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What Are You Laughing At?: A Comprehensive Guide to the Comedic Event 0th Edition
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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 ›
The portion on vehicles I felt could have been better elaborated for some things, and the chart in the little categorical boxes he moves through in the beginning and then shows in full at the end, I felt, were very useful if not a little cumbersome. I also wish it would have incorporated the Hurley model as I feel it implicitly leans in that direction.
I really like this book however, it is one of the clearest I have read on the subject matter, most importantly provides useful, and relative easy to use tools for understanding and developing humor.
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Won't make you laugh. It might make you think. It's the philosophers book on the origins of laughter. Some of it becomes repetitive.Published on March 28, 2013 by Connor Mullaney
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
Okay, the truth is I've only read the intro so far. Which was great and I look forward to the rest. But really, I want to work for Dan O'Shannon. Read morePublished on September 19, 2012 by Lou S Borenstein