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I’m not sure exactly what I was expecting when I searched for a book about humor but I wanted a book that would detail the intricacies of humor and learn more about why jokes are funny and how some people can tell them with such ease. This book did not disappoint. The author is sort of a science nerd and I don’t think he is one of the naturally funny people. Even with all his research he isn’t funny in the book even though of course he says this isn’t his aim. But I found it easy to listen to and I learned many of the intricacies that I was looking to learn about. I confirmed a lot of things that I thought to be true already like the role of surprise in jokes. Overall a good book. He goes off on tangents and there is no overall tie in to all the topics he scratches. This is a good place to start if you’re looking for a basis on humor study.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I guess not many of us analyze the reasons why we find something funny. Or why different people laugh at different things. I personally will find something totally hilarious, while someone sitting next to me won't even chuckle. Humor is a funny thing I guess. No pun intended. 😆
2 of 4 people found this review helpful
This book covers humor in great detail and does so in a very engaging way. The narration is flawless.
My only disappointment is that laughter gets very little attention by comparison to humor. They are related, but distinct and the book title does suggest that the main focus is laughter. It is not.
After all, we can find something humorous, but not laugh and we can laugh, despite a lack of humor.
Despite this disappointment, I found it to be an educational, engaging and entertaining book overall.