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What Are You Laughing At?: A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event Paperback – July 5, 2012
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Luckily, as I pushed on, I realised that Dan O'Shannon's book isn't about to ruin anyone's appreciation of comedy, instead it explains the variables that come into play when something makes us laugh. You may have wondered, for example, Why is something funny to you, but not to me? Why does the same person give a hearty applause to a joke in a stage play, but roll their eyes at the same joke in a TV sitcom? Why did Bob, who's a real hoot in work, bomb when he went to an open-mic night?
All these questions, and many more, are clearly and thoroughly answered in this book.
Additionally, through explaining the above, O'Shannon creates a sort of "Grand Unified Theory of Comedy". Rather than just focus on what makes a joke funny (the most obvious go-to place for someone to begin) the author presents what he calls the "comedic event", something which takes into account your state of mind, your prejudices, your preferences, etc. After all, we find humour everywhere in life, not just when we turn on the TV or when someone tells us a joke, plus everyone has a different sense of humour. All of these things need to be accounted for if one is to truly present an explanation of what causes us to laugh.
O'Shannon's holistic view of things allows him to present insights that are completely self-evident once they've been explained. So solid is the author's appreciation, and so analytical is his approach, that you'll wonder how anyone has ever thought differently about the subject.Read more ›
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This book provides a pretty decent model in how humor works. It goes without saying but if you're serious about understanding how humor works don't rely on this book alone. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Mar
When I was was in professional sports I took a lesson from a current world leader and the best thing I got out of it besides some important fundamentals was the fact that he... Read morePublished on March 27, 2014 by Jeffery Betts
This book opened up my eyes to comedic elements that the pros use. My writing has improved immensely. I can now properly analyse and construct professional comedic routines.Published on December 23, 2012 by Amazon Customer