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The Complete Idiot's Guide to Jokes Paperback – September 5, 2006

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Larry Getlen is a veteran journalist, author, stand-up comedian, actor, and comedy writer. He has appeared on Chappelle’s Show, Saturday Night Live, and Britain’s Channel 5, and written for Comedy Central, AMC, and the world-famous Apollo Theater. As a journalist, he has written for Esquire, Variety, Salon, Nerve.com, and New York Post, and has interviewed many of the world’s greatest comedians.

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Product Details

  • Series: The Complete Idiot's Guide
  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Alpha (September 5, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1592575382
  • ISBN-13: 978-1592575381
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,216,002 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Nick Manning on January 29, 2007
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The great thing about this book is that its jokes are modern, not your usual 1000 joke compendium fillers. There are no "why did the chicken cross the road" or "what's black, white and red all over" groaners, instead most are quotes from top, recent comedians (Jerry Seinfeld, David Letterman, Jeff Foxworthy etc).

Reading the official blurb on the book, I expected this book to not only have jokes, but also teach me how to tell them better. This area did dissapoint a little. The book does have random comments and tips from experts on how to tell better jokes, but most of the 'teachings' are just common sense - eg. don't tell a joke if you don't remember the punch line, & don't laugh at your own jokes harder than other people do.

Buy the book if you want a laugh or something witty to throw into everyday conversation. Don't buy it to learn the art of the standup commedian.

All in all, a great joke book for it's price.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Alan Sosnowitz on June 18, 2007
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Great guide to the do's and don'ts of telling jokes. Referance to thousands of jokes by catagory.
Alan
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jenny Kingsland on September 18, 2006
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This book is fun for people who like a good laugh, as well as those interested in the inner workings of what's funny. This book doubles as a bathroom reader and a hilarious guide book.
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