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Playboy Laughs

Following her success with Playboy Swings, Patty Farmer looks at Playboys relationship with comedians and cartoonists in her new book Playboy Laughs. Playboy Laughsinvites readers onto the sets of the organizations groundbreaking TV shows,Playboy PenthouseandPlayboy After Dark. These popular variety series brought top-tier comedians, impressionists, and monologistsas well as the finest musiciansinto peoples homes each week. Readers will learn how before he ever dreamed of conquering the magazine publishing worldand along the way establish a worldwide brandHugh Hefner harbored aspirations of making his mark in the world as a cartoonist. Playboy Laughsdelves into the darker aspects of the time as well, tackling the ways Playboy and its comedy stars helped break down social and racial barriers as well as sexual ones. Known for her devotion to meticulous research and clear, honest storytelling, Farmer has gained the full cooperation of the Playboy organizationand Hugh Hefner himselfmaking this not only an entertaining read but a trustworthy history of an under-appreciated aspect of American comic culture.
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Patty Farmer is acknowledged as the leading expert on all things pertaining to music, entertainmentand the entertainersof Playboy. Shes also a businesswoman and former model, and has followed the entertainment industry as an insider, as well as an avid fan and archivist all her life. Her work draws upon a lifetime of friendship and socializing among personalities and celebrities around the world. In her previous book, The Persian Room Presents, she transported readers back to the halcyon days of New York City nightlife. Patty splits her time between New York, Texas, and France.


"I want to thank Patty Farmer for understanding the importance of gathering all of this material together and making it fun to read and think about. ReadingPlayboy Laughs, full of backstage stories about those days, took me back there like it was yesterday." -- Bill Marx, Pianist, composer, arranger, and Son of Harpo "Playboy has published some of the most talented cartoonists and writers of our time. Patty Farmer captures the essence of this golden period through her colorful profiles and interviews." -- Leonard Maltin, film critic and historian

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