The Official Book of Mob Humor

The Official Book of Mob Humor

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THE OFFICIAL BOOK OF MOB HUMOR by Malcolm Kushner and Foreword by Henry Hill, Former Lucchese crime family associate immortalized in the movie GoodfellasTHIS IS MUCH MORE THAN A JOKE BOOK: Whether it's the Mafia, Russian Mob, Mexican Mob, or Yakuza, organized criminals have one thing in common; they are no laughing matter- until now. The Official Book of Mob

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THE OFFICIAL BOOK OF MOB HUMOR by Malcolm Kushner and Foreword by Henry Hill, Former Lucchese crime family associate immortalized in the movie GoodfellasTHIS IS MUCH MORE THAN A JOKE BOOK: Whether it's the Mafia, Russian Mob, Mexican Mob, or Yakuza, organized criminals have one thing in common; they are no laughing matter- until now. The Official Book of Mob Humor is the first time all their wit, gaffes, and goof-ups have been organized into one place. Forget about Omerta. You will be squealing- with laughter. Extensively researched, this book is packed with hilarious, hard-to-believe-but-true stories of mobster activity around the world, jokes, puns, mob proverbs, mob pick-up lines, original New-Yorker-style cartoons, plus much more including: Over 90 actual newspaper headlines making fun of mobsters Over 200 titles of mob-related comedy films from 1930 - 2011 with plot summaries and stars Over 100 funny quotes from mob movies, mobsters,and comedians

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Editorial Reviews

Market Watch, The Wall Street Journal - Al Lewis
Mobster joke book leaves ’em dying laughing
At least one joke highlights a fundamental flaw that this book struggles to overcome: “What’s the problem with mobster jokes? Mobsters don’t think they’re funny, and everyone else thinks they’re not jokes.”
A few one-liners...
“How many mobsters does it take to throw a man down the stairs? None. He fell.”
“How come a mobster’s eyes water on a first date? Mace."
Seattle PI - Greg Barbrick
With a title like The Official Book of Mob Humor, how could a guy resist?
...is filled with classic dead-pan moments...
One of the funnier chapters is "Headline Hits," which shows how the New York papers vie to come up with the best Mob-pun headlines. A couple of examples are "Yule Be Sorry, Rat Squeals on Gotti Over $50 X-Mas Gift," and "Meat Shop Mob Guy Will Never Loin. Kushner even reproduces the little two or three paragraph articles that these witticisms were created for.
Santa Cruz Sentinel - Tim Simmers
The book is well researched, and also contains 100 actual newspaper headlines poking fun at mobsters. For example: In 1998, the New York Daily News carried the headline: "Mobster to Get Slice of Prison Life'' over the story of a wise guy who started a pizzeria so he could sell heroin with slices.
There's also a section on mob women, including some Q&A jokes, including one that goes like this: Q - What do you say to a mob thug with a good-looking girl on his arm? A - Nice tattoo.
Barnes and Noble 5-star review & Word Press - Richard Blake
Kushner's humor is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone of every law-abiding citizen, officer of the law, as well as the families and associates of Mafia members from every ethnic group.
I especially enjoyed the creative messages and imagination in the cartoon illustrations drawn by Kenny Durkins. Another of the features that kept me laughing was the chapter "Headline Hits" made up of humor found in actual newspaper headlines.
Amazon 5-star review - Isabel Somebody
WITTY
This book made me laugh out loud! I bought 4 copies and gave them out to my friends. A good read.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781934759516
Publisher:
Reed, Robert D. Publishers
Publication date:
02/01/2012
Pages:
192
Sales rank:
707,655
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)

Meet the Author

Kushner, America' Favorite Humor Consultant, is an internationally acclaimed expert on humor and communication. Author of several books, co- creator of a humor exhibit that appeared at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library, popular keynote speaker at corporate and association meetings, he's been profiled in Time, USA Today, NY Times, Washington Post; appeared on CNN, C-SPAN, Larry King, much more.

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Award winning author Malcolm Kushner, often recognized as “America’s Favorite Humor Consultant,” adds a new title to his repertoire of published collections of quips, quotes, jokes, and anecdotes. “The Official Book of Mob Humor” is packed with wit, wisdom, and headlines featuring quirks, oddities, and idiosyncrasies, of the mob. Kushner’s humor is guaranteed to tickle the funny bone every law abiding citizen, officer of the law, as well as the families and associates of Mafia members from every ethnic group. I especially enjoyed the creative message and imagination in the cartoon illustrations drawn by Kenny Durkins. Another of the featured that kept me laughing was the chapter “Headline Hits” made up of humor found in actual newspaper headlines. “The Interrogation Room” contains Mob Q & A, featuring hilarious one line riddle like questions with funny quip answers from “downright corny” to “brilliantly clever.” For movie fans Kushner includes a comprehensive list of “mob related comedies” with wild hilarious plots involving mobsters, racketeers, and criminals from every imaginable diversity. He also includes memorable quotes from these movies. In a day when the experts are touting “laughing” as a way for finding health and happiness, and doctors are prescribing “laughter” as a stress reliever, Malcolm Kushner’s humor is destined to establish this book as “The Official Book of Mob Humor.” Decidedly entertaining. Highly recommended. A complimentary copy of this book was provided for review purposes. The opinions expressed are my own.