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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; Main Market Ed. edition (8 Nov. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1447223489
  • ISBN-13: 978-1447223481
  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 19.8 x 2.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (201 customer reviews)
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"It's funny, but Peter Serafinowicz is the kind of funny person that funny people find funny." --Simon Pegg, actor, "Shaun of the Dead"

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An endlessly inventive, fully illustrated collection of brilliant one-liners from the BAFTA-nominated actor and comedian.

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By Simon Holliday on 3 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I always remember as a kid sat in the front room watching Saturday night tv with the whole family. I would watch in bemusement as the others would nearly fall of their chairs in fits of laughter at the twee programmes such as Allo Allo and Noel (the devil) Edmunds whilst I could barely even crack a smile. It was then that I realised that my sense of humour was in the minority and took to watching Monty Python, Dave Allen, Comic Strip and The Young Ones to get my comedic kicks.
As fussy as I am with tv comedy I'm even worse when it comes to books, it's not that I don't appreciate the creative humour of the popular I just find there's very little that makes me laugh out loud ( sorry that should be LOL or Psml shouldn't it!). So upon picking up A Billion Jokes I was expecting a good read but would it have me wetting my undergarments. The short answer is yes, yes it did! I have so far gone through the entire men's underwear department of M&S and have now took too reading this one on the lav cutting out the middleman so to speak. The raw wit and inventive use of sarcasm had my wife and kids thinking that I had lost the plot as I locked myself in the bathroom and proceeded to howl like a hyena passing a watermelon.
If this book doesn't make you laugh then I'm sorry but its too late your dead from the soul up. It is currently sat on my shelf between my copies of Bill Hicks Love all the People and Peter Hooks new book (it's signed don't judge me haven't even read it yet, looks cool on the shelf though). If your still laughing at Bruce's jokes on Strictly and quoting Terry Prattchet at every available opportunity then maybe this isn't the book for you but if you still chuckle when your in a public toilet in a cubicle and you hear a little tommy squeaker or if you laughed the other day on the bus when the driver had to break hard and the little Chinese woman at the front went flying then buy it read it then read it again!
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By Max10million on 13 Nov. 2012
Format: Hardcover
I know nobody who has ever heard of this book. And I shall be recommending it to absolutely nobody at all. I doubt I know anybody who has even heard of this Serafinowicz.Certainly nobody who could spell it.And I must admit that I have only heard of him myself becase twitter told me he was similar to Sony Xperia GB.(He is not - this is the worst lie since telling me Noel Edmonds was similar to Pol Pot).

No, the less people know of this the better. While that is the case, I can continue merrily to drop these fine jokes into conversation at appropriate junctures, passing them off as my own instantly fashioned casual remarks. For I have neither shame nor jokes of my own. Believe me, it is for the best.Until now I have relied on a combination of Xmas crackers, The Krankies and a dog-eared Bobby Davro joke book.I am not known as the Oscar Wilde of my set, which may be for the best as my set think he sang Teenager in Love.

But armed with these gems I shall soon be known far and wide as a quipper of repute and a master of repartee.In my head I can already hear the words Algonquin, Round and Table trailing in my wake as I leave each merrily chuckling soiree I attend.

So don't buy it, don't tell anyone about it, let me have my fun, I have so little. @Max10Million
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26 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2012
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I'm a huge fan of Peter Serafinowicz's work, loved his TV show, have followed him on Twitter for the last couple of years, and was delighted to hear he was releasing a book. The title itself made me laugh - clearly a joke in itself - and when I saw that the Kindle edition had such a low price I couldn't resist it, crossing the book off my Christmas list.

If you've been following Serafinowicz on Twitter for some time you'll have seen many (most? Maybe all?) of the jokes in this book before. The jokes themselves are all very short, and in truth are more puns than anything, and each is accompanied by a large picture - an old-fashioned etching-type image - which means that you have one joke per page, so it is an extremely quick read and I easily finished it in a single sitting with a cup of tea in bed. It is worth pointing out that on the Kindle some of the text doesn't resize if you change the font etc. so on the pages where the joke is encapsulated within a box or a frame of sorts the text is extremely small and hard to read, and cannot be changed.

Have a look at the product description as it contains five of the jokes from the book (the "Muhammad Dali" one was one of the better ones in the book) and if you like them, you'll like the rest of it. Personally I didn't laugh at any of it I'm afraid, smiled a few times, but on the whole found it all rather tiresome and, as a follower of his on Twitter, all too familiar. A big disappointment for me.

(A footnote: You may notice that the hardback edition of this book has a lot of reviews, most of which are accompanied by Twitter account names. This is because the author asked for his followers to write reviews on here, and in return he would follow them back on Twitter.)
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To begin with, I think I would have bought any joke book with such a deliciously cheeky title. Add Peter Serafinowicz's name as the author, and it's a shoo-in. If you follow @serafinowicz on Twitter, then you might recognise some of the material here, which has been distilled and adapted from his many tweets. It's none the worse for that, though. Couple a great comedic talent with Twitter's 140-character restriction, and you have a recipe for some exquisite gems. Plus I encountered plenty of surprises, and it was those that supplied the big laugh-out-loud moments. The presentation here is one gag per page, each accompanied by a quirky line drawing. Predictably, I thumbed greedily through the whole lot in less than 30 minutes! And I laughed like a sonofabicz. I hope to be able to purchase the remaining volumes in due course.
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