Only Joking: What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?

Only Joking: What's So Funny About Making People Laugh?

Jimmy Carr

Britain’s most well liked younger comic provides a heavily humorous, up-close examine joking matters—from the social origins of laughter, to the artwork and craft of humor, to why we will by no means bear in mind the punch line—featuring over three hundred jokes.

because the host of the hit video game convey Distraction (now in its 3rd season on Comedy significant) and one of many most excellent stand-up acts operating at the present time, award-winning comic Jimmy Carr has gained over hundreds of thousands of fanatics worldwide along with his trademark rapier wit, laced with "exquisitely least expensive and completely timed one-liners" (The Guardian). For this publication he groups up with buddy and fellow comedy author Lucy Greeves to take an in-depth examine the place humor comes from and the way it really works, via exploring its purest shape: the funny story.

Only Joking starts with the mechanism of laughter—how it occurs and why even babies do it—then delves into the facility of the punch line, exploring the fundamentals of all jokes, from the use of concern and shock to complicated stand-up ideas resembling the "pull-back/reveal." Carr and Greeves cross directly to discover taboo humor, jokes that bomb, and the psychology of discovering whatever humorous. they appear into the long-standing connection among politics and humor, and speak about the survival customers for contentious jokes within the present political weather. during the ebook they conjure up a assisting solid of colourful comic story lovers, from Sigmund Freud to Lenny Bruce, and talk about their impact at the jokes we inform this day. Surveying throughout nationwide, ethnic, and gender divides, this rollicking research of why joking will continually be just about the human center is an impossible to resist exploration of humor that makes transparent why we'd like a superb snort now greater than ever.

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