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I took a chance on this one because of some of the positive reviews posted here that said they had used tactics from this book to some success (& because it was 50% off at the time). Even at 50% off, it wasn't worth it. In fact, I regret the time invested more than the money.
I was nervous right from the start when the author began by trying to explain the importance of humour and the effect it has on us: in the first place, I wouldn't have bought a book on "Laugh Tactics" if I didn't already have an appreciation for the importance and power of humour. But much worse was that his introduction was vapid, general, lacking any novel insight, and not substantiated in any way: "laughter is maybe the strongest human emotion" (I'm don't think laughter *is* an emotion, and although I'm not totally clear on what it would mean to quantify emotions in this way, it seems neither true nor relevant - we can appreciate the value of humour without reifying it).
But I stuck with it!
He wouldn't be the first author to be tempted into making absurd grandiose and unsupported generalizations after investing a lot of time writing on a specific subject.
It seems as though he sees humour as a means to being valued / loved / appreciated / admired / proving his intelligence / showing off etc, i.e. he sees it primarily as means to achieving egocentric ends - not as a way of creating laughter and joy with others, or sharing difficulties and frustrations in a light-hearted way that brings you closer to others.
For me, humour is not a way of impressing others, it's a way of connecting - and although he touches on this tangentially, the underlying message seems to be about building oneself up and proving how clever / smart / different one is (which is a great way of alienating others).
I can only imagine this book being useful to someone who is truly clueless about the very basics of interacting with others (& even then, I'm not sure it would *help* them). It might help a robot, but unless you only respond to every comment and question 100% literally and are not the *least* bit playful in your interactions with others, don't expect to discover any pearls of wisdom here:
e.g. "Is it raining?", "Just enough to ruin your hairdo." ... yup, that's the level you can hope to aspire to with his "expert interpersonal guidance."
If this seems a bit harsh, I think it scares me to imagine people buying into his statements whole-heartedly, trying his ideas out and not even realizing that they weren't succeeding. Throughout most of the book, all I could think was "boy, someone who acted like this would be unbearable to be around and impossible to connect with." But others here seemed to have found some useful ideas.
Personally, I think you'd learn (and enjoy yourself) more from listening to one of the comedy channels on Audible.
8 of 8 people found this review helpful
the first part of the book was a little slow, and I wasn't sure if it was going to be worth buying. But near the middle and the end he goes through a lot of different drills and ideas and examples of specific ways to be funny
i didn't even smile whilst listening to this book. maybe you will. but I doubt it
1 of 2 people found this review helpful
This book swapped between common sense, absurdity and formulating corny jokes. Making it It feel like a book about being funny from someone who really wasn't. I believe this book was well written, however the only content of real value came at the end and I have read the same content in another of the authors books.