“Funny business” is a phrase meant to be ironic. “Funny business” is not funny…or not funny ha-ha, and funny business hardly runs like a legitimate enterprise. And neither does the business of comedy. In his book, The Comedians, Kliph Nesteroff presents a history of comedy in America told through its often funny comics and the often unfunny people who hire them. There are laughs and characters aplenty, but there are serious questions, too…like when and how to be funny in the days after 9/11.