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Absorbing, funny and surprisingly well written This is not a shameless celebrity cash in, this is apparently something which the two authors cared about and wanted to do properly They manage the tricky balancing act of fitting plenty of laughs in the text while also taking the subject seriously and giving the reader a really informative and fascinating discussion Their investigation into every aspect of jokology takes in Elegba the trickster god, The Wise Men of Gotham, the ancient Roman idio Absorbing, funny and surprisingly well written This is not a shameless celebrity cash in, this is apparently something which the two authors cared about and wanted to do properly They manage the tricky balancing act of fitting plenty of laughs in the text while also taking the subject seriously and giving the reader a really informative and fascinating discussion Their investigation into every aspect of jokology takes in Elegba the trickster god, The Wise Men of Gotham, the ancient Roman idiot trade, children saying poo , Eskimo drumming contests, Aristotle, Freud, Dario Fo, Stalin and Bernard Manning Plus there s a really good selection of gags between chapters and at the foot of every page.The discussion on offensive jokes is particularly interesting for anyone who s seen Jimmy Carr perform I m sure his analysis of the issue is far from the last word on the subject and there are holes that could be picked in his argument but it does show that he s certainly being thoughtful about it rather than just finding justifications for what he does.Overall, I m glad I read this I ve got a couplejokes in my repertoire and, as I bought it in a charity shop, I didn t even have to contribute to Jimmy the tax dodger s dodgy finances Result I considered covering this up when I read it outside, as Jimmy Carr is one of those comedians who make ironic or ambiguous offensive jokes, then quite happily accept ticket money from people who wouldn t know irony or ambiguity if they hit themselves in the face with them.Al Murray, he s the worst one for it And he has such kind eyes.Anyway, having said that, I like Jimmy, and his jokes make me laugh SO PERHAPS THE JOKE IS ON ME This book is a very good exploration of all the different aspects I considered covering this up when I read it outside, as Jimmy Carr is one of those comedians who make ironic or ambiguous offensive jokes, then quite happily accept ticket money from people who wouldn t know irony or ambiguity if they hit themselves in the face with them.Al Murray, he s the worst one for it And he has such kind eyes.Anyway, having said that, I like Jimmy, and his jokes make me laugh SO PERHAPS THE JOKE IS ON ME This book is a very good exploration of all the different aspects of humour, with a broad scope and an even hand It has lots of good gags in it as well at the start of each chapter My favourite jokes are the ones about the Jews and the Queers 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 Not like comedians, eh Micky Ed The best book I ve ever read about humor and laughing, from one of my favorite comics too Very deep and serious examination of humor, its history, its functions, its value Great, great jokes too 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 genuine attempt to locate the place that the joke and laughter occupy in the human psyche As the quote from E B White says at the start of chapter five Analysing humour is like dissecting a frog Few people are interested, and the frog dies This is a genuinely well thought out treatise into the nature of humour and well worth a look provided you realise that aro 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 genuine attempt to locate the place that the joke and laughter occupy in the human psyche As the quote from E B White says at the start of chapter five Analysing humour is like dissecting a frog Few people are interested, and the frog dies This is a genuinely well thought out treatise into the nature of humour and well worth a look provided you realise that around about a fifth of the book is filled with actual jokes and some belters are in there and the other four fifths is a psychological breakdown of such topics as why do we laugh What purpose do jokes serve Should any subject be a taboo for humour And is it really the way you tell them Just be prepared that this isabout the science of the jokespecifically, psychology and the place of humour in the human nature than a joke book Amusing read but no great insight into comedy Surprised by the amount of toilet humour and Carry On style innuendo in a book with pretensions to be a bitthoughtful 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.The research quoted was just confirmation bias to give the appearance of depth to a book that studiously avoided a Amusing read but no great insight into comedy Surprised by the amount of toilet humour and Carry On style innuendo in a book with pretensions to be a bitthoughtful 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.The research quoted was just confirmation bias to give the appearance of depth to a book that studiously avoided any great insight or investigation into the darker side of comedy and what it might reveal about the human condition Can t really complain though, I got in a charity shop for a euro This was