Enter your mobile number below and we'll send you a link to download the free Kindle App. Then you can start reading Kindle books on your smartphone, tablet, or computer - no Kindle device required.
Getting the download link through email is temporarily not available. Please check back later.

  • Apple
  • Android
  • Windows Phone
  • Android

To get the free app, enter your mobile phone number.

Buy Used
$6.99
FREE Shipping on orders over $25.
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Minor shelf wear. Clean text.
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Flip to back Flip to front
Listen Playing... Paused   You're listening to a sample of the Audible audio edition.
Learn more
See all 3 images

I Found This Funny: My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny At All Paperback – November 29, 2011

3.8 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews

See all 4 formats and editions Hide other formats and editions
Price
New from Used from
Paperback
"Please retry"
$45.94 $2.84

Best Books of the Month
See the Best Books of the Month
Want to know our Editors' picks for the best books of the month? Browse Best Books of the Month, featuring our favorite new books in more than a dozen categories.
click to open popover

Editorial Reviews

Review

"This slick volume is full of compulsively readable and downright perverted nuggets."
Time Out Chicago

"[A] hilarious treat."
Los Angeles Times

"A deeply thoughtful compendium of literary pieces.… Leave it to the folks at McSweeney's to tap Apatow's Updike-ian erudition. It speaks remarkably well of him that he esteems the delicate humor of such intricately crafted pieces as Raymond Carver's 'Elephant' and Flannery O'Connor's 'Good Country People.' It speaks even better of him that the profits from his book — which mixes these subtle humor pieces with more flat-out funny stuff from Philip Roth, David Sedaris, Steve Martin, Nora Ephron and Jonathan Ames, among many others — go to 826 National, the organization committed to promoting creative writing among students age 6 to 18."
—John McAlley, NPR
--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

In addition to writing, producing, and directing Funny People, Judd Apatow performed the same duties on the film Knocked Up, and co-wrote (with Steve Carell) and directed The 40-Year-Old Virgin. He has also produced Pineapple Express, Superbad, Forgetting Sarah Marshall, Year One, Drillbit Taylor, Stepbrothers, Talladega Nights, and Anchorman.

James Agee (1909-1955) was a poet, screenwriter, and journalist who won the Pulitzer Prize for his novel A DEATH IN THE FAMILY.

JONATHAN AMES is the author of "I Pass Like Night"; "The Extra Man"; "What s Not to Love?"; "My Less Than Secret Life"; "Wake Up, Sir!"; "I Love You More Than You Know"; "The Alcoholic; "and "The Double Life Is Twice As Good". He s the creator of the HBO(r) Original Series Bored to Death and has had two amateur boxing matches, fighting as The Herring Wonder. For more information visit www.jonathanames.com.

Amy Bloom is the author of Away, a novel, and two collections of prize-winning stories: Come to Me and A Blind Man Can See How Much I Love You. She is a psychotherapist and teaches creative writing at Yale University, where she is a Fellow of Calhoun College.

Raymond Carver was born in Clatskanie, Oregon, in 1938. His first collection of stories, Will You Please Be Quiet, Please (a National Book Award nominee in 1977), was followed by What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, Cathedral (nominated for the Pulitzer Prize in 1984), and Where I'm Calling From in 1988, when he was inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Letters. He died in August of that year, shortly after completing the poems of A New Path to the Waterfall.

Michael Chabon is the bestselling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, Wonder Boys, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, Summerland (a novel for children), The Final Solution, The Yiddish Policemen's Union, and Gentlemen of the Road, as well as the short story collections A Model World and Werewolves in Their Youth and the essay collections Maps and Legends and Manhood for Amateurs. He is the chairman of the board of the MacDowell Colony. He lives in Berkeley, California, with his wife, the novelist Ayelet Waldman, and their children.
NO_CONTENT_IN_FEATURE

New York Times best sellers
Browse the New York Times best sellers in popular categories like Fiction, Nonfiction, Picture Books and more. See more

Product Details

  • Paperback: 480 pages
  • Publisher: McSweeney's; First Trade Paper Edition edition (November 29, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1936365243
  • ISBN-13: 978-1936365241
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #773,680 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

By Michael P. McCullough on November 11, 2010
Format: Hardcover
In an "Editor's Note" in the introduction Judd Apatow (he's the editor, right?) states that he doesn't want to start a debate about the definition of funny. Well - too late! This book creates, and is to an extent, that debate.

