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Steve Allen

Born: December 26, 1921 in New York, New York
Died: October 30, 2000 in Encino, California

Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Allen was raised on the south side of Chicago.

Biography: Steve Allen was born Stephen Valentine Patrick William Allen. He was an American television personality, musician, actor, comedian, and writer. He was also a radio and tv personality and an award winning composer.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Steve Allen on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

  A flash of swallows;
ISBN: 0837567343 OCLC: 5024

Droke House Anderson, S.C., [1969]

Ackermanthology! :
ISBN: 1575440563 OCLC: 36179036

General Pub. Group, Los Angeles : ©1997.

Beloved son :
ISBN: 0672526786 OCLC: 7555272

Bobbs-Merrill, Indianapolis : ©1982.

The results of a 10-year study of cults begun when the author's son joined the Love Family in 1971 in which he makes an objective examination of cults and their effects on members' families.

But seriously-- :
ISBN: 1573920908 OCLC: 34788401

Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY : 1996.

Norman Cousins once wrote that "In any inventory of the natural resources on this planet", Steve Allen's conscience is "high on the list". It is this wonderfully prolific, highly educated conscience which prompted each of the articles included in But Seriously ... Steve Allen Speaks His Mind. Such a dynamic, energetic conscience has encouraged Allen throughout his career as an author and entertainer to examine the innumerable facets of modern American society, identifying the many problems which desperately need to be corrected and developing provocative new solutions to do so. Allen's razor-sharp insights always cut to the core of the issue, whether the topic involves labor relations, the atomic bomb, gifted education, or the lessons to be learned from the nomination of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. This collection of speeches, articles, personal correspondence, and other writings constitutes a well-reasoned anthology filled with good humor, irony, and a deep concern for the human condition. Allen's devotion to common sense and serious social involvement carves a path for others to follow.

  Chopped-up Chinese /
ISBN: 0843104546 OCLC: 9419037

Price/Stern/Sloan, Los Angeles : ©1978.

ISBN: 0874770084 OCLC: 695814

J.P. Tarcher; distributed by Hawthorn Books, New York, Los Angeles, Calif. : [1973]

Die laughing
ISBN: 1575663805 OCLC: 40612979

Kensington, New York : 1999, ©1998.

Die laughing /
ISBN: 1575662418 OCLC: 38013093

Kensington Books, New York : ©1998.

Steve Allen and Jayne Meadows investigate the spate of murders of comedians which began when slapstick king Terry Parker is discovered stabbed to death while attending the black-tie funeral for Benny Hartman, the 85-year-old, cigar-chomping veteran of vaudeville, radio, stage, and screen.

Dumbth :
ISBN: 1573922374 OCLC: 39556411

Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y. : 1998.

Steve Allen's humorous and provocative examination of the increasing American tendency toward muddle-headedness and ineptitude.

Explaining China /
ISBN: 0517540622 OCLC: 5992592

Crown Publishers, New York : ©1980.

Reports his personal observations and reactions to modern China following his three trips there since 1975.

Flash fiction funny :
ISBN: 1595408827 OCLC: 859236624

82 humorous short stories, curated and collected by Tom Hazuka, esteemed editor of flash fiction.

Funny people /
ISBN: 0812827643 OCLC: 7875541

Stein and Day, New York : 1981.

Hi-ho, Steverino! :
ISBN: 1560545216 OCLC: 26211460

Thorndike Press, Thorndike, Me. : 1992.

Hi-ho, Steverino! :
ISBN: 0942637550 OCLC: 24871485

Barricade Books ; Fort Lee, N.J. : ©1992.

How to be funny :
ISBN: 1573922064 OCLC: 38079243

Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y. : 1998.

  How to make a speech
ISBN: 0070011966 OCLC: 14216024

McGraw-Hill Productions, New York : ©1986.

Entertainer Steve Allen demonstrates how anyone, in any circumstance, can master and use the fundamentals of effective public speaking.

How to make a speech /
ISBN: 0070011648 OCLC: 12189210

McGraw-Hill, New York : ©1986.

Entertainer Steve Allen demonstrates how anyone, in any circumstance, can master and use the fundamentals of effective public speaking.

Make 'em laugh
ISBN: 9781615928514 OCLC: 869299790

Prometheus Books, Amherst, NY : 2014.

The success of Steve Allen's How To Be Funny led first to the republication of that book, and now occasioned a companion volume, Make 'Em Laugh. This new how-to book about the art of comedy includes an even richer assortment of examples of the author's unique humor. In Make 'Em Laugh, Allen laces his formal instruction with hilarious ad-libs, written jokes, TV comedy sketches, satires, song parodies, humorous essays, amusing autobiographical reminiscences, one-act plays, witty speeches, and stand-up monologues from his comedy concerts. Noel Coward called Steve Allen the most talented man in America, and he is probably the most borrowed-from comedian of all time. The perceptive reader will recognize many of the comic ideas that Allen originated during the Golden Age of television comedy - ideas that are still influential in the 1990's. If there were a college course in creating and performing comedy, Make 'Em Laugh would be the ideal textbook.

