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
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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.