Rich, an author and Saturday Night Live writer, delivers a punch-and-jab gigglefest in his follow-up to the similarly chaotic Ant Farm. A slim book of short takes, Rich doesn't stray far from his formula-many of these pieces would work as mercifully brief (and funny) SNL skits-but it's a formula that delivers a laugh on every page. Split into thematic sections-Growing Up, Going to Work, Daily Life, Relationships, Animals and God-Rich's twisted observations are often dark, especially in the Growing Up portion; "terrifying childhood experiences" include "peek-a-boo," and the people hiding in 7-year-old Rich's closet (Freddy Krueger, Chucky, a murderer, his dead uncle, and his doctor) pine, "Man, I cannot wait to kill this kid." Rich offers this brand of humor in a wide range of flavors, going, for instance, directly from Pheidippides of 490 B.C. to an "All-you-can-eat buffet fantasy" in the Daily Life portion. Still, there isn't much here that's not laugh-out-loud funny, perfect for rainy-day/toilet-top browsing or one long, painful guffawathon.
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“A punch-and-jab gigglefest . . . that delivers a laugh on every page.”—Publishers Weekly
“Simon Rich is still the freshest, funniest new writer today.”—Chicago Sun-Times
My 8 year old wrote a book the other day. I loved it (so much drama in the angry birds universe. Who knew). Read morePublished 4 months ago by crperkins
Entertaining,witty,odd funny. A short ,funny,irreverent look at subjects everyone but the author couldn't be bothered with musing over, and yet we laugh and join in.Published 8 months ago by Kindle Customer
A fantastic book of short stories that brought me endless smiles and laughter.Published 13 months ago by Will Beeler
Bought this after reading and enjoying Rich's Ant Farm. Hilariously funny one to three page musings about imagined conversations between free range chickens, people observing a... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Gary Messerli