The Importance of Being Funny : Why We Need More Jokes in Our Lives, Hardback Book

The Importance of Being Funny : Why We Need More Jokes in Our Lives Hardback


When E. B. White said "analyzing humor is like dissecting a frog; few people are interested and the frog dies," he hadn't seen Al Gini's hilarious, incisive, and informative take on jokes, joke-telling, and the jokers who tell jokes.

For Gini, humor is more than just foolish fun: it serves as a safety valve for dealing with reality that gives us the courage to endure that which we cannot understand or avoid.

Not everyone tells jokes. Not everyone gets a joke, even a good one. But, Gini argues, joke-telling can act as both a sword and a shield to defend us from reality.

As the late, great stand-up comic Joan Rivers put it: `If you can laugh at it, you can live with it!' This book is for anyone who enjoys a good laugh, but also wants to know why.


  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 168 pages, 2 Tables, unspecified; 1 Illustrations, black and white
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
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  • Category: Popular philosophy
  • ISBN: 9781442281769

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