What's So Funny?

Humor in American Culture
Author: Nancy A. Walker
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780842026888
Category: History
Page: 284
View: 4618
Presents studies attempting to define and dissect American humor for students and scholars.

What's So Funny?

The Comic Conception of Culture and Society
Author: Murray S. Davis
Publisher: N.A
Category: Social Science
Page: 386
View: 7566
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."

Only Joking

What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?
Author: Jimmy Carr,Lucy Greeves
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 9781440627200
Category: Humor
Page: 320
View: 8595
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?

My Hilarious Life
Author: Tim Conway,Jane Scovell,Carol Burnett
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1476726507
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Page: 247
View: 6862
The funnyman best known for his characters on "The Carol Burnett Show" offers a memoir about his life on stage and off as an actor and comedian.

Whats So Funny?

Author: Robert Romanoli
Publisher: N.A
ISBN: 9780448134802
Category: Wit and humor, Juvenile
Page: 64
View: 9467
An illustrated collection of jokes, riddles, tongue twisters, and funny stories.

What's So Funny About Education?

Author: Lou Fournier
Publisher: Corwin Press
ISBN: 9780761939344
Category: Education
Page: 108
View: 4397
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?

Sketches from My Life
Author: Lotte Goslar
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 113440770X
Category: Performing Arts
Page: 192
View: 6417
First Published in 1998. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

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: 5472

What's So Funny?

Author: Donald E. Westlake
Publisher: Hachette UK
ISBN: 0446511781
Category: Fiction
Page: 416
View: 8739
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?

Author: Kevin Sheedy
Publisher: Penguin UK
ISBN: 0857964410
Category: Humor
Page: 288
View: 771
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 premiershipcoach 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. Apercentage of the profits from this book will go to the Indigenous Literacy Project. Thiscollectionhas jokes from AFL players, footy fans and the odd taxi driver.

What's So Funny?

Making Sense of Humor
Author: Donna Jackson
Publisher: Penguin
ISBN: 1101664843
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
Page: 64
View: 5649
Everyone loves to laugh, and to hear and see funny things-but what makes something funny in the first place? What is humor? This book explains why our brains think something is funny, what happens to us physically when we laugh, why you can tickle your friend but not yourself, and so much more. Plenty of jokes and silly anecdotes are included, and hilarious line drawings appear on almost every page.

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: 2787
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: 3789

What's So Funny About Getting Old

Author: Ed Fischer,Jane Thomas Noland
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 147674291X
Category: Humor
Page: 128
View: 2984
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: 7166
The author's goal is to help you learn to think funny every day.

Humor in the Advertising Business

Theory, Practice, and Wit
Author: Fred K. Beard
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
ISBN: 9780742554269
Category: Business & Economics
Page: 205
View: 3693
Beard's Humor in the Advertising Business offers a concise yet thorough exploration of how advertising humor works. As one of advertising's most frequently used tactics, humor is an admittedly complicated topic. Supported with dozens of the world's funniest ads, insights from creative strategists and artists, and decades of research, Humor in the Advertising Business surveys the whimsical side of modern advertising. Great as a supplemental text in Advertising Principles, Copywriting, and Advertising Strategy courses.

What's So Funny About a Volkswagen?

Author: Herb Valen
Publisher: N.A
Page: N.A
View: 494

What's so funny about ninth grade?

Author: Catherine Clark
Publisher: Troll Communications Llc
ISBN: 9780816723973
Category: Juvenile Fiction
Page: 125
View: 6123
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.

Molière on Stage

What's So Funny?
Author: Robert Goldsby
Publisher: Anthem Press
ISBN: 0857284428
Category: Literary Criticism
Page: 202
View: 8596
‘Molière on Stage’ takes the reader onstage, backstage and into the audience of Molière’s plays, analyzing the performance of his works in both his own time and in ours. Written by a professional stage director with over fifty years’ experience directing and translating Molière, this text explores how the playwright strove to create a communal experience of shared laughter, and investigates four key topics relating to this achievement: Molière’s early experiences that lead to his later theater experiences; his central great plays of love and lust; his comedic genius and his passion for the stage; and the final words and performances of his life.