Radio: The Egomaniacs

The typical successful TV comic is either Irish or Jewish, earns more money than the President of the U.S., and is likely to suffer from egomania, insomnia and, especially, vertigo—i.e., a morbid fear of falling from his high Nielsen rating. In a new book, The Funny Men (Simon & Schuster; $3-95), published this week, TV Comic Steve Allen, who labors to be funny five nights a week on NBC's Tonight, outlines the terrors of his trade and takes a measuring look at 16 of his competitors. Since he began work on the book, one of the 16 (Fred Allen) has died,...

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