The Naked Jape: Uncovering the Hidden World of Jokes Paperback – 27 Sep 2007
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An intelligent, sensitive and wide-ranging study of comedy - and jokes, to be more specific - that is actually funny.
-- Scotland on Sunday, November 5, 2006
It's the best book about jokes ever... -- David Baddiel, The Times Online, November 4, 2006
The Naked Jape...is four-fifths analysis of what a joke is and one fifth the only joke book you'll ever need. -- The Times, October 31, 2006
This entertaining little book will give you a better understanding of a joke's important place in the world. -- London Lite, November 14, 2006
About the Author
Jimmy Carr is the hottest comedian around. A mega-star, he is the face of Channel 4 entertainment, and when he's not on TV he is usually on the road around the country on one of his major national tours. Lucy Greeves has worked as a comedy venue manager and copywriter. She is now a freelance writer. Lucy and Jimmy have been best friends since 1992 where they met at university.
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Each page is laced with the jokes that Jimmy and his co author decided were their personal favourites so this book is both a joke book and an academic insight into the mechanics of humour.
I couldn't put this down. See what you think.
Although there is a lot of analysis of humour in the book, they made the great choice of sticking lots of jokes in as well - one at the bottom of every page and then pages of them at the end of each chapter. There is no doubt he takes jokes seriously and the book is intended to be read all the way through. However, it also makes it possible to dip into the book for a few minutes and leave with a smile. Everything from Bob Monkhouse to Denis Leary is here and he throws in a few of his own as well.
As you would expect if you know his act, he does not shy away from controversy, with sex, race, religion all covered without pulling any punches. He strongly defends the right to free speech, and for humour to cover the darker aspects of life. It is for the reader to decide if he pushes the boundaries too far, but it is clear that he causes offence deliberately to get laughs. He is no fool.
Well worth reading and would make a great stocking-filler for anyone who appreciated live comedy.
A lot of the analysis in this book is very straight, and to make up for the fact that the main text, though very interesting, is not necessarily laugh-a-minute, they put a classic and relevant joke at the bottom of very page. Brilliantly thought out, witty, intelligent, and well worth reading.
`The Naked Jape' is a warm, lucid and delightfully enlightening look at the history of The Joke, its mechanics, and its place in human culture. The authors deal with the entire spectrum of humour, from the childish to the bigoted. Where the humour is off-colour, the authors explain rather than revel in the shock, and they have a real knack for condensing academic and amateur studies of jokes and condensing them into an argument that's both cogent, readable and very human. They also get points for not resorting to hagiography when mentioning legends such as Bill Hicks and Lenny Bruce. Theirs is a very balanced view.
After finishing this book I think I understand more clearly why we laugh, and why that's important. I'd like to think Lucy wrote all illuminating bits, but Jimmy and his face probably provided a fair share. His evocation of what it takes to be a standup - putting yourself up there in the hot glare of an audience's expectations and judgment - is especially vivid.
If you're curious about comedy and its wider cultural resonances, put to one side that wave of nausea at seeing that name on the cover, read the book, and you may well change your view of the man and his - gulp - art. But just in case you don't I'll keep my foot on his neck `til you're finished...
i would just say though that the main content of the book is a factual study of the origins of comedy, coupled with some one liners at the bottom of each page, i enjoyed this format but if your looking for his stand up in book form this isnt really for you.
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still reading it, strange reading about theory of comadyPublished 9 months ago by christopher david smith
I'm only half way through as I write this, but already it is good enough for the 5 stars.
The chapters are well split to give an insight into different areas of humour and... Read more
This is the kind of book you can only read in fits and starts, but it's a fascinating treatise on humour. The authors know their stuff and the jokes abound.Published 16 months ago by Flossieraptor