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General Information

Name:  Kim Johnson  

Pen Name: Kim "Howard" Johnson

Genre: Non-Fiction

Audience: Adult;

Born: 1955 in Ottawa, Illinois

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Johnson was born and raised in Ottawa, Illinois.

Biographical and Professional Information

Kim “Howard” Johnson has written several books on Monty Python as well as comic books for Marvel, DC, and Event Comics. Johnson first met the members of the Monty Python troupe in 1978 when he was the publisher of a Monty Python fanzine. He also appeared in ''Life Of Brian'', and once worked as John Cleese's personal assistant.Johnson and his wife, Laurie Bradach, own DoubleDare Books. He has also been a screenwriter, an award-winning newspaper writer, marketing director for a comic book company, radio newsman and feature reporter and magazine journalist.

Selected Titles At Your Library

The first 20 years of Monty Python /
ISBN: 0312033095. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. ©1989.

And now for something completely trivial :
ISBN: 0859652084. OCLC Number:

Plexus Publishing,. London :. 1993.

Life (before and) after Monty Python :
ISBN: 0312086954. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York, N.Y. :. 1993.

Truth in comedy :
ISBN: 1566080037. OCLC Number:

Meriwether Pub.,. Colorado Springs, Colo. :. ©1994.

Furnishes a comprehensive guide to improvisational techniques as used in stand-up comedy.

The first 28 years of Monty Python /
ISBN: 0312169337. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Griffin,. New York :. 1999.

An appreciation of Monty Python offers exclusive interviews, rare photographs, a complete episode guide to the TV shows, and listings of film, records, stage, and television endeavors.

Superman :
ISBN: 1401200230. OCLC Number:

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In a new twist on the legend of Superman, the future superhero is raised in a small English town by adoptive parents who teach him to hide his powers, but his job as a tabloid reporter may be in jeopardy unless he chooses to go public.

The funniest one in the room :
ISBN: 1556527128. OCLC Number:

Chicago Review Press,. Chicago, Ill. :. ©2008.

Containing recollections from more than 80 of the comedic giant's closest friends and colleagues, this absorbing biography explores Del Close's old haunts, his sensational past, and the reality behind the tales he told so often. From traveling with a carnival and hanging out with a pre-Scientology L. Ron Hubbard to riding with the Merry Pranksters and using a coven of witches to help him kick a lifelong cocaine habit, Close led an incredibly rich life-one whose absurdity proved great fodder for improv theater. Astute and compassionate, Close influenced improvisational theater's greatest comedi.

Monty Python's Tunisian holiday :
ISBN: 0312533799. OCLC Number:

St. Martin's Press,. New York :. 2008.

In 1978, Kim "Howard" Johnson ran away to join the circus--Monty Python's Flying Circus, that is. The Pythons converged on Tunisia to film their timeless classic, Life of Brian, and Howard found himself in the thick of it, doubling for nearly all the Pythons, playing more roles in the film than John Cleese, and managing to ruin only one shot. He became the unit journalist, substitute still photographer, Roman soldier, peasant, double, near-stalker, and, ultimately, friend and confidant of the comedy legends. He also kept a detailed journal of what he saw and heard, on set and off, throughout those six weeks. The result is a unique eyewitness account that reveals the Pythons at work and at play in a way that nothing else written about them could do. Even the most diehard fans will get a fresh take on the comedy greats through some never-before-revealed nuggets of Python brilliance.--From publisher description.

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