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The United States of Laughter: One Comedian's Journey Through All 50 States Paperback – September 19, 2017
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"A Mark Twain experience."
"A narrative style reminiscent of Bill Bryson."
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"In this amazing, amusing book, Andrew Tarvin goes looking for laughs in all the right places, specifically every one of these now not so United States. But through his journey, he shares how we are still a country bound together by people who can take a joke as well as make one, including, of course, our comedic, peripatetic author who does so from sea to shining sea and also in New Jersey."
-Bob Mankoff, Cartoon & Humor Editor at Esquire
"The world beyond your hometown doorstep is often a hilarious and amazing place. This book will take you there. Read it, laugh out load, be inspired and get to know your hilarious guide, Andrew Tarvin (now known in some states as Drupac), as he takes you on a journey to unite America in copious amounts of comedy and laughter. You'll be glad you did."
-David Nihill, Author of Do You Talk Funny
"These side-splitting stories capture the life of a traveler perfectly. From the moments that go so right to the experiences that go so very wrong, The United States of Laughter is both ridiculous and insightful. And, if you're like me, it will have you laughing in your middle seat while on your flight from Prague to JFK."
-Whitney Tressel, fellow nomad and National Geographic Photography Trip Leader
About the Author
Andrew Tarvin is the world’s first humor engineer. He has performed in over 1,000 shows, delivered more than 500 talks, and has spoken or performed in all 50 states, 18 countries, and 1 Planet (Earth). He is the author of 5 books, including this one. He has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The Huffington Post, FastCompany, and Inc. His TEDx talk on humor at work has been more than 150,000 views. To learn more, visit http://andrewtarvin.com
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Drew Tarvin narrates his visits to all fifty of the United States during a twelve month period. Each visit is accompanied by a story of at least one of the experiences he had in that state. Not only are the stories humorous, they often convey a homely life lesson learned. The wisdom, like the humor, comes in a subtle, indirect package.
Each state visit constitutes a chapter, but that’s not all, between chapters are nice little comic jewels, like What to Call People from Each State (Mississipper, Missourito) or Ten Rules For Sleeping in Your Car. (Ten rules that all translate, “don’t)
Tarvin is lavish with his use of footnotes, most of which add an additional chuckle. For example at the end of the “What to Call People from Each State,” you will find “NOTE: These are 100% factually correct” with a footnote which says, “These are not 100% factually correct.”
While Tarvin’s narrative style is reminiscent of Bill Bryson, I found this work to contain both more humor and more substance that A Walk in The Woods. Perhaps that is because Tarvin is both a professional corporate trainer, and a professional comedian.
I can’t recommend this book for bedtime reading. You are likely to lose sleep.
I love stories about people who take a leap because it’s something I always want to do but never do. Reading this book allowed me to see the world and live vicariously through the author. You get a sense of how great this country really is and that you can go anywhere in the world and find good people and good experiences. For me personally, it’s also helpful that Drew is a master of word play and there are a lot of hilarious puns in this book.
In short: I laughed at the great writing, sharp wit and personal anecdotes of the author. I learned a bit about each State's idiosyncrasies (and food habits). I thoroughly enjoyed the read. Would recommend to anyone looking for a good book!
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