Perhaps it is funny that some of the material isn't funny at all. But most of it is. Some of the selections like the Jonathan Ames piece and the Ian Frazier piece are laugh out loud in bed at night funny. Others like the Flannery O'Connor and the Tobias Wolff stories are not humorous, per se, but are odd, bizarre, and mind blowing in a way that transcends laughter. And because this is a collection of thirty-eight unrelated pieces any individual piece that did not grab my attention at once was skipped (sorry).

All in all I had high expectations for this book and they were exceeded - this is a book I looked forward to reading each night. I have enjoyed Judd Apatow's films and I enjoyed this book - his take on literature seen through the eyes of a creative person with (he admits) a short attention span.

A request to the editors at McSweeney's Books - consider future volumes of *I Found This Funny* with various interesting people as editors. I'd love to read more like this.

Note to Amazon - The book is 480 pages, not 224 pages.
Comment 20 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
Even if this book weren't produced for an incredibly good cause (826 Writing Centers for children), this book would be well worth your time and money. Apatow picks an eclectic and captivating mix of all kinds of writing...from canonical authors such as F. Scott Fitzgerald and Alice Munro to less canonical selections from Conan O'Brien and the wonderful poet Tony Hoagland. The subtitle of the book is "My Favorite Pieces of Humor and Some That May Not Be Funny At All." It's true that many of the pieces are dark (the James Agee piece in particular), but the book provides a fascinating reflection of one the funniest writers and directors working today. Check it out and support a great cause!
Comment 17 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Apatow, the comedy zen master, has collected a range of writing that is at times funny and at other times absurd. Little-known-gems such as Conan O'Bien's "Lookwell" television show pilot (which is a must read for any Adam West fan) sit alongside popular SNL favorites like Adam Sandler's "Canteen Boy and Scoutmaster." Peppered among the pages are classics from F. Scott Fitzgerald, Amy Bloom, Nora Ephron, and Paul Feig for those looking for some "older" works of comedy.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Meggie on December 23, 2011
Format: Paperback
Love short story books, this one included. I wouldn't expect anything less from Judd Apatow and friends. Some are funny, some are disconcerting, others kind of confusing, but it's overall very entertaining. My favorite was the story describing the rise and fall of "Freaks and Geeks". Great book to pick up now and then. Definitely recommended to anyone with a varying sense of humor.
Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover
I FOUND THIS FUNNY: MY FAVORITE PIECES OF HUMOR AND SOME THAT MAY NOT BE FUNNY AT ALL is a 'must' for any humor collection. Nearly five hundred pages of top writing by nearly fifty of the editor's favorite authors range from pieces by Raymond Carver and James Agee to Steve Martin and Philip Roth. Readers looking for a superior collection of comedy will find this a top pick.
Comment 3 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
If you are a huge fan, like myself, of Judd Apatow you will appreciate this book. One disappointing thing is that he states out-right that his interns did most of the reading and compiling and he just sorted through the good stuff to include. However, it is well worth the money since all proceeds go to charity!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I bought this book for my husband for a Christmas gift and he enjoyed it so much he forced me to read it as well, we both LOVED it!!! I highly reccomend it!
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
There are quite a few funny selections, but almost as many more that aren't funny. So often I would get half way through a selection, thinking there's nothing funny yet, it must be about to get funny. Three-quarters of the way through, still not smiling, I would think well there must be a really good punchline. Finished: no punchline, no redeeming value. Maybe Apatow thinks it funny that people would buy a book just because Judd Apatow says it's funny. I guess a sense of humor in film does not necessarily translate to a sense of humor in literature.
1 Comment One person found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse

Most Recent Customer Reviews