What's So Funny?

Humor in American Culture
Author: Nancy A. Walker
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780842026888
Category: History
Page: 284
View: 4022
Presents studies attempting to define and dissect American humor for students and scholars.

Only Joking

What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?
Author: Jimmy Carr,Lucy Greeves
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440627200
Category: Humor
Page: 320
View: 985
Britain’s hottest young comedian presents a seriously funny, up-close look at joking matters—from the social origins of laughter, to the art and craft of humor, to why we can never remember the punch line—featuring over 300 jokes. As the host of the hit game show Distraction (now in its third season on Comedy Central) and one of the premier stand-up acts working today, award-winning comedian Jimmy Carr has won over millions of fans around the world with his trademark rapier wit, laced with "exquisitely economical and perfectly timed one-liners" (The Guardian). For this book he teams up with friend and fellow comedy writer Lucy Greeves to take an in-depth look at where humor comes from and how it works, through exploring its purest form: the joke. Only Joking begins with the mechanism of laughter—how it happens and why even infants do it—then delves into the power of the punch line, exploring the basics of all jokes, from the use of shock and surprise to advanced stand-up techniques such as the "pull-back/reveal." Carr and Greeves go on to explore taboo humor, jokes that bomb, and the psychology of finding something funny. They look into the long-standing connection between politics and humor, and discuss the survival prospects for contentious jokes in the current political climate. Throughout the book they conjure up a supporting cast of colorful joke enthusiasts, from Sigmund Freud to Lenny Bruce, and discuss their influence on the jokes we tell today. Surveying across national, ethnic, and gender divides, this rollicking analysis of why joking will always be close to the human heart is an irresistible exploration of humor that makes clear why we need a good laugh now more than ever.

What's So Funny?

Author: Kevin Sheedy
Publisher: Penguin Group Australia
ISBN: 0143204912
Category: Humor
Page: 288
View: 7560
The perfect Fathers' Day present for a footy fan - a joke book that has the favourite joke of your favourite player! Kevin Sheedy, ex-champion player, four-time premiership coach with the Bombers and now the first coach of the Greater Western Sydney team, has collected Australia's best jokes. Why? Because he believes humour is good for us, and a joke book could help to get people reading. A percentage of the profits from this book will go to the Indigenous Literacy Project. This collection has jokes from AFL players, footy fans and the odd taxi driver.

What's So Funny?

Author: Larry Swartz,Kathy Broad
Publisher: Oakville, Ont. : Rubicon Pub.
ISBN: 9781897096048
Category: Language arts
Page: 48
View: 1485

What's So Funny?

Sketches from My Life
Author: Lotte Goslar
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113440770X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 192
View: 781
First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

What's So Funny About Education?

Author: Lou Fournier
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9780761939344
Category: Education
Page: 108
View: 6824
Using affectionate humor, Fournier delivers both stark and subtle epiphanies alongside enduring truths, offering a deeper social commentary on the present conditions and future directions of American education.

What's So Funny?

The Comic Conception of Culture and Society
Author: Murray S. Davis
Publisher: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 386
View: 3496
Jokes, puns, stories, tales, sketches, and shticks saturate our culture. And today the stuff of comedy is almost inescapable, with all-comedy cable channels and stand-up comics acting as a kind of electronic oracle. We're laughing more often, but "what" are we laughing at? Murray Davis knows. In this inventive book, he uses jokes (good, bad, offensive, and classic) to reveal the truths that comedians deliver. "What's So Funny?" is not about the psychology of humor but about the objects of our laughter the world that comics turn upside down and inside out. It also explores the logic of comedy as a serious, critical assault on just about everything we take for granted. Drawing on a vast array of jokes and the work of dozens of comedians from Jay Leno and Lenny Bruce to Steve Allen and Billy Crystal, Davis reminds us of the extraordinarily subversive power of comedy. When we laugh, we accept the truth of the comic moment: that this is the way life "really" is. The book is in two parts. In the first, Davis explores the cultural conventions that even simple jokes take apart the rules of logic, language, rationality, and meaning. In the second, he looks at the social systems that have been at the root of jokes for centuries: authority figures, power relations, and institutions. Whatever their style, comedians use the tools of the trade ambiguous meanings, missed signals, incongruous characters, unlikely events to violate our expectations about the world. Setting comedy within a rich intellectual tradition from Plato to Freud, Hobbes to Kant, in philosophy as well as sociology Davis makes a convincing case for comedy as a subtle, complex, and articulated theory of culture and society. He reveals the unsuspected ways in which comedy, with its spotlight on the gap between appearance and reality, the ideal and the actual, can be a powerful mode for understanding the world we have made."

