Hilarious and true to life witty compassionate and impossible to put down straight man follows hank devereaux through one very bad week in this novel from pulitzer prize winning author richard russo william henry devereaux jr is the reluctant chairman of the english department of a badly underfunded college in the pennsylvania rust belt. Hans its hard to be the straight man in the english deparment he says because everyone is smart clever and cutting. Chick is a wacky little narcissist ping ponging around the page fox is the fond amused straight man new york times brief tales for new readers and little listeners from philip stead and more 29 june 2018 melanie provides the straight man to ethans comedy chicago tribune . Well the straight guy is never given enough credit bud abbott gets no credit for framing a gag for the architecture for the support for the drive he does everything except the punchline hes amazing if the straight man is the lead in an ensemble or a show with loads and loads of
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