If satire is your idea of high art, comic/filmmaker Paul Provenza (The Aristocrats, Showtime's The Green Room) and photographer Dan Dion's Â¡Satiristas!: Comedians, Contrarians, Raconteurs & Vulgarians â a revealing dissection of dozens of comedic minds including Stephen Colbert, Lewis Black, Conan O'Brien, Robin Williams, Roseanne Barr, Bill Maher, The Smothers Brothers, Lily Tomlin and the late George Carlin â is the coffee-table book for you. "This is the type of book I would have killed for as a teenager when I first felt that odd yearning to perform," enthuses rising political comic Lee Camp, whose recent Chaos for the Weary DVD taping included a special introduction from Carlin's daughter Kelly. "To be included in Â¡Satiristas! is simply incredible. I have to keep turning to my page to make sure it's still there." In addition to a book-release party [Diesel Bookstore, 225 26th St., Suite 33, Brentwood; Tue., May 11, 7 p.m.; free. (310) 576-9960.], Provenza and Dion will be joined by Camp and fellow interviewees Greg Proops, Marc Maron, David Feldman, Jamie Kilstein and Rick Shapiro for a UCB reception, photo exhibit, book signing and sure-to-sell-out live show.
Thu., May 13, 9:30 p.m., 2010