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Little Giant Encyclopaedia of One-liners (Little Giant Encyclopedias) Paperback – 30 Mar 2000

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  • Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Sterling (30 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0806919051
  • ISBN-13: 978-0806919058
  • Product Dimensions: 13.2 x 10.5 x 3.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,411,144 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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You may be the sort of person that's more likely to crack an egg than a joke. But being funny and good company is more than having a stack of jokes up your sleeve--it's about having a conversational style and observations on life that are spiced with wit. That's where books like The Little Giant Encyclopedia of One-Liners can come in. Feeding you with gibes and quips that will butter up your banter.

Like any collection of this nature, you'll find lots that leaves your smile muscles unmoved. But that leaves plenty of stuff in the 4,000-odd entries that you'll want to store away for future reference. This is an American collection, drawn from comics and satirists past and present. Some names you'll know--Joan Rivers, Bob Hope, W C Fields--some will be unfamiliar but there are gems to dig from this compact but extensive mine.

Entries are grouped into categories and there is an additional index at the back so if you're looking for witticisms to enliven a particular occasion, like a wedding or a business talk, The Little Giant Encyclopedia of One-Liners will serve as a good resource for your reference shelf, or your bed-side or bathroom table.--Tim Thornborough

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By on 11 Dec. 2000
Format: Paperback
This is the funniest book i have ever read. The one liners are hilerious even when they are not appriopiate, this would be the ideal book for a witty humourus person who needs help to get out of those sticky situations. A definate buy due to the class of humour and wit.
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A little book produces BIIIIIIIIG laughs!!! 27 Aug. 2001
By Joel L. Gandelman - Published on
Format: Paperback
I have to admit I was highly skeptical when I bought this book. I buy lots of joke books (I'm an entertainer) and a lot of times if I circle the jokes I liked I find I circled one of two. NOT IN THIS ONE! This is truly a "little giant encyclopedia": small but quite THICK. These aren't jokes jokes that go on forever but short, punchy one-liners. And although this book DOES have some from famous current and legendary comedy mavens, it has a LOT of original stuff. Gene Perret (Bob Hope's former writer who has a lot of GREAT books he has penned himself) compiled and wrote this with Terry Marin -- and all I can say is that a "jaded" entertainer like me read this and laughed out loud. You can use these one-liners in your conversations with friends (remember that many of the BEST ad libs you see on tv are rehearsed!), for a speech, toast, roast etc. There are new ones such as: "I told my doctor I couldn't lift my hands above my head. He told me to stay away from muggers," and "He wore a toupee that made him look 10 years sillier." And there are ones from comedy pros: "She's so fat she's got more chins than the Chinese phone directory." (Joan Rivers) and "He's so old his blood type is discontinued." (Bill Dana)Jokes are divided into categories and there's a nice index so you can look up what you want when you need it. Bottom line: super quality...super-value...convenient size!
Very few good one-liners 4 Feb. 2009
By Markku Ojanen - Published on
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I was disappointed. There are a couple of good one-liners by various speakers and writers, but those written by the authors are poor. These are the large majority.
its okay 12 Nov. 2001
By KATIE - Published on
Format: Paperback
this book isn't very funny unless you laugh over pickles having mold on them...
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