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The Big Book of New American Humor: The Best Humor of the Past
The Big Book of New American Humor The Best Humor of the Past
Author: William Novak (Editor), Moshe Waldoks (Editor)
ISBN-13: 9780060965518
ISBN-10: 0060965517
Publication Date: 10/1990
Pages: 339
Edition: 1st ed
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Publisher: Harper & Row Pub
Book Type: Paperback
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This one is a 'fun for all ages' title, and selections run from one-liners to long anecdotes. There are some really good cartoons; Cathy, The Far Side, Doonsbury...
The collection would provide ice-breakers for anyone's conversation or for public speakers at just about any function! Good fun!
Contributors include Woody Allen, Russell Baker, Dave Barry, Linda Barry, Sandra Bernhard, Bob & Ray, Mel Brooks, Calvin & Hobbes, George Carlin, Billy Crystal, Rodney Dangerfield, Doonesbury, Elephant jokes (Groan...), The Far Side, Rich Hall, Garrison Keillor, B. Kliban, Fran Lebowitz, Tom Lehrer, Lightbulb Jokes(a whole page!), Mad Magazine, National Lampoon, Miss Piggy, Philip Roth, Saturday Night Live, Jerry Seinfeld, Neil Simon, Taxi, Lily Tomlin, Gahan Wilson, Steven Wright, and lots more!
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More than 300 pages of outrageous parodies, cartoons, stand-up jokes and excerpts from books, movies and television scripts attest to the variety and vitality of American wit. Woody Allen explores psychic phenomena; Dave Barry assesses major nonhumorous events in American history; and George Carlin examines the complexities of owning "stuff." Here too is David Lloyd's Mary Tyler Moore Show episode, "Chuckles Bites the Dust," wherein a clown's death is a scream, as well as "Marred Bliss," the Dink and Jane story in which Mark O'Donnell raises the malapropism to an art form. Martin Mull and Allen Rucker offer a questionnaire for readers who wonder "Am I White?" Sprinkled among the longer pieces are the work of cartoonists, including Gary Larson, George Booth and Gahan Wilson; material from comedians such as Jonathan Katz and "love goddess" Judy Tenuta; and anonymous, everyday humor such as light bulb jokes and licentious limericks. Michael O'Donoghue's "How to Write Good" offers hot tips anyone can begin using immediately; we'd explain further, but suddenly we are "run over by a truck." The editors collaborated on The Big Book of Jewish Humor.