How to Be Funny: The One and Only Practical Guide for Every Occasion, Situation, and Disaster (no kidding)

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Simon and Schuster, Jun 15, 2010 - Humor - 192 pages
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An invaluable guide on how to "lighten up" from a distinguished pro who has provided laughs for JAY LENO, BILLY CRYSTAL, STEVE MARTIN, ROBIN WILLIAMS, BRAD GARRETT, WHOOPI GOLDBERG, AND MANY MORE.

Who hasn't wished for the perfect withering comeback line, a clever tension-breaking quip, or a winning flirtatious remark? Being funny is hard work and not everyone is a natural. How to Be Funny is a witty guide that teaches readers precisely how to be funnier in everyday life. It's a must-read for anyone who has to speak in public, be engaging and funny at work or at play, or who hopes to one day go out on a date.

Jon Macks, a comedy writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, the Academy Awards, the Emmy Awards, Hollywood Squares, and the nation's top comedians, politicians, and corporate leaders, knows his funny business. Here he demystifies the process of making people laugh, breaks down the basic building blocks and types of humor -- which include self-deprecation, misdirection, deadpan delivery, sarcasm, and "the reverse" -- and reveals the best approaches to use in common situations.

How to Be Funny features helpful (and hilarious) tips and anecdotes from the comic legends Mack's worked with -- including Jay Leno, Arsenio Hall, Gilbert Gottfried, Billy Crystal, Rita Rudner, Dave Barry, and Carrie Fisher -- in his eleven years as one of the nation's top television writers.

Whether the goal is to give a memorable public address or deliver a killer line with friends, How to Be Funny is a charming, instructive, and practical read.
 

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Can a book really teach you how to be funny? Macks, who has written jokes for big names including Jay Leno, Billy Crystal, Steve Martin and Robin Williams, thinks his can. Though some might argue that ... Read full review

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This book lied! D: I'm not funny and now everyone hates me ):

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Contents

Section 1
1
Section 2
9
Section 3
12
Section 4
69
Section 5
102
Section 6
105
Section 7
115
Section 8
175
Section 9
179
Section 10
181
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Jon Macks, author of Heaven Talks Back, From Soup to Nuts, and Fuhgeddaboutit, is a writer for The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He has written for seven Academy Awards shows, nine Emmy Awards shows, and has a weekly comedy segment on The Paul Harris Radio Show on The Big 550/KTRS St. Louis. In addition, he writes for Hollywood Squares and for over a dozen of the nation's top comedians, politicians, corporate leaders, and sports commentators. He lives in Los Angeles.

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