Make 'em laugh /
ISBN: 0879758376 OCLC: 28294810

Prometheus Books, Buffalo, N.Y. : 1993.

Meeting of minds :
ISBN: 0879755504 OCLC: 20802027

Prometheus Books, Buffalo, N.Y. : ©1989.

More funny people /
ISBN: 0812828844 OCLC: 8907761

Stein and Day, New York : 1982.

More Steve Allen on the Bible, religion & morality /
ISBN: 0879757361 OCLC: 27150481

Prometheus Books, Buffalo, N.Y. : 1993.

Throughout the alphabetical arrangement of this book, Allen quotes Catholic, Protestant, and Judaic Biblical scholars in an attempt to make people think reasonably about the Bible.

Murder in Hawaii /
ISBN: 1575663759 OCLC: 40429332

Kensington, New York : 1999.

In Hawaii, sleuth Steve Allen and his wife, Jayne, go on location of the filming of a TV crime drama to investigate an attempted murder. Someone damaged the car brakes of the leading actor.

Murder in Manhattan /
ISBN: 0821730339 OCLC: 21895749

Kensington Pub. Corp., New York : ©1990.

  Murder in Vegas
ISBN: 1575663201 OCLC: 52136285

Kensington Pub. Corp., New York, NY : 1997, ©1991.

Murder in Vegas /
ISBN: 0821734628 OCLC: 24016892

Kensington Pub. Corp., New York, NY : ©1991.

Murder on the Atlantic /
ISBN: 1575660970 OCLC: 35775137

Kensington Pub. Corp., New York, NY : ©1996.

  Murder on the glitter box
ISBN: 0787101974 OCLC: 32019784

Dove Audio, Beverly Hills, Calif. : 1994.

A substitute talk show emcee finds his guests dropping dead on the stage. Was the poison they consumed intended for him ... or the man he was standing in for?

  Murder on the glitter box /
ISBN: 0821727524 OCLC: 19908659

Kensington Pub. Corp., New York, NY : ©1989.

Reflections /
ISBN: 0879759046 OCLC: 30319490

Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y. : 1994.

"Steve Allen does so many things, he's the only man I know who's listed on every one of the Yellow Pages". That's how protege Andy Williams once described Steve Allen; and Noel Coward called him "the most talented man in America". Apt descriptions, indeed; for Allen is not only a comedian, but a prolific writer, composer, pianist, actor, and a serious thinker as well. Those who are familiar with Steve Allen only in his capacity as a comedian may find it surprising that in Reflections he has produced a collection of thought-provoking philosophical observations on a variety of serious topics. But anyone who knows such works as his two-volume study of Scriptures - Steve Allen on the Bible, Religion, and Morality - or his incisive critique of America's declining intellectual standards - "Dumbth": And 81 Ways to Make Americans Smarter - will realize that Allen's serious side is at least as creative and interesting as his flights of comedic fancy. Steve Allen is a largely self-taught intellectual. Perhaps this is the reason that he is able to write in a casual but clear, nonacademic style, which makes even his weightiest ideas accessible to the average reader. And as befits a professional humorist, Allen displays his wit from time to time in these pages. But by and large, his comments on assorted philosophical, political, and social questions are not only serious but challenging. No matter what issue he addresses - aging, happiness, heroes, justice, love, psychology, religion, sex, or TV - the popular humorist and philosopher in one always finds something fresh and insightful to say.

Reflections on the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
ISBN: 9781841138787 OCLC: 733060942

Hart Pub., Oxford ; 2011.

The adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples by the United Nations General Assembly on 13 September 2007 was acclaimed as a major success for the United Nations system given the extent to which it consolidates and develops the international corpus of indigenous rights. This is the first in-depth academic analysis of this far-reaching instrument. Indigenous representatives have argued that the rights contained in the Declaration, and the processes by which it was formulated, obligate affected States to accept the validity of its provisions and its interpretation of contes.

Ripoff :
ISBN: 0818402490 OCLC: 4883379

L. Stuart, Secaucus, N.J. : 1979.

Schmock-Schmock! /
ISBN: 038509664X OCLC: 1501908

Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y. : 1975.

Steve Allen on the Bible, religion, & morality /
ISBN: 0879756381 OCLC: 21876648

Prometheus Books, Buffalo, N.Y. : ©1990.

"Draws on the expertise of biblical scholars, theologians, and philosophers to demonstrate that fundamentalist assumptions about the reliability and authenticity of the Bible ... have no rational or factual basis"--Inside dust jacket.

Steve Allen's private joke file
ISBN: 9780307421692 OCLC: 869388530

Crown Publishing Group, New York : 2013.