What's So Funny About God?

A Theological Look at Humor
Author: Steve Wilkens
Publisher: InterVarsity Press
ISBN: 0830855459
Category: Religion
Page: 200
View: 4188
Jokes often touch on the biggest topics of our existence, but many Christians haven't taken humor seriously. This insightful yet delightful crash course from philosopher Steve Wilkens argues that viewing Scripture and theology through the lens of humor helps us understand the gospel and avoid the pitfalls of both naturalism and gnosticism, while facilitating a humble, honest, and appealing approach to faith.

What's So Funny?

Author: Donald E. Westlake
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0446511781
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
View: 7257
In his classic caper novels, Donald E. Westlake turns the world of crime and criminals upside down. The bad get better, the good slide a bit, and Lord help anyone caught between a thief named John Dortmunder and the current object of his intentions. Now Westlake's seasoned but often scoreless crook must take on an impossible crime, one he doesn't want and doesn't believe in. But a little blackmail goes a long way in... WHAT'S SO FUNNY? All it takes is a few underhanded moves by a tough ex-cop named Eppick to pull Dortmunder into a game he never wanted to play. With no choice, he musters his always-game gang and they set out on a perilous treasure hunt for a long-lost gold and jewel-studded chess set once intended as a birthday gift for the last Romanov czar, which unfortunately reached Russia after that party was over. From the moment Dortmunder reaches for his first pawn, he faces insurmountable odds. The purloined past of this precious set is destined to confound any strategy he finds on the board. Success is not inevitable with John Dortmunder leading the attack, but he's nothing if not persistent, and some gambit or other might just stumble into a winning move.

What's So Funny?

How to Get Humor and Good Story-Telling Into Your Speeches & Presentations
Author: Cherie Kerr
Publisher: ExecuProv Press
ISBN: 9780964888241
Category: Humor
Page: 164
View: 6550

What's So Funny About A Volkswagon?

Author: Hern Valen
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 3794

What's So Funny?

My Hilarious Life
Author: Tim Conway,Jane Scovell
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476726515
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 272
View: 341
Six-time Emmy Award-winning funny man Tim Conway, best known for his roles on The Carol Burnett Show, offers a straight-shooting and hilarious memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian. In the annals of TV history, few entertainers have captured as many hearts, tickled as many funny bones, and brought as many families together in living rooms across America as Tim Conway. In What’s So Funny? he brings his hilarious hijinks from the screen to the page. Conway’s often-improvised humor, razor-sharp timing, and hilarious characters have made him one of the funniest and most authentic performers to grace the stage and studio. As Carol Burnett has said, “there’s no one funnier” than Tim Conway. Now, Conway takes us on a seventy-year, rags-to-riches journey that is touchingly comical and ultimately inspiring, from his pranks in small Ohio classrooms during the Great Depression to his pitch-perfect performances on national TV and in major motion pictures. Along the way, Conway shares hilarious and often moving accounts of the glory days of The Carol Burnett Show; his famous partnerships with entertainment greats like Harvey Korman, Don Knotts, and Dick Van Dyke; and his friendships with stars like Betty White, Bob Newhart, and, of course, Carol Burnett, who also provides an intimate foreword to the book. As Conway continues to tour the country giving live comedy performances that enchant his always eager audiences, What’s So Funny? brings his warmth, humor, and heart to delight and inspire fans everywhere.

