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Product Details

  • Paperback: 282 pages
  • Publisher: 2 Moon Press LLC (February 20, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1939238048
  • ISBN-13: 978-1939238047
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,864,488 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Did you hear the one about the joke book that was actually funny? Happy Endings is a book of jokes collected over the years by Gerald Downey. Written in short story form, this enjoyable paperback will leave readers snickering and giggling. Downey, an advertising creative director, has gathered an array of jokes on many different subjects, including marriage, golf, religion, gender, age, and the Irish. The joke titles, which are all listed in the four-and-a-half-page table of contents, feature names such as “Three Elderly Sisters,” “World’s Fastest Goat,” and “Mafia Bookkeeper.” The collection is definitely not intended for children, as many of the jokes have adult themes; even sensitive older readers may find some of the subject matter questionable. Downey has succeeded in writing with good comedic timing, giving enough opportunity for jokes to build, a feat in humorous writing. When telling a joke, the speaker pauses — something a writer cannot do, so relevant words or dialogue must act as a written pause. To accomplish this, the writer must add a sentence or two that makes sense within the joke, but that the joke does not depend on, taking the place of the spoken pause and giving time for the joke to build. Downey does this. A storyteller at heart, Downey sets a scene in his jokes, creating a short story with a beginning, middle, and end. The bright yellow cover, featuring a smiley face and the title in bold, black font, lends itself wonderfully to this type of book. Downey could have lumped the golf stories together, the Irish stories together, and so forth, but he didn’t. The collection is organized as one funny story after another, and it works better that way. A joke book for adults, Happy Endings is a humorous collection of stories and anecdotes that will tickle the funny bone and delight the reader. Beth VanHouten ForeWord Clarion Reviews --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

About the Author

Jerry Downey is a veteran advertising Creative Director who has written and produced well over a thousand TV and radio commercials, videos for auto shows and promotional tours, and hundreds of print ads. In addition, Downey spent more than a decade in broadcasting and motion picture publicity. Jerry and his wife live in Farmington Hills, a suburb of Detroit, Michigan.

More About the Author

Jerry Downey is a veteran advertising Creative Director who has written and produced well over a thousand TV and radio commercials, videos for auto shows and promotional tours, and hundreds of print ads. In addition, Downey spent more than a decade in broadcasting and motion picture publicity.

For more than 10 years, Downey casually collected bits and pieces of jokes and funny stories sent to him by friends, or told to him as he stumbled through life writing commercials for KFC, Jet's Pizza, and other clients. He saved the best material in files appropriately marked "Funny Stuff". When he decided to create HAPPY ENDINGS, he took what he considered to be the best of these funny bits and turned them into little stories, each of which should take no more than a minute to read, and each of which has one thing in common: an ending that will make you smile. A Happy Ending!

Jerry and his wife, Ellen, live in the Detroit suburb of Farmington Hills, Michigan. They have a daughter, Kelly, and a son, Kevin. The only thing close to a pet for the Downeys is a scruffy raccoon they call "Hunchie" (because of how he walks), and a hungry ground hog named "Munchie" (because he eats Ellen's flowers). Some day, Downey may decide to write a story about them. Stay tuned.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Edward Kopacz on April 11, 2013
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This is a brilliant, light-reading, smile-a-minute book.
If you like humor, this is an archive of wonderfully humorous
chronicles of comedy.
Five Stars!---or at least, two thumbs up!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Albert M.Colman on August 10, 2013
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Although I know the author it does not affect the appraisal of this book by my wife and me, . namely we think it's a winner. Congratulations Gerry.....Al and Harriet Colman
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By beachgirl22 on August 17, 2013
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These are laugh-out-loud funny stories. Most I'd never heard before - some were oldies that have been around a while. Each one is about two pages long - so this is a quick read. This was free when I bought it and now I see it's $5.99. I would have given it 5 stars if it was still free. Not sure it's worth the money for an hour of laughs.
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