fantastic I m a huge fan of Jimmy Carr, so I was expecting an informative book with a humorous and engaging narrator I was not disappointed 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 I enjoyed the scattered jokes, the observations on the role humor plays in our lives, and the stories about the effects humor has had on specific people throughout history To save an This was fantastic I m a huge fan of Jimmy Carr, so I was expecting an informative book with a humorous and engaging narrator I was not disappointed 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 I enjoyed the scattered jokes, the observations on the role humor plays in our lives, and the stories about the effects humor has had on specific people throughout history To save anyone else the issue I had in finding this book here in the states, it s the book the British humorously call The Naked Jape Same book, new title, slightly changed for our tender Murcan sensibilities Hopefully this will now show up in Google searches to help other travelers in the world of comedy and humor research anyone who reads this book will wish there weretravelers like us It s such a great topic |Ebook ♕ The Naked Jape: Uncovering The Hidden World Of Jokes ♝ Is Man the only animal that laughs Why are clowns so scary Do jokes make children intelligent Are men funnier than women Can God take a joke What s brown and sticky Top comedian Jimmy Carr and fellow joke lover Lucy Greeves tour the strange and wonderful world of jokes to find out what s funny and why With overof the best jokes ever told, The Naked Jape is both a lesson in joke making and a damn good laugh Surprisingly scholarly and incredibly boring Read it strictly for the jokes and skip 90% of the theories and rhetoric. I bought and read this believing it to be a how to gethumor in your delivery book It isn t In this tome, Carr and his co author repeat the same turgid point chapter after chapter, Jokes are funny People like them If you deconstruct them they loose what makes them funny But deconstruct is precisely what Carr and Comrade try to do Without much success They do succeed in making the same points over and over and over, though Yawn Carr includes a few examples of studies done on hum I bought and read this believing it to be a how to gethumor in your delivery book It isn t In this tome, Carr and his co author repeat the same turgid point chapter after chapter, Jokes are funny People like them If you deconstruct them they loose what makes them funny But deconstruct is precisely what Carr and Comrade try to do Without much success They do succeed in making the same points over and over and over, though Yawn Carr includes a few examples of studies done on humor and the oldest known joke which in an etymology sense I suppose is kind of interesting The end of each chapter is also filled with a few jokes relative to that chapter s content There are a few hits there, but mostly misses I am a great fan of Carr, I don t think he s an idiot at all or an unlikable person He s simply got a very funny persona which he plays up to on stage and has genuine wit, writing things which are seriously amusing instead of relying on surrealism and stupidity which seem to be all the rage in British Comedy nowadays So Carr can certainly pen a joke, which begs the question why isn t this book funny Unless you paid RRP for it in which case the joke is certainly on you I strongly suspect that Carr has had a marginal involvement in the creative process here, and it s made suspiciously unclear what his contributions were The book itself attempts to chart a history of a subject which in it s inherent word of mouth nature defies charting This isn t to say it s badly written, it s certainly very readable I finished it within a few days Overall, if you wish to be mildly entertained and have a limited collection of Christmas cracker style gags and you see it in The Works or similar, be my guest If you re looking for something educational or informative, look elsewhere though Better books on being funny have been written Unless you like reading the same point being made over and over again And just for you guys Jokes are funny People like them If you deconstruct them they loose what makes them funny A somewhat interesting exploration of the origins of humour, though mainly flimsy and anecdotal Still, there was an interesting insight into the nature of the offensive joke that it is possible that as long as we are laughing at people even if it is hurtful we at least recognise their humanity it is only when we dehumanise them that jokes become irrelevant 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 a A somewhat interesting exploration of the origins of humour, though mainly flimsy and anecdotal Still, there was an interesting insight into the nature of the offensive joke that it is possible that as long as we are laughing at people even if it is hurtful we at least recognise their humanity it is only when we dehumanise them that jokes become irrelevant 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 Fortunately, for all that, it does serve as a repository for some very good one liners, and since the old fashioned joke book no longer really exists, it has value for being a limited compendium of some of the best ones from a fairly recent stock of comedians including Carr himself of course