What's So Funny About Faith

A Memoir from the Intersection of Hilarious and Holy
Author: Jacob D. Martin
Publisher: Loyola Press
ISBN: 0829437401
Category: Religion
Page: 224
View: 886
Do you ever feel as if your passion for pop culture and faith might be at odds? Do you ever wonder how your desire to be a part of present-day culture and your longing to grow spiritually can be reconciled? Thirty-something Jake Martin, a professional comedian who also just happens to be a Jesuit, believes that contemporary culture and spirituality do go hand in hand and that our faith can grow through the medium of humor and laughter. What’s So Funny about Faith? is Martin’s wry, heartfelt memoir detailing his attempts to successfully navigate a world steeped in irony while staying true to his calling to love and serve God. Martin explores the oftentimes complicated relationship between faith and humor as he examines the contemporary landscape of humor in film, television, and the Internet while communicating timeless truths about the redemptive value of humor. Martin’s humorous anecdotes span his relatively young life—from growing up on the South Side of Chicago to becoming a stand-up comedian to joining the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits). Whether he’s reminiscing about his female-dominated, Irish-Catholic family (he affectionately recalls the howls of laughter when more than one woman would convene) or recollecting his movie-inspired greeting to the Jesuits (“You know how the priests in The Exorcist were Jesuits?”), Martin continually validates not only the role humor played in developing his spiritual life, but the role it can play in developing ours as well.

What's So Funny about Long-Term Care?

Author: Instantpublisher.com
Publisher: Funny about Long-term Care?
ISBN: 1598725270
Page: N.A
View: 811

What's So Funny About Getting Old

Author: Ed Fischer,Jane Thomas Noland
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147674291X
Category: Humor
Page: 128
View: 6658
One bonus of getting older is that it gives us a great perspective on life ...and that includes plenty of humor! This collection of cartoons, quips, quotes, and insights introduces a new comedy genre: elderhumor. It captures the wry hilarity of our real-life sitcoms. Generational vocabulary gaps, miscommunications, preoccupation with health and comforts, foibles, disguises (for aging), even physical limitations -- all can have their funny sides when we're laughing at ourselves. One bonus of getting older is that it gives us a great perspective on life ...and that includes plenty of humor! This collection of cartoons, quips, quotes, and insights introduces a new comedy genre: elderhumor. It captures the wry hilarity of our real-life sitcoms. Generational vocabulary gaps, miscommunications, preoccupation with health and comforts, foibles, disguises (for aging), even physical limitations -- all can have their funny sides when we're laughing at ourselves. This book, a light-hearted gift for anyone who's 50-plus, is a memoryjogger too. Remember the Katzenjammer Kids? Jack Armstrong? Apple Mary? Check out your friends' ages by their responses to a "Vanishing Words" test (examples: "spider," "broomstick skirt," "running board," "the shag"). If you're still calling the refrigerator an "icebox," it's a giveaway -- you're probably over 60. What's So Funny about Getting Old? is brought to you by a comedy team of two. Ed Fischer is an award-winning cartoonist. Jane Thomas Noland, author of Laugh It Off (what's so funny about trying to lose weight?) is a books editor and a former Minneapolis Star Tribune feature writer. Both have delicious ways of looking at life. Both, like all the rest of us, are getting older. Laughter heals. Laughter helps. Laughter keeps us in shape emotionally and physically. Read this book and try it. You'll be convinced, as these authors are, that there's only one way to grow older -- with a healthy sense of humor!

What's So Funny? How to Sharpen Your Sense of Humor

Author: Paul Moran
Publisher: Lulu.com
ISBN: 1430301147
Category: Humor
Page: 104
View: 2127
The author's goal is to help you learn to think funny every day.

What's so funny about ninth grade?

Author: Catherine Clark
Publisher: Troll Communications Llc
ISBN: 9780816723973
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 125
View: 484
Sheila loses her self-confidence as a performer and is afraid to audition for the spring musical after her routine in the school talent show appears to be a failure.

What's So Funny About a Volkswagen?

Author: Herb Valen
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 7324

What's so funny about being Catholic?

an uproarious collection of blasphemous facts, unholy jokes, irreverent folklore, and more
Author: Karen Warner
Publisher: Perennial
ISBN: 9780060950231
Category: Humor
Page: 174
View: 1015
Takes a humorous look at the Catholic Church and its members, priests, and traditions

What's So Funny About... Nursing?

A Creative Approach to Celebrating Your Profession
Author: Karyn Buxman
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780967209081
Category: Medical
Page: 178
View: 1729
Nursing is an amazing-yet demanding-profession. With increasing demands and limited budgets, support isn't always forthcoming for the nurse, which is why humor is so important! Whether it's for yourself, or for your patient, "What's So Funny About... Nursing?" will show you how you can use humor to survive and thrive in your profession-even if you're not funny! This books is a blend of scientific evidence and real-life examples from nurses in the trenches, and will give you the tools you need to get through the toughest of days, help you renew your commitment to providing safe and effective care-and keep you in stitches!