Some animals may have a sense of humour: perhaps Aristotle was wrong when he said that man is the animal that laughs. It's such a great topic! I am a great fan of Carr, I don't think he's an idiot at all or an unlikable person. Yet another theory: jokes are about exercising power. Well, as I said, it's fun. If you see someone who's not quite fitting the accepted social pattern, they seem incongruous. But the text is a brilliant survey of the joke taken from different perspectives: myths, offensiveness, ethnicity, religion, being a standup, etc. But being laughed at doesn't feel nice.
Few people are interested, and the frog dies. Should any subject be a taboo for humour? As usual, nothing new under the sun. They've done a good job, and there is at least one joke on every page - a really varied assortment too, ranging from traditional staples What's brown and sticky? Some of the ones I liked most are in my updates. This is not a shameless celebrity cash-in, this is apparently something which the two authors cared about and wanted to do properly. Some of the ones I liked most are in my updates. The book also drifts into feeling a lot like somebody's university media studies thesis and neve Definitely a good history of jokes and joking. The book itself attempts to chart a history of a subject which in it's inherent word of mouth nature defies charting.
And he has such kind eyes. And is it really the way you tell them? Throughout the books 288 pages, the authors do an excellent job of analyzing, among other things, the construction of a joke, the physiological and psychological responses to punch lines and to humor in general, the history of stand-up comedy and the philosophy of humor. Once you have enough power to make the people around laugh at the things that you consider funny, you can exert pressure on other people due to their fear of ridicule. Apparently it was suggested by the French philosopher Henri Bergson in 1911. I'm sure it'll be Man walks into a bar. And he has such kind eyes. Well along with Lucy Greeves ok she probably did most of the work he has gone and written a rather brilliant book about comedy.
I'm a huge fan of Jimmy Carr, so I was expecting an informative book with a humorous and engaging narrator. And there's a good deal about different kinds of jokes, and about what it's like to be a standup comedian. With this in mind, it is still largely dominated by a snobbish 'you can't joke about that' mentality when it comes to comedians such as Bernard Manning, who are seen of course as inciting the rabble to hate others. I'm a huge fan of Jimmy Carr, so I was expecting an informative book with a humorous and engaging narrator. I got about three-fourths through this book, which was quite fairly enjoyable and mildly thought provoking, when I took it into a regular Friday night Chinatown haunt, and, due to some sadly predictable stupidity between the drunken owner and a douchebag patron, decided that I wanted to be elsewhere. Everyone these days agrees that language isn't taught in the school-room; it's acquired from the people around you. They do succeed in making the same points over and over and over, though.
Unless you like reading the same point being made over and over again. My favourite jokes are the ones about the Jews and the Queers. If you deconstruct them they loose what makes them funny. There's also a joke an every page if like me you have the attention span of a gnat. That incongruity is funny, so we laugh at them. Better books on being funny have been written.
There are jokes on every page straight forward, lining the bottom of the pages, I mean and in between each chapter. The people who are behaving oddly experience a pressure to conform, and that pressure is created by other people's sense of humour. Last night on Room 101 Micky Flanagan said he wanted to put celebrity chefs in Room 101, 'because there's so many of them nowadays, and they've all got their 'thing' that they do. The only criticism I have is that who the book is intended for seems a little muddled--at times it seems aimed for just the everday person, at other points it sounds geared towards comics or aspiring comics. Carr and co author Greeves met at Cambridge and their prose is informed and entertaining. Plus there's a really good selection of gags between chapters and at the foot of every page. Just be prepared that this is more about the science of the joke — more specifically, psychology and the place of humour in the human nature — than a joke book.
Also, as Woody Allen points out, laughter is a weapon of seduction, so jokes give you sexual power too. Met deze cookies kunnen wij en derde partijen jouw internetgedrag binnen en buiten onze website volgen en verzamelen. This isn't to say it's badly written, it's certainly very readable - I finished it within a few days. Here you find a heartfelt and simultaneously intellectual look at what makes us laugh, what makes jokes tick, and what our sense of humor says about ourselves, our culture and our dreams. Author: Jimmy Carr; Lucy Greeves Publisher: Waterville, Me. Door verder gebruik te maken van deze website ga je hiermee akkoord.
Overall, I'm glad I read this. The end of each chapter is also filled with a few jokes relative to that chapter's content. As usual for Wittgenstein, a simple but at the same time very deep observation. Comedian Jimmy Carr and comedy writer Greeves take an in-depth look at where humor comes from and how it works, through exploring its purest form: the joke. Note that if you start laughing hysterically and pointing your finger at my absurd review, I'll be less inclined to argue for it.
Surveying across national, ethnic, and gender divides, this rollicking analysis of why joking will always be close to the human heart is an irresistible exploration of humor that makes clear why we need a good laugh now more than ever. Kudos to Lucy Greeves as well for her part in the writing--don't want to leave her out, because they co-wrote this so flawlessly that I don't know who wrote what. No, Please: Take My Wife: Joking across the gender divide 139 -- 8 Beyond the Pale? If you deconstruct them they loose what makes them funny. Their star example is the sexually obsessed Professor Legman his real name , whose Freudian theory of jokes was based on the hypothesis that they are always about sex. It's not for nothing that Raymond Smullyan drew an analogy between humour and mysticism in. Although there is a joke at the foot of every page and a dozen between chapters, this is not a particularly funny book. This is a fun book! What came across clearly from the authors was that there are still taboos in comedy for modern comedians, the taboos now are anything that contest the brainless liberal ideology that underpins their own thinking.