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  • Paperback: 488 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin (Trade); New edition edition (25 April 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0395572266
  • ISBN-13: 978-0395572269
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.5 x 21 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 227,305 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Includes 640 of the author's favorite jokes, anecdotes, and puns, together with suggestions on how to tell them, plus an offering of personal anecdotes.

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I can recommend Isaac Asimov's Treasury of Humour for one outstanding reason - its longevity.
When I was much younger I borrowed a copy of the book and was greatly amused. Some of the jokes had me in stitches. And this was over 30 years ago.
And since then I've picked up various joke books and found many of them puerile. Jokes generally go stale quickly. Asimov's lot don't.
I decided to get another copy and Amazon was the obvious place: time warp, for this book was published in 1971. So it arrived last month and I've been greatly amused all over again. 640 jokes and many of them cracking good ones. My favourite of all time, The Pope And The Janitor, is in this volume and unless you get hold of the book (beg, borrow, steal or buy) you'll miss out.
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Arrived quickly, in good condition, with just a tiny amount of corner 'turn up', which is to be expected with even a lightly used paperback. The book's title is actually 'Treasury of Humor', but after all it is American! Isaac Asimov is never less than brilliant and here he is in 'Jokester' mode. What's not to like? If you just want to enjoy the jokes or, figure out how to tell them, this may be a good place to start.
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43 of 44 people found the following review helpful
Jokes with a purpose and a lack of meanness 22 Dec. 2001
By Charles Ashbacher - Published on
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In an age where humor is often laced with profanity or based on the ridicule of others, it is very pleasant to find a collection that is largely clean and often cerebral. This book contains a recollection of Isaac Asimov's favorite jokes along with instructions on how to deliver them. While Asimov is well-known as a prolific author, he was also a very funny man, possessing a sense of comedic timing that helped him earn hefty fees as a speaker.
While the jokes are good, it is clear that many of them would have to be delivered in the right manner to be funny. As you read Asimov's commentary, it is not difficult to imagine someone telling the story to maximum effect. Therefore, the book could also be used as a source for material as well as a primer on how to deliver an ice-breaking joke at the start of a public speech.
Isaac Asimov was a very talented man, capable of writing well about anything. His sense of humor was highly developed, something that is obvious from this book. I enjoyed it immensely and have occasionally used some of the jokes in my classes
15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
Thinking Man's Collection of Jokes 16 Oct. 1998
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I found this book when I was on a business trip and needed some entertainment in the evening. Most of the jokes and anecdotes lead to a good chuckle and some are hilarious. What appeals to me most about this book is the commentary that Asimov supplies in the way of background to each piece of humor.
12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Superb collection! 25 Dec. 1997
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The ONLY humor compilation I've ever seen in which I laughed at almost all of the jokes. Asimov's commentaries are equally entertaining. Much better than the sequel, "Asimov Laughs Again."
13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
THE book on how to tell jokes 26 Jun. 2002
By Charles Peterka - Published on
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This not only shows you the great jokes of all time,
but also HOW to tell the jokes, with examples and samples.
Isaac Asimov does it again.
For everyone who loves telling jokes, this is THE book to get.
14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Funny Stuff 10 Jun. 2002
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I have an older edition of this is priceless. I enjoy it whenever I need a break - keep it at work. We all need humor, and Asimov had the kind of quirky sense of humor that enriches our lives....get this book.
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