´´What is with you lately?” Lenny’s wife would like to know. ´´You’ve been acting like everything is one big joke.” And it’s true - unemployed TV writer Lenny Sullivan has been having trouble seeing his life and times as anything more than fodder for edgy wisecracks. But when he bolts to Key West to refresh his lighter side, things suddenly turn serious. Well, sort of serious. A bullying businessman in league with a pair of bumbling mobsters is plotting to burn down his best friend’s struggling comedy club. The pill-popping star of his last best chance at a hit show is under a death threat from a very sore loser in a love triangle. And Lenny’s staunchest ally in the fight to keep the club, the star, and the laughs alive happens to be a 90-something named Bert the Shirt. Fortunately, Bert has a soft spot for comedians and is the savviest if not the most grammatical guy in town.... Deftly balancing suspense and humor, mayhem and romance, Key West color and showbiz glitz, One Big Joke uproariously entertains while making a sly but impassioned argument for the saving grace of comedy in tough times. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jem Matzan. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/108340/bk_acx0_108340_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The Annotated Marx Brothers:A Filmgoer´s Guide to In-Jokes, Obscure References and Sly Details Matthew Coniam
The Giant Chinchilla of Oz is an exciting, funny, thought-provoking and clever mixture of L. Frank Baum, Norton Juster (The Phantom Tollbooth), and Lewis Carroll´s Alice in Wonderland. Eleven-year old Jason Brandt meets Harvey the Squid (a retired cab driver) and Button-Bright (who can´t remember his real name), and acquires a pet Expanding Giant Chinchilla (for use in emergencies). Together this foursome must overcome The Two Weevils (Less and Greater, of course), The Spin Doctor, the weird inhabitants of Stationery City, and other dangers to bring a warning to the Emerald City before it´s too late. Filled with jokes and sly commentary on everything from our Internet-obsessed society to the world of fashion design, The Giant Chinchilla of Oz has something for listeners of all ages. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Barbara Rich. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/112071/bk_acx0_112071_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
(2003/Sundazed) 15 tracks Recorded August 8, 1959. 180 gram vinyl, mono. FIRST TIME ON VINYL´The birth of country cool! The Johnny Cash you hear on these two remarkable live performances is not the venerable legend of today. This was the young, feral Cash, full of piss, vinegar and sly orneriness. Even to those who know every note, joke and guitar lick on Johnny Cash At Folsom Prison or San Quentin, hearing Cash in his prime, aided and abetted by the Tennessee Two, guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant, is a revelation. These historic documents, sourced directly from the 1958 and 1959 kinescope reels, capture Cash in his most revolutionary days, laying the bedrock of all that was to come and´despite age and infirmities´continues today.
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children´s Book of 2011! A picture-book delight by a rising talent tells a cumulative tale with a mischievous twist. The bear´s hat is gone, and he wants it back. Patiently and politely, he asks the animals he comes across, one by one, whether they have seen it. Each animal says no, some more elaborately than others. But just as the bear begins to despond, a deer comes by and asks a simple question that sparks the bear´s memory and renews his search with a vengeance. Told completely in dialogue, this delicious take on the classic repetitive tale plays out in sly illustrations laced with visual humor- and winks at the reader with a wry irreverence that will have kids of all ages thrilled to be in on the joke.
Included in Publishers Weekly´s Spring 2019 Children´s Announcements´´In his new novel, Around Harvard Square, Farley writes about a scandal strikingly similar to how Singer helped parents and coaches allegedly exploit athletic programs of schools like Yale, Georgetown, and USC.´´--Fox 5 (New York)´´In this throwback coming-of-age novel, an ensemble of freshmen on the margins struggle for self-definition amid the race and class complexities of Harvard...Through the whirlwind of their journey, they begin to question the purpose of jokes and the consequences of laughter--when it´s not just about the joke, but also about who´s making it and why (a significant, timely exploration as comedy culture today struggles to demarcate ethical boundaries)...The diverse ensemble of core characters defy and refuse reductive stereotypes...For those who would like to take a trip through the hallowed Harvard halls of the past, this goes out to you...´´--Kirkus Reviews´´Wry, sly, and ferociously funny,Around Harvard Squareis not just the satire Ivy League college life deserves, but the one it´s been waiting for.´´--Marlon James, Man Booker Prize?winning author ofA Brief History of Seven Killings´´Brimming with humor and heart, Around Harvard Square is a delight.´´--Andy Borowitz, creator of the New Yorker´s ´´The Borowitz Report´´´´The first year of college can feel as dramatic as the first moon landing and somehow C.J. Farley also turns it into a painfully funny adventure. Around Harvard Square is a coming-of-age tale that blends J.D. Salinger´s rueful tones with Paul Beatty´s biting humor and becomes something entirely its own. I had so much fun running around with these kids, it felt like seeing old friends: laughing and crying and laughing some more.´´--Victor LaValle, author of The Changeling´´A hysterical romp through one memorable freshman year. At Farley´s Hahvahd, it´s survival of the funniest, comedy means never having to say you´re sorry, and growing up is hard to do. A provocative pleasure.´´--Gish Jen, author of Typical American´´In this sharp and imaginative satirical fantasy, C.J. Farley explores the complex realms of race and privilege at college with humor, insight, and edge.´´--Walter Isaacson, author of Leonardo da Vinci´´Finally a young brother with a powerful voice, not afraid to say it loud and proud.I welcome him!´´--Terry McMillan´´Farley plays the nineties American Zeitgeist like a violin. But don´t let the laughs deceive you. He hits some literary home runs about a whole bunch of issues: politics, race, and sex.´´--Ishmael ReedTosh Livingston, superstar student-athlete from small-town USA, thinks he´s made it big as a rising freshman at Harvard University. Not so fast! Once on campus, he´s ensnared in a frenzied competition to win a spot on Harvard´s legendary humor magazine, the Harpoon. Tosh soon finds that joining the Harpoon is a weird and surprisingly dangerous pursuit. He faces off against a secret society of super-rich kids, gets schooled by a philosophy professor who loves flunking everyone, and teams up with a genius student-cartoonist with an agenda of her own. Along the way, Tosh and his band of misfit freshman friends unearth long-buried mysteries about the Ivy League that will rock the Ivory Tower and change their lives forever...if they can survive the semester.With its whip-smart humor and fast-paced narrative, Around Harvard Square will appeal to readers of all ages interested in exploring the complicated roles that race and class play in higher education.