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Comedy by the Numbers: The 169 Secrets of Humor and Popularity Paperback – June 5, 2007
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There's little substance, just jokes, and very few times I really laughed. Reading this from front to back is ill-advised, put it next to the can and read a few pages while you're dropping the kids off at the pool.
BTW, there's a book-on-tape out on this book where popular comedians read out chapters of the book in front of audiences. It's also kinda Zzzz....: [...]
I have two main complaints about the book. First, the writing style has a somewhat uneven and at times slapdash quality, as if the writers were struggling to achieve a certain page count. Second, the overall concept or premise of the book begins to wear thin (and the laughs become fewer and further between) as you get into the last third of it.
I should also that the physical construction of the book is a bit sub-standard. The cover is made of some sort of recycled brown cardstock or heavy paper, with a three-hole punch (perhaps to make it look more like a manual or handbook, or at least that's how they are probably justifying the shoddy materials). To be fair, however, the paper quality inside the book is more than adequate (bright and readable).
Comedy by the Numbers is definitely worth a look if you can find it for a good 25% of more off the list price, but otherwise, you should probably skip it.
2) Armed with this book, unfunny people will finally know how to be funny.
3) That's not really true.
4) This book is very, very funny despite its inability to help unfunny people.
5) Can't wait for a sequel!