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I Found This Funny: My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny At All Paperback – November 29, 2011


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  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's; First Trade Paper Edition edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936365243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936365241
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #116,380 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"This slick volume is full of compulsively readable and downright perverted nuggets."
Time Out Chicago

"[A] hilarious treat."
Los Angeles Times

"A deeply thoughtful compendium of literary pieces.… Leave it to the folks at McSweeney's to tap Apatow's Updike-ian erudition. It speaks remarkably well of him that he esteems the delicate humor of such intricately crafted pieces as Raymond Carver's 'Elephant' and Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Country People.' It speaks even better of him that the profits from his book — which mixes these subtle humor pieces with more flat-out funny stuff from Philip Roth, David Sedaris, Steve Martin, Nora Ephron and Jonathan Ames, among many others — go to 826 National, the organization committed to promoting creative writing among students age 6 to 18."
—John McAlley, NPR
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Michael P. McCullough on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In an "Editor's Note" in the introduction Judd Apatow (he's the editor, right?) states that he doesn't want to start a debate about the definition of funny. Well - too late! This book creates, and is to an extent, that debate.

Perhaps it is funny that some of the material isn't funny at all. But most of it is. Some of the selections like the Jonathan Ames piece and the Ian Frazier piece are laugh out loud in bed at night funny. Others like the Flannery O'Connor and the Tobias Wolff stories are not humorous, per se, but are odd, bizarre, and mind blowing in a way that transcends laughter. And because this is a collection of thirty-eight unrelated pieces any individual piece that did not grab my attention at once was skipped (sorry).

All in all I had high expectations for this book and they were exceeded - this is a book I looked forward to reading each night. I have enjoyed Judd Apatow's films and I enjoyed this book - his take on literature seen through the eyes of a creative person with (he admits) a short attention span.

A request to the editors at McSweeney's Books - consider future volumes of *I Found This Funny* with various interesting people as editors. I'd love to read more like this.

Note to Amazon - The book is 480 pages, not 224 pages.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Anne Clark on October 26, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Even if this book weren't produced for an incredibly good cause (826 Writing Centers for children), this book would be well worth your time and money. Apatow picks an eclectic and captivating mix of all kinds of writing...from canonical authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Alice Munro to less canonical selections from Conan O'Brien and the wonderful poet Tony Hoagland. The subtitle of the book is "My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny At All." It's true that many of the pieces are dark (the James Agee piece in particular), but the book provides a fascinating reflection of one the funniest writers and directors working today. Check it out and support a great cause!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on February 20, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I FOUND THIS FUNNY: MY FAVORITE PIECES OF HUMOR AND SOME THAT MAY NOT BE FUNNY AT ALL is a 'must' for any humor collection. Nearly five hundred pages of top writing by nearly fifty of the editor's favorite authors range from pieces by Raymond Carver and James Agee to Steve Martin and Philip Roth. Readers looking for a superior collection of comedy will find this a top pick.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Meggie on December 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Love short story books, this one included. I wouldn't expect anything less from Judd Apatow and friends. Some are funny, some are disconcerting, others kind of confusing, but it's overall very entertaining. My favorite was the story describing the rise and fall of "Freaks and Geeks". Great book to pick up now and then. Definitely recommended to anyone with a varying sense of humor.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By HappyHippieMommy on January 11, 2011
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I bought this book for my husband for a Christmas gift and he enjoyed it so much he forced me to read it as well, we both LOVED it!!! I highly reccomend it!
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Apatow, the comedy zen master, has collected a range of writing that is at times funny and at other times absurd. Little-known-gems such as Conan O'Bien's "Lookwell" television show pilot (which is a must read for any Adam West fan) sit alongside popular SNL favorites like Adam Sandler's "Canteen Boy and Scoutmaster." Peppered among the pages are classics from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Amy Bloom, Nora Ephron, and Paul Feig for those looking for some "older" works of comedy.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Youbetcha on April 12, 2013
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There are quite a few funny selections, but almost as many more that aren't funny. So often I would get half way through a selection, thinking there's nothing funny yet, it must be about to get funny. Three-quarters of the way through, still not smiling, I would think well there must be a really good punchline. Finished: no punchline, no redeeming value. Maybe Apatow thinks it funny that people would buy a book just because Judd Apatow says it's funny. I guess a sense of humor in film does not necessarily translate to a sense of humor in literature.
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