin Williams kicked new life into a tired art form. TIME writer Zoglin scores with knockout anecdotes about the drugs, the sex, the strange trivia (Billy Crystal was booted off SNL's debut when time ran short). He also examines how stand-up evolved from tame one-liners to hard truths—then back to cracks about cereal. A first-rate show biz tell-all.