Why Did Steve Allen Cross the Road' Steve Allen is a legend among comedians and entertainers. He's been playing to audiences on stage, radio, film, and television for more than fifty years, gaining acclaim for his unique wit and energy. Now for the first time, he shares more than a thousand of his favorite one-liners, anecdotes, limericks, quotes, and other generally funny things. The entries are divided into nearly two hundred categories to make it easy for anyone to find the right laugh for any occasion. If you're faced with the prospect of having to say a few words, Steve Allen's Private Joke File is the perfect place to look for ideas and inspiration on such topics as awards, drinking, baseball, lawyers, dentists, insurance, marriage, the stock market, and dozens of other subjects. A sampling: * My wife and I had words, but I never got to use mine! * If ignorance is bliss, he should die of joy. * How are the acoustics here' Great, I can hardly hear you! * I learned to rumba very early in life ... I had a tricycle with a loose seat. * Room for rent, by young lady, freshly plastered. Steve Allen has also included a number of his favorite essays and monologues. Steve Allen's Private Joke File is great to flip through for fun or for function, and for those of us looking for a good laugh -- to give one or to have one -- it's indispensable. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Steve Allen's private joke file /
ISBN: 0609806726 OCLC: 44019102

Three Rivers Press, New York : ©2000.

Compiles jokes, anecdotes, one-liners, and quotes delivered by the comedian and original host of "The Tonight Show."

Steve Allen's songs :
ISBN: 0786407360 OCLC: 41311850

McFarland & Co., Jefferson, N.C. : ©1999.

  The beat generation.
ISBN: 0930589874 OCLC: 27329921

Rhino/Word Beat, Santa Monica, CA : ℗1992.

  The bug and the slug in the rug /
ISBN: 1880851172 OCLC: 37106606

Greene Bark Press, Bridgeport, CT : ©1995.

While traveling through a rug, one day, a bug comes upon a slug for the first time only to learn that as different as each is in appearance they have a lot in common.

  The girls on the 10th floor
ISBN: 0836936086 OCLC: 95924

Books for Libraries Press Freeport, N.Y., [1970, ©1958]

The man who turned back the clock, and other short stories /
ISBN: 1573920029 OCLC: 32589085

Prometheus Books, Amherst, N.Y. : 1995.

  The murder game
ISBN: 0821744526 OCLC: 29555285

Zebra Books, New York, NY : [1994], ©1993.

The murder game /
ISBN: 0821741152 OCLC: 27690855

Zebra Books, New York : ©1993.

America was ready for a nostalgic treat - or so the United Broadcasting System thought when it revived one of television's most popular game shows after a twenty-year absence from the air waves. Little did the network know that it was setting the stage for murder ... A member of the original celebrity panel of "The Murder Game" show; Steve's vivacious wife, Jayne Meadows, was invited to a reunion with other show business personalities of the original cast to solve.

The passionate nonsmoker's bill of rights :
ISBN: 0688062954 OCLC: 19741421

Morrow, New York : ©1989.

  The public hating :
ISBN: 0942637224 OCLC: 20490211

Dembner Books : New York : ©1990.

  The talk show murders
ISBN: 0440184800 OCLC: 9213276

Dell, New York : 1983, ©1982.

Private investigator, Roger Dale, finds himself sucked into finding the brazen killer who kills talk show guests from under everyone's nose. Dale finds himself more frustrated as the body count piles up, and the FBI gets more persistent in trying to get him to drop the case. Finally, Dale and the FBI decide to work together when he comes up with the idea to use himself as bait for the next primetime victim.

The Talk show murders /
ISBN: 0440084717 OCLC: 7734028

Delacorte Press, New York : ©1982.

Private investigator, Roger Dale, finds himself sucked into finding the brazen killer who kills talk show guests from under everyone's nose. Dale finds himself more frustrated as the body count piles up, and the FBI gets more persistent in trying to get him to drop the case. Finally, Dale and the FBI decide to work together when he comes up with the idea to use himself as bait for the next primetime victim.

The wake :
ISBN: 0871297191 OCLC: 37291487

Dramatic Pub., Woodstock, Ill. : ©1996.

The wake.
ISBN: 0385076088 OCLC: 532429

Doubleday, Garden City, N.Y., 1972.

Vulgarians at the gate :
ISBN: 1573928747 OCLC: 45393419

"Do you know what your kids are watching on TV or hearing on the radio? While channel surfing, they may come across an episode of Sex and the City, in which the leading ladies light-heartedly compare notes on penis size; the cartoon series South Park, with its talking piece of excrement; the brawling of dysfunctional families on the Jerry Springer show; the latest sex-purveying, women-hating, and violence-inciting rap video on MTV; or the rantings of radio shock-jock Howard Stern."

  Wake up to murder
ISBN: 9780616747056 OCLC: 1011742881

CNIB, Toronto : 2012.

When on-set accidents cause a morning talk show host to leave in a huff, co-anchor Cat Lawrence convinces her old friend Steve Allen to help out. She wants Steve not only to fill in as host, but also to find out who is sabotaging the show. Strong language. 1996.

Wake up to murder /
ISBN: 1575660903 OCLC: 35755232

Kensington Books, New York : ©1996.

Steve Allen and his wife are surrounded by murder while guest hosting on Good Morning, U.S.A.