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  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Boxtree; 1 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 (196 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 67,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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"

About the Author

Peter Serafinowicz is an English actor, comedian, writer and director. He co-wrote the critically acclaimed TV show Look Around You with Robert Popper; starred in The Peter Serafinowicz Show, which was nominated for a BAFTA and won the Rose d'Or prize for Best Entertainer; directed the music video for Hot Chip's 'I Feel Better'; appeared in Spaced, Shaun of the Dead, Couples Retreat and Bad Sugar -- and provided the voice for Darth Maul in the film Star Wars Episode 1: The Phantom Menace. He lives in London.

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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful By Peter Lee TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 12 Nov 2012
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Titan on 17 Dec 2012
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Thoroughly enjoyable from cover to cover. Great gags. Still laughing.
Must read this whenever you feel blue. Guaranteed to stir your chuckle muscles.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JJJPearson on 6 Nov 2012
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A Billion Jokes (Volume One.) is essential reading for contemporary humourists and fans of the one-liners churned out daily by the comedy elite of Twitter (and normal life). Serafinowicz's jokes go beyond that of the cracker and make you crap your pants laughing with non sequitur and surreal punchlines that make you revisit each joke and then revisit laughing at them. I give this book five golden stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on 10 Jun 2014
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This book is an amusing way to pass a small amount of time. Amazon needed me to put more words, so I made this rhyme.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Chewbacca on 3 Nov 2012
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Do you like jokes?
Do you like funny jokes?
Do you like funny jokes in books?
How about a billion funny jokes in one book?

Great book.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By johnmow on 19 Jan 2013
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Don't waste your money. I bought this based on the other reviews, what are these people on! I like to think I'm reasonably intelligent and have a good sense of humour but this is just so NOT funny. They are not jokes just one liners and at best one or two of them could be described as mildly amusing.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By NWalker on 14 Nov 2012
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Absolutely hilarious, I never laugh out loud much when reading, but this was the exception that proves the rule. As funny as you would expect from the delightful Mr Serafinowicz, not the mention the lovely illustrations that accompany the jokes. Also, the cover design is bound to make your friends think you're just as sophisticated and witty as you pretend to be
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Actually, after a quick count, it turns out there are only 999,999,982 jokes in this silly book.
We laughed out loud at thirty-four of them.

Silly yet wonderful.
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