COMEDY ON RECORD

"It's intended as a reference work, but Ronald L. Smith's hefty new tome is a compulsively readable book, informative and often very amusing...Amply fulfilling its stated goal, 'Comedy on Record' lists and rates, often in considerable detail, virtually every comedy album ever released. Delightful and entertaining...a wealth of solid (and sometimes bizarre) information...Smith's judgements are on target."
LARRY KART, CHICAGO TRIBUNE

"'Comedy on Record' is a valuable reference...in addition to being a useful resource, this book is fun to read."
LIBRARY JOURNAL

"In a monumental effort, Garland Publishing, Inc. has provided the ultimate book for fans of comedy records, authored by Ronald Smith. And Smith's impressive credentials in the comedy field certainly qualify him to delve into such a magnificent task. He is a joke writer, humorous poetry writer, comedy magazine editor as well as the author of "The Stars of Stand-Up Comedy" and "Johnny Carson."...Page after page...virtually boggles one's mind...truly an incredible work...a job well done."
MOVIE COLLECTOR'S WORLD

THE COMEDY QUOTE DICTIONARY(Doubleday)

"A hoot of a book...he has gathered together some of the brightest moments and lines from the best comedic minds of all time. Many of these bits will make you laugh out loud...Marvelous!"
THE COAST BOOK REVIEW

"Pick a topic, any topic, and Ronald L. Smith has a zinger for you...and among the 2,000 or so quotes, quips and jokes from this century's funniest men and women, there's nary a groaner."
LOS ANGELES DAILY NEWS


COSBY, LIFE OF A COMEDY LEGEND

"Warm, likable bio...sincere and funny and richly human."
Kirkus Reviews


"...a good blend of facts and anecdotes make for an easy to read, concise biography...Smith's comfortable writing style should warrant recognition."
News & Courier, Charleston S.C.

"Chockful of interesting anecdotes and biographical information...presented heartwarmingly and with insight."
Philadelphia Daily News


"Smith, a recognized writer on comedy and comedians, masterfully documents Cosby...and reveals the well-loved entertainer's feelings and thoughts in rich detail."
Bay News

"An entertaining look at the gifted comedian and entertainer."
Houston Chronicle

"Smith successfully places Cosby's stand-up career in the context of the times: assessing his competition , tracing his influences, recounting some of his difficulties and triumphs. Best of all, he explains, with the help of quotes from Cosby's first manager, how painstakingly the two of them worked on those early monologues."
Philadelphia Inquirer

LET PEAS BE WITH YOU


"It's a treat to read...absurdly unique!"
Jerry Stiller and Anne Meara

"Love the book!"
Vincent Price

"Very good! Ron Smith's a very talented man. You'll get a big kick out of LET PEAS BE WITH YOU."
Joey Adams

"I'll mind my peas -- the queues can still line up at the movies. NICE book!"
Ann Beattie

"Charming and fun!"
Julia Child

"I greatly enjoyed LET PEAS BE WITH YOU."
Steve Allen




COMIC SUPPORT:  Second Bananas in the Movies


"This book is a real sleeper: word-and-picture profiles of 170 comic supporting players, everyone from Iris Adrian and Luis Alberni to Marie Wilson and Monty Woolley. Yes, 170 of the best-loved players in movie history, most of whom never got the credit they deserved. But now they do. Ron Smith captures each one with a fine personal and career profile, plus a rare photo. And no skimping: the average profile runs about one and a half oversized pages. You get elusive birth and death dates, plus valuable extras...In short, a wonderful reading-and-reference book..."
Previews

"Full time drunks, society ladies, prissy sales clerks and silly sidekicks — they're all here from Iris Adrian to Marie Wilson, a collection of straight men and zanies long unappreciated to all except the ever faithful film buff..its good photos, trim bios and "selected film and stage appearances" recommends it...There's a certain scandal-drenched joy in these 200 profiles that give it appeal...Jack Weston's "flag desecration," Carol Wayne's drowning and Walter Catlett's "legendary drinking" — pithy comments lend notoriety to people too often blended into the anonymity of Tinseltown's various stock companies."
Films in Review

THE FIGHT FOR TONIGHT

"Smith's 15th book...is a riveting behind-the-scenes account of backstabbing, bullying and network nitpicking that goes all the way back to the first successful late night show, "Broadway Open House," starring Jerry Lester, who was soon upstaged by television's first blonde bombshell, Dagmar. Throughout, the reader sees producers, agents, network executives and performers at their self-serving, preening worst. But the last are also seen at their best. Many of the great moments of late night television are faithfully recalled, and they have not lost their luster."
CHICAGO TRIBUNE 

And the critics say....

STARS OF STAND-UP COMEDY


"A standout book on stand-up comedians...he writes with empathy...What gives Smith's book its value is that...he describes the comic with well chosen excerpts from the routines. Smith can also usually chart the life path and the extenuating circumstances that produced the style. He is very good and comprehending on Lenny Bruce...and Smith's long entry on Mort Sahl captures remarkably the incisive style of a comic satirist...there are two kinds of reference books about show business: very good and fairly awful...good ones answer hard questions, surprise you with facts you didn't know and are impossible to put down because one revelation leads to another."
CHARLES CHAMPLIN, LOS ANGELES TIMES

"Wise and insightful...I'm sure that as much as I know about the business I'll have frequent occasion to refer to it."
STEVE ALLEN


JOHNNY CARSON: A BIOGRAPHY

"Pleasing...more replenishing than Paul Corkery's "Carson," Smith is much tighter, more straightforward, touches all the bases and nicely seasoned with that Carson wit."
KIRKUS REVIEWS

"Insightful portrait." BACKSTAGE

"Anecdote filled. Like Paul Corkery's recent "Carson," Smith's account was written without the subject's cooperation, but unlike the earlier effort, it manages to be quite juicy." BOOKLIST




RONALD L. SMITH

SWEETHEARTS OF 60's TV:


"Ronald Smith has come up with an amiable volume of profiles of 16 "girls next door, dream wives, comic cuties, fantasy figures and women of action" on TV...ultimately belongs on the shelf next to People." Newsday.

"Buy this one for fun!" Booklist

"Nostalgic baby boomers will find this book irresistible!" Library Journal



WHO'D SAY THAT?

"Celebrities say the darndest things. And Ronald L. Smith has collected their most outrageous quotes in his hilarious new quiz book!"
National Enquirer

COMEDY STARS AT 78 RPM

"A book which should benefit record collectors and vintage entertainment fans...The 89 biographical profiles are concise and include samples of each performer's routines. Real names and birth and death dates are included...Smith lists original cylinder or 78 releases, giving titles and original stock numbers...the book provides information on scores of obscure entertainers...supplies much helpful data and does so entertainingly."
PAST TIMES

"Deals with a curious but interesting mix of performers...Abbott and Costello, Nora Bayes, Fanny Brice...Butterbeans and Susie, Red Ingle and Robert J. Wildhack, Arthur Askey, Billy Bennett, Albert Chevalier, Billy Merson, George Robey and others...The author knows his subject well and provides some fascinating tidbits."
ANTHONY SLIDE, CLASSIC IMAGES

POE IN THE MEDIA

 "The tome takes on the daunting task of covering all Poe-related films, music and spoken-word recordings and does so in a style that's at once thorough and fun."
NY DAILY NEWS

"Clear and concise...a fiendishly fascinating read."  The Academic Library Book Review here.