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Comedy by the Numbers: The 169 Secrets of Humor and Popularity [Paperback]

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Item description for Comedy by the Numbers: The 169 Secrets of Humor and Popularity by Eric Hoffman & Gary Rudoren...

This book is perfect for people who are funny and for those who aren't funny (thus it is marketable to 100 percentof the population). As we all know, true creativity comes from simple formulas and the memorization of data. This new bible makes the secrets of comedy accessible, not only to those funny few among us, but also to those who might not have the ability or talent to be funny. One no longer need worry about originality--- just find the right comedy number and apply as needed... and then you're on your way to POPULARITYVILLE! Comedy by the Numbers is a NEARLY comprehensive list of all comedy characters, bits, scenarios, sketches, skits, shtick, and much more. (We say nearly because we want to leave room for Volume 2.) Included arespecial hints, tips, and unboring comedy history.Comedyby the Numbers is the brainchild of Prof. Eric Hoffman (Mr. Show)and Dr. Gary Rudoren (Annoyance Theatre)--- AND features loads of comedy fun facts that you can memorize and use to impress people at parties!

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Pages   201
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.75" Width: 5.75" Height: 8.5"
Weight:   0.6 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Jun 5, 2007
Publisher   McSweeney's
ISBN  1932416757  
ISBN13  9781932416756  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Eric Hoffman, a widely published nature and travel writer, has logged more than 20,000 miles inside Australia. Also the author of Adventuring in Belize, He lives in Santa Cruz, California.

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Garbage by the numbers!  Sep 20, 2008
First of all, this is a customer writing this review, not one of the authors or someone at the publishers, as with the positive reviews on this book.
This is absolutely the worse book that I have ever read, not only about comedy. If there were a less than a one star rating, this book would deserve it. this site needs stars in the negative for such a book.
If you read the list of 169 "secrets" on the Look Inside This Book preview, and those do not seem interesting, it's because they are not. The content of the book doesn't get any better than what you read there. It's short, useless paragraphs that say nothing.
This is a poor excuse for a book. It is not instructional, it is not entertaining. Yes humor is subjective, but I couldn't imagine anyone on this planet or any other that would find this useful or funny.
I run an entertainment business and I am always looking for different ways to generate funny material for the stage. I've read some really good books on the subject: The Comic Toolbox by John Vorhaus is good, and Mel Helitzer's Comedy Writing secrets is a little dated, but contains some good stuff.

I don't do this thing  Jun 26, 2008
I don't do book reviews, I don't do surveys, I'm really lazy. But, for this book? For this book, I will take three minutes to write my first ever book review. It will be short. Ready? This is the funniest book I have ever read in my entire life. Sure, it could just be a crazy coincidence that the humor of the authors is the exact humor I like, but I think that anyone will find this book funny. I read the book over the course of a month so as to savor it, and I read 5 pages a night, and I laughed every single night, and 3/4ths of the nights I laughed till I had tears in my eyes. I'm cynical and not humored easily. But this book is incredibly funny.
So Much Funnier Than Other Books That Are Not Funny  Mar 7, 2008
1) This book is seriously funny.
2) Armed with this book, unfunny people will finally know how to be funny.
3) That's not really true.
4) This book is very, very funny despite its inability to help unfunny people.
5) Can't wait for a sequel!
Read it!  Feb 11, 2008
It's not that awesome in the way that it will help you be funnier in everyday life, it's more awesome in the descriptions of the hilarious situations they envision putting you in. But I'm sure in reading it, you will find a few ideas to steal in the middle of a very entertaining book. I sure did. And they mention several times in the book they are cool with stealing their ideas, as long as you spread word of the book, so that's what I'm doing now!

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