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Funny: The Book - Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Comedy Paperback – April 1, 2012
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His first screenwriting job was "Mork and Mindy", which was nominated for two Emmy awards. He also co-wrote "Leave It To Dave", the pilot for David Letterman's first talk-show.
He has since written, created and/or produced programs for NBC, CBS, ABC, Fox, UPN, HBO, Showtime, PBS, ABC Family, Disney, Universal and Lifetime. Among his credits: he co-wrote and directed an episode of the syndicated series "Monsters" which was chosen for competition at the Banff International Television Festival; Executive Producer of "Duckman" (USA), nominated for multiple Emmys, winner of the CableACE and Banff awards for "Best Animated Series"; Executive Story Editor on the legendary Zucker-Abrahams-Zucker series "Police Squad!"; co-writer and producer of "Callahan", a pilot later screened at the Los Angeles Museum of Art Television Festival; guest writer on "Saturday Night Live".
David was Executive Consultant on "She Spies" (chosen as one of "5 TV Spies To Love" by Time Magazine) and wrote the TV movie "Behind The Camera: The Unauthorized Story of 'Mork and Mindy'" for NBC. He has sold six screenplays and was Special Consultant on THE MUPPETS TAKE MANHATTAN (Tri-Star). His prose has been published on the net at NationalLampoon.com, collected in "May Contain Nuts" (Harper-perennial) and he blogs for The Huffington Post (huffingtonpost.com/david-misch).
David wrote "Funny: The Book / Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Comedy" (Applause/Hal Leonard; funnythebook.com). His play "Occupied" is scheduled to be produced later this year at the Skylight Theater in Los Angeles. He has taught musical satire at UCLA, comedy at USC, and lectured at Columbia University, 92YTribeca, the American Film Institute, the California Women's Conference, and the Chicago Public Library. More at davidmisch.com and funnythebook.com
Top Customer Reviews
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 pantheon of comedy greats--is an invaluable contribution to the field. Honestly, I don't know a more literate and hysterically funny resource on the topic.
Misch begins his comic sojourn with an overview of the mythic Trickster throughout history, expertly demonstrating how humor has developed in time through the varied cultural connections with that figure and its expressions. It's a kind of Campbellian Hero Journey from the perspective of "Ha," which is appropriately included in the chapter title. Misch returns to the history of Ha repeatedly in his book, chronicling its mirthful twists and turns in culture and philosophy. But for those who anticipate reading such chapters while drooling in a classroom as Ben Stein intones mind-numbing history, fear not. "Ha" is both a subject and a response while reading.
Funny: The Book also covers pretty much every field of comedy, centering rightly on the great comic progenitors whose work established the basis from which comedy has evolved (or devolved, as many would argue).Read more ›
My first impulse was to give the book less stars, maybe 1 or 2, but I'm giving it 3 because the book (hopefully) will inspire younger people, (or older people who haven't been exposed to the folks discussed in the book) to go out and watch those films. It's not a "bad" book, it's just that it could have been 1/4 as long and covered just as much.
I highly recommend this enjoyable romp about comedy to anyone that might have a funny bone or may have forgotten where it was. Educational? But, of course. And I even went to see the New 3 Stooges movie after I read Misch's book. And it was funny, still is and probably always will be. Do I know why? Hmmmmmm, not sure. I'm by comedy as I am by art. If I like it and it makes me happy then it has accomplished the goal. David Misch's book "Funny: The Book" would be a welcome addition on anyone's bookshelf, be it wooden or digital.
Run, don't walk (or just click "Add to Cart") and obtain this book. You will NOT regret it.
Just read it. You'll see.
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This was an analysis of humor and it gave a list of videos to look up. It was so good that I did look up several of the movies he told me to. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Jim
Product was exactly what I'd ordered and came on time. Excellent transaction.Published 17 months ago by Molochhamovis
Happy with the prompt eservice! Very pleased with my kindle purchase! Good enough to share with a friend, if I buy a hard copy!Published 21 months ago by Judy Comer
I was lucky enough to discover David Misch and his book on a whim when attending David's comedy lecture at the public library in South Pasadena. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Diane Haithman, author Dark Lady of Hollywood
A different book but thoughtful, well written and it made you think. If you are a biped you should read this.Published 23 months ago by airdawg
Warning: get a wrist strap for your Kindle. That way, you won't drop it down a storm drain, crack it on the sidewalk, or let it fall into the artichoke dip when you crack up at a... Read morePublished on February 3, 2014 by Ron West
I did not enjoy this at all and could not even read it! Big disappointment. It appeared to be just lists...Published on January 16, 2014 by maui
This book was not particularly humorous and had a lot of information that wasn't that interesting. I managed to read the whole book, but I can't say I really enjoyed it.Published on January 15, 2014 by Lorraine S. West
I really don't feel like reviewing in words so I have to add more words but don't feel like it.Published on January 4, 2014 by Bo