In a dazzling tapestry of invented voices-of family, friends, employees, rivals-the meteoric trajectories of the lives and careers of Vic Fountain and Ziggy Bliss are brilliantly captured in this remarkable comic oral history. Before they meet, Sigmund Blissman and Victor Fontana were going nowhere fast. One a comedian, the other a band singer, they struggle to establish themselves as performers. And one night, as both of them fail miserably in mid-performance, the now-named Ziggy Bliss appears unexpectedly onstage with Vic Fountain, and comedy history is born. Soon they are the undisputed funniest men in America; their performance is described as "table tennis on a comet." But their professional success doesn't spill over into their personal lives. The two men fight, bickering with their managers, their wives, their children, and their mistresses, each driving himself away from the one person most responsible for his success: the other.
Ted Heller is the Photo Editor and Senior Writer at NICKELODEON magazine. He has worked for SPY, DETAILS, PREMIERE and VANITY FAIR. His father is Joseph Heller, author of CATCH-22. Ted Heller lives in New York City.