Why the Long Joke?

Why the Long Joke?

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This is a very silly book. There are lots of jokes (I mean it; there are hundreds). Also: dozens of stories, poems, diagrams, lists, and cartoons. If you like laughing, oh boy, watch out, because of the aforementioned jokes. Except they're not really jokes. They're more like entries in a contest for the Stupidest Sentence Ever Written. James Thomas decided a few years ago that he wanted to write comedy for the rest of his life. Write for comedy films. Write stand-up. Write humor books. Write funny T-shirt slogans. Write comic strips. Write absurd text adventure games. Write tweets. Write gags for the undersides of rocks. 80 he declared himself the President of Twitter and enjoyed his new-found glory sitting hunched over a rock with a crayon, putting the finishing touches on this very silly book. Inside you'll find nuggets of comedy gold, including "How to Write a Sentence"; "Edgar Allan Poe Goes to a Music Festival"; and "Eleven Drafts of an Opening Paragraph." You'll also find Silver and Bronze winners of yet-to-be-determined micro comedy awards that you have to read to remember.
And you can't miss the astonishing original illustrations of Dinosaurs of the Future (they're very big).
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Product details

  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 147 x 210 x 27mm | 409g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250078830
  • 9781250078834
  • 1,052,818

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"Jim gives new meaning to the words silliosity and hilariousment....Funny stuff! Buy this book!" Jack Handey"This book should be required reading for anyone asked to contribute a quote." - Emo Philips, stand-up comedian"I imagine James Thomas's brain as a sort of beehive: thoughts come and go in a seemingly random, almost bumbling fashion but the yield is pure honey. I will not apologize for that joke, but his are much better." Michael McKean, comedian, writer, and star of "This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, "and" Better Call Saul""Packed with great jokes and funny ideas, this book will release enough endorphins that you can give up running and sex. I am not a doctor." Simon Blackwell, executive producer and Emmy Award winning writer of "Veep, Peep Show, " and "In the Loop""Stop watching TV, read a book. Then put that down and read THIS book." Michael Kupperman, cartoonist, illustrator, and author of "Tales Designed to Thrizzle ""Jim has a truly original, quirky and charming voice, and he makes me laugh out loud on a daily basis on Twitter. I frequently thank my son for introducing me to Crimer Show." Rebecca Front, BAFTA award-winning actress and star of "The Thick of It""Smart and hilarious." "The Irish Times""The perfect anecdote to all of the sad and terrible news and information with which we are pummelled on a daily basis." Popmatters"
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About James Thomas

James Thomas, aka Astonishing Sod to his multitudinous Twitter followers, achieved Internet fame with the success of Crimer Show, an episodic parody of TV crime dramas. Since then he's devoted every waking moment to his quest to write the Stupidest Sentence Ever Written. Thomas is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The Huffington Post. He lives in Dublin.
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