Kliph Nesteroff is the best selling author of The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy. Regarded for his vast knowledge of show business, Vice has called him "The Human Encyclopedia of Comedy.” Los Angeles Magazine calls him "The King of Comedy Lore."
After eight years as a stand-up comedian, Nesteroff became a frequent contributor to CBC Radio and WFMU. His work has been praised by The Atlantic Monthly, Boing Boing, The Chicago Tribune, Comedy Central, Dangerous Minds, The Globe and Mail, The Hollywood Reporter, The Huffington Post, The Los Angeles Times, NPR’s Morning Edition, The New York Times, Rolling Stone, Salon, Slate, Vanity Fair, and most major media outlets.
Marc Maron is one of Nesteroff's biggest champions, interviewing him at length on three different episodes of WTF with Marc Maron. His first appearance, episode 314, was described by The AV Club as "nothing short of fascinating." Nesteroff was interviewed again on WTF episodes 490 and 659. Nesteroff’s upcoming Earwolf-Howl podcast Classic Showbiz is produced by Maron.
Nesteroff has appeared at the Los Angeles Cinefamily, the New York Comedy Festival, SF Sketchfest and the Upright Citizens Bridgade Theater. He has presented live shows with Mel Brooks, Lewis Black, Peter Farrelly, Joel Grey, Buck Henry, Robert Morse, Lizz Winstead, Fred Willard, and Triumph the Insult Comic Dog. He has also toured North America telling anecdotes about the history of comedy. Canadian publication Exclaim! called a Toronto engagement "like heroin for comedy nerds ... Nesteroff shared dozens of unforgettable stand-up-related tales ... The depth of his knowledge about the history of American comedy combined with his off-the-cuff and funny yet eloquent stage presence made this entire show utterly engrossing." Nesteroff addressed the Mensa International Annual General Meeting in July 2016.
Kliph Nesteroff's first book The Comedians: Drunks, Thieves, Scoundrels and the History of American Comedy was published in hardcover on November 3, 2015 to uniformly positive reviews. Merrill Markoe wrote in the Wall Street Journal, "I thought I knew a lot about the history of American comedy. But this book located gaps in my knowledge I never knew were there and filled them with jaw-dropping anecdotes that made my eyes spin in different directions. For comedy completists and comedians alike, this book is a real treat.” The Washington Post said of Nesteroff, "He writes with insider perception but never seems to be either whitewashing or trashing any of this outrageous cast. Like a biblical epic, The Comedians seems to have a cast of thousands. One act barely somersaults offstage before Nesteroff leads on the next. The anecdotes are memorable and often hilarious ... With his encyclopedic knowledge, talent for vivid anecdotes and tireless gusto, he drives this busload of rowdy clowns into the 21st century." The New York Times wrote, "His sprawling and savvy book should burnish his reputation. It’s a serious history without a trace of self-seriousness ... and the way he traces the influence of advertising and the fear of technology on the evolution of comedy is fascinating ... Through his elegiac attention, these forgotten comedians become almost romantic figures, the stars of a secret history of laughter.”
The Comedians has been endorsed by some of the biggest names in the business. The writers of The People vs. O.J. Simpson, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, reference the book frequently. Jeopardy champion Ken Jennings has called it “the book 20th century funny business.” Notable comedians who have endorsed thebook include Judd Apatow, Bill Burr, Richard Lewis, Michael McKean, Bob Odenkirk and Andy Richter. The book was blurbed by Mel Brooks, John Hodgman, Marc Maron and Norm MacDonald. Steve Martin has called it “an important document” that he “literally could not put down.” Comedian Anthony Jeselnik is slated to do the audio book for Audible.com.
Nesteroff is currently working as a producer on the The History of Comedy for CNN and the Viceland series The Vice Guide to Comedy, both premiering in 2017.
As a regular on Sirius XM, Nesteroff has appeared on The All Out Show with Rude Jude, Entertainment Weekly Radio, The Kelly Carlin Show, Stand Up with Pete Dominick, Tell Me Everything with John Fugelsang and Frank Conniff. He is also a regular on the podcast circuit having appeared on The Best Show with Tom Scharpling, Fitzdog Radio with Greg Fitzsimmons, The Gist with Mike Pesca, The Dana Gould Hour, and two episodes of Gilbert Gottfried’s Amazing Colossal Podcast.
He is currently in charge of George Carlin's personal archive, curating the collection for the National Comedy Center in Jamestown, New York.