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Product Details

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Mariner Books; Reprint edition (February 4, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395572266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395572269
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,504 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Isaac Asimov (1920-1992) was one of the most prolific writers of the twentieth century. The author of more than four hundred books, he taught at the Boston University School of Medicine.

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I enjoy it whenever I need a break - keep it at work.
Catspec
Isaac Asimov was a very talented man, capable of writing well about anything.
Charles Ashbacher
This stuff wasn't funny when the vaudeville hacks were doing it.
Mark Hatmaker(mhatmake@conc.tdsnet.com)

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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Charles Ashbacher HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on December 21, 2001
Format: Paperback
In an age where humor is often laced with profanity or based on the ridicule of others, it is very pleasant to find a collection that is largely clean and often cerebral. This book contains a recollection of Isaac Asimov's favorite jokes along with instructions on how to deliver them. While Asimov is well-known as a prolific author, he was also a very funny man, possessing a sense of comedic timing that helped him earn hefty fees as a speaker.
While the jokes are good, it is clear that many of them would have to be delivered in the right manner to be funny. As you read Asimov's commentary, it is not difficult to imagine someone telling the story to maximum effect. Therefore, the book could also be used as a source for material as well as a primer on how to deliver an ice-breaking joke at the start of a public speech.
Isaac Asimov was a very talented man, capable of writing well about anything. His sense of humor was highly developed, something that is obvious from this book. I enjoyed it immensely and have occasionally used some of the jokes in my classes
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 15, 1998
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I found this book when I was on a business trip and needed some entertainment in the evening. Most of the jokes and anecdotes lead to a good chuckle and some are hilarious. What appeals to me most about this book is the commentary that Asimov supplies in the way of background to each piece of humor.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By xchar@worldnet.att.net on December 24, 1997
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The ONLY humor compilation I've ever seen in which I laughed at almost all of the jokes. Asimov's commentaries are equally entertaining. Much better than the sequel, "Asimov Laughs Again."
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Charles Peterka on June 26, 2002
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This not only shows you the great jokes of all time,
but also HOW to tell the jokes, with examples and samples.
Isaac Asimov does it again.
For everyone who loves telling jokes, this is THE book to get.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Catspec on June 10, 2002
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I have an older edition of this book...it is priceless. I enjoy it whenever I need a break - keep it at work. We all need humor, and Asimov had the kind of quirky sense of humor that enriches our lives....get this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Yasmineh on July 12, 2010
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Fantastic book. As a compilation of jokes, it's not necessarily the funniest (although all these sorts of things tend to be hit-and-miss) but that may also be because I tend to read a lot of humour and have seen some of these before. On the other hand, the strengths of this book are not necessarily in the humour alone, but in a couple of unique aspects you won't find elsewhere. Namely, the jokes are all clean - the level of profanity is extremely minimal, which is a rare thing indeed. Despite this the humour level is maintained. The other unique aspect is that Asimov provides an analysis of jokes and joke-telling that is again rare to find in any other publication. Both of these take the book from being merely funny to being an invaluable resource for the humour connoisseur.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Wooldridge on December 13, 2010
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This is an unusual book. Like much of Isaac Asimov's written material, it is not obvious what you are getting into until a little ways into the book. It can be appreciated on many levels depending on what the reader wants to get out of it. At the surface level this is a book full of very funny jokes which are, for the most part, relatively clean and free of meanness. At another level this is a book on how to tell jokes. A lesser writer would kill the humor of the jokes with all the how-to manual stuff, but Asimov is a genius who makes it entertaining. At yet another level this is a book of literary snapshots into the life of the late great Isaac Asimov.

You can get as much or as little out of this book as you want. I read it about two years ago and don't remember a single joke. Nor did it turn me into an any less abysmal joke teller; but that isn't what I was trying to get out of it. I was only looking for several hours of light reading with some laughs thrown in, and that is exactly what I got. Anyone looking to dig deeper into the book can learn how to be the life of any party. And if you so desire, you can even approach this book from an academic (or armchair academic) perspective and learn about the philosophy of humor itself.

What is humor? Why are things funny? If you want to know you can start your investigation into those questions with this book. Or if you just want some good laughs that aren't dumbed down for the sitcom crowd, you will find those here too.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 30, 2001
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While not for everyone, for those who truly enjoy Asimov, this book is a must. Some of the jokes are laugh out loud funny, some will make you smile and some will make you read the explanation over and over again trying to figure them out. Of course, the explanations ARE the best part of the book. They provide more insights into the man and his times and are a joy to read. I also recommend I. Asimov - A Memoir and Yours, Isaac Asimov.
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