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  • ISBN: 1501100580
  • ISBN: 9781501100581
  • Physical Description: vii, 312 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
  • Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
  • Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2018.

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Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 277-304) and index.
Formatted Contents Note: Our funny century -- Funny for no reason -- The march of progress -- Notes from an epidemic -- A little more conversation -- Everyone's a comedian -- Bon Jovi, come home -- Mirth control -- A blurry, amorphous thud -- We shall overcomb -- New tiryntha.
Summary, etc.: Presents a history of humor, from fart jokes on clay Sumerian tablets all the way up to the latest Twitter memes, that tells the story of how comedy came to rule the modern world.

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 April #2
    *Starred Review* Positing we're now the funniest we've ever been, Jennings argues we may be drowning in a barrel of laughs. There's seeming irony in a self-professed humor enthusiast functioning as the proverbial canary in the comedy coal mine, and yet Jennings' holistic, incisive argument presents a strong case that our comedy-first culture is resulting in too much of a good thing. In a punchy, engaging style, he documents humor's history, evolution, and twentieth-century explosion, the latter partially resulting from the unrestrained access to an avalanche of jokes via the internet. This "hedonic treadmill," or ever-increased need for amusing stimuli, threatens a "peak funny" of sorts, with everything from insurance advertising to political campaigns yukking it up. And if we crave and demand laughs at every turn, "We can't pretend to be surprised when that system produces winners who are entertaining but otherwise completely unqualified to govern." But Jennings isn't condemning comedy as a whole (although he does rightly critique lack of inclusivity and diversity in the craft). Instead, he pleas for moderation: some gravity with the guffaws, sincerity with sarcasm, ideals with irony. Rife with cultural references and allusions only a Jeopardy! champion could manage, Planet Funny is smartly structured, soundly argued, and yes—pretty darn funny. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Wit and humor History and criticism
Comedy History and criticism
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Popular Culture
HUMOR / Topic / Language
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