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Comedy of Doom Paperback – June 20, 2012
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About the Author
Joseph Scrimshaw is a writer and comedian who was once described by a fan on Twitter as "geek flavored." He's performed at the San Francisco SketchFest, Chicago Improv Festival, Jonathan Coulton's JoCoCruiseCrazy, and more. He's written for RiffTrax, John Kovalic's Dork Storm Press, and the Minnesota Public Radio show Wits. His hit plays Adventures in Mating, The Worst Show in the Fringe, An Inconvenient Squirrel, and My Monster (written with Bill Corbett) have been performed all over the world.
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I was actually a little disappointed to find that this particular skit did not make it into the book. (You owe me a sequel Mr. Scrimshaw!) Or let's say I would be disappointed if the rest was not just as good if not even better. It is very rare that I actually laugh out loud while reading, I usually just smile or maybe chuckle but this book made me laugh so hard I had tears in my eyes. It is pure joy for anybody who likes geekdom and pop culture.
There is a "choose your own adventure"-story in this book that I play with anybody who dares to set a foot into my house, and everybody so far enjoyed it immensely.
Joseph Scrimshaw manages to cover almost every Geek Topic there is from James Bond to Star Wars to Star Trek, Doctor Who, Twilight, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, the Nintendo DS, Batman and many more. It is so much, that he even added an index of covered geek topics. That's what I call dedication!
I have to say, that the book is a little on the short side but that's okay, comedy books usually are.
As I said, I did not even really know who Joseph Scrimshaw was before I bought this book but now he is one of my favourite comedians, that's how funny he is.
Let me close by saying: BUY THIS BOOK! (Seriously you won't regret it - it's got vampire ponies!)
Scrimshaw talks about all faces of geek culture, from liking liking a girl who thinks your Star Trek poster is lame (then years later posts on facebook about how much she likes Star Trek) to buying empty boxes of Star Wars figures.
The book is light and fun with every other chapter being only one paragraph long.
If your still undecided may I remind you that there is a choose your own adventure game as one of the chapters.
I have not seen Mr. Scrimshaw's stand-up comedy routines but I am assured they are toothsome and savory. For now his book performs ably as a stand-up stand-in. You can put it on a stage with a bad light and the smell of old cigarettes and fresh beer and it's like you're there.
The book chapters alternate between longer essays, from his shows, and shorter bits, little slip-on-a-banana-peel gags.
I laughed out loud at "For Your Expense Report Only", but I'm a sucker for tales of bureaucracy behind world saving secret agents. Joe has an obsession with Star Wars, Superheros, the Zombie Apocalypse, Word Porn, and The Muppets, among many other geek topics. Seems reasonable.
The book is meticulously put together by people who understand that books are different than social media. I like that. One can dip in and actually turn the pages; no hyperlinks here. Various bits of information and humor are scattered before and after the essays proper. I like that too.
Written comedy is a different art form than spoken comedy, but Joseph has mud on his boots from both worlds.
However, whilst tittering over one of the many juvenile jokes in the book, I knocked over my glass of beer.
Seriously, this book is excellent. I enjoyed each and every page. Buy this book!