"exhaustive and gripping new biography" -- The Forward
"lively and meticulously researched" -- Chicago Tribune
"told with intimate details, an affectionate touch of humanity" -- The Hollywood Reporter
"a well thought-out cultural history" -- Library Journal
"A superb, absorbing account." -- Prof. Stephen Whitfield, Brandeis U.
"An entertaining, informative, and ultimately moving story." Prof. Victor L. Cahn, Skidmore College.
"A remarkably well-researched, passionately written story of quite nearly tragic proportions." -- Eric Alterman, author and The Nation columnist
"You rarely come away from a portrait of a comedian understanding so totally why he and his work mattered… and how they mattered." -- Mark Evanier, NewsfromMe.com