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It's more like a treatise on the topic of humor than a self help on improving witticism
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offers little basic information about being witty, author explained a lot of don'ts, but not so much of Do's.
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What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?
If it was actually funny. Quite ironic that a book on humourous wit should be completely devoid of any humour.
Also, the book spends a lot of time (the majority of the book in my opinion) telling you what not to say (i.e. anything that might be remotely insulting to anybody) rather than giving you tips to improve your wit.
What three words best describe Dave Wright’s performance?
OK, bit dull
If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from How to Be Witty?
Everything. Start from scratch. The title is completely misleading as some people want to actually just learn something about wit and use it in daily conversation rather than wanting to be a stand-up comedian.
Also a significant portion of the book talks about the social advantages of wit. I would have cut this out, because most people are instinctively aware of this (unless you are a cave-dwelling hermit), and is probably why people would be interested in a book with a title like this in the first place. Therefore that section is mostly redundant.
A more accurate title would have been: Stand-up comedy for Middle Schoolers: a primer on politically correct comedy to impress your grandparents! Or, how to make people yawn in unison.
Any additional comments?
This book assumes you want to be a stand-up comedian (in my opinion a humourless one at that) and as mentioned before is ironically completely unfunny.
One of the gems of knowledge this book recommends to improve your wit is to study a dictionary to increase your vocabulary. This must be a joke on the listener/reader, in which case it is well played... but still not funny.
That said, there may be something in this book that I have missed. I'll admit I am in a foul mood (completely unrelated to the book) as I am writing this review. I feel bad that I'm insulting what might be someone's life's work here (I would hope the author sets his sights higher next time).
Some people (about 5 of them) might well enjoy this book. Or perhaps large doses of psychoactive substances and a heroic dose of imagination might make this book an enjoyable listen.