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Author: Jimmy Carr; Lucy Greeves
Publisher: New York : Gotham Books, ©2006.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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A seriously funny, up-close look at joking matters--from the social origins of laughter, to the art and craft of humor, to why we can never remember the punch line--featuring over 300 jokes. 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. Surveying across national, ethnic, and gender divides, they begin with  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Criticism, interpretation, etc
Additional Physical Format: Print version:
Carr, Jimmy, 1972-
Only joking.
New York : Gotham Books, ©2006
(DLC) 2006015495
(OCoLC)69027737
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Jimmy Carr; Lucy Greeves
ISBN: 9781440627200 1440627207 9781436295505 1436295505 9781440600692 1440600694
OCLC Number: 607766428
Reproduction Notes: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.] : HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010. MiAaHDL
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 300 pages)
Details: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Responsibility: Jimmy Carr & Lucy Greeves.

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A seriously funny, up-close look at joking matters--from the social origins of laughter, to the art and craft of humor, to why we can never remember the punch line--featuring over 300 jokes. 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. Surveying across national, ethnic, and gender divides, they begin with the mechanism of laughter--how it happens and why even infants do it--then delve into the power of the punch line, exploring the basics of all jokes, from the use of shock and surprise to advanced stand-up techniques such as the "pull-back/reveal." Carr and Greeves go on to explore taboo humor, jokes that bomb, and the psychology of finding something funny.--From publisher description.

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