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Humor book fascinating and funny


There was once a Golden Age of Comedy in this country. No, this is not it. For anyone interested in great comedy, you should read a great book on comedy, and that’s David Misch’s Funny: The Book—Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy (not to be confused with Funny: The Movie or Funny: the Algebra Equation, neither of which exist).

Misch’s writing is fall-off-your-chair funny, and I’m surprised it doesn’t come with a warning to read it only on a futon. But it’s more: any book that can reference flatulence and Kierkegaard in almost the same breath while providing real scholarly background and a cogent analysis of why humans laugh—along with an Andrew Sarris-like p...

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