Funny: The Book: Everything You Thought You Knew About Comedyby David Misch
(Applause Books). Funny: The Book is an entertaining look at the art of comedy, from its historical roots to the latest scientific findings, with diversions into the worlds of movies (Buster Keaton and the Marx Brothers), television ( The Office ), prose (Woody Allen, Robert Benchley), theater ( The Front Page ), jokes and stand-up comedy (Richard Pryor, Steve Martin), as well as personal reminiscences from the author's experiences on such TV programs as Mork and Mindy . With allusions to the not-always-funny Carl Jung, George Orwell, and Arthur Koestler, Funny: The Book explores the evolution, theories, principles, and practice of comedy, as well as the psychological, philosophical, and even theological underpinnings of humor, coming to the conclusion that (Spoiler Alert!) Comedy is God.
- Hal Leonard Corporation
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It's a quick-sketch history of comedy; not a how-to book. Some of it was informative and funny, and Misch paid proper respect to classic moments in comedy, but if you were looking on something to help you write better comedy, this won't be much help. And it's not really enough in-depth to be a good resource. It was okay, but not what I was expecting.
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