´´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.
In recent decades, the philosophy of humor has been recognized as a legitimate subfield of philosophy. The reason for this? Because to understand how humor works is to better understand the nature of human experience.In these 24 insightful, informative, illuminating, and (yes) humorous lectures, explore the philosophical theories and explanations of humor, from blatantly obvious puns to complex narratives to sly twists of language. Rooted in analytic philosophy, the natural and social sciences, and the observations of thinkers ranging from Aristotle and Jonathan Swift to Sigmund Freud and Robert Latta, these lectures will leave you with a stronger appreciation of the jokes you tell and the jokes you hear.You’ll ponder the possible universality of humor in history and culture, the debate over humor’s objectivity or subjectivity, and the complex relationship between humor and tragedy. You’ll also unpack each of the six existing theories of humor, including the superiority theory (in which to joke is to mock and put someone beneath your level) and play theory (in which humor is a species of the phenomenon of play). You don’t need a philosophy degree to explore the philosophy of humor. All you need is an open mind. (A funny bone or two helps as well.)PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Steven Gimbel. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/tcco/001012/bk_tcco_001012_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Tosh 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 listeners of all ages interested in exploring the complicated roles that race and class play in higher education. ´´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 Sq 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin Free. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/052044/bk_adbl_052044_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Jason Cheny was born and raised in Taiwan, re-raised in America, toiled in Canada, and soiled in a military school. His comedy reflects nuances of life from multiple perspectives.Jason Cheny´s visceral comedic stories reflect an understanding that happiness manifests outside of your comfort zone. His cross-cultural upbringing results in material that reaches a wide range of audiences. Jason’s keen observations of heritage are delivered with energetic wit, and his anecdotes about family, culture, and society, resonate with an optimistic vigor.Jason Cheny is a winner. No, literally. He won the 2017 World Series of Comedy over hundreds of other comedians. His comedy smartly mixes sly, smirking coolness with earnestness. A bubbly, dry, sometimes salty playfulness hovers gracefully over principled compassion. Jason Cheny values kindness. In Jason’s world, people can make mistakes, speak or act in ignorance, as long as it comes from a good place (and they don’t mind a light ribbing).Growing Pains, Cheny’s debut album, invites audiences to expand their horizons in fun and interesting ways. Jason, casual and accessible, enthralls listeners with his personal history while challenging unexamined and unconscious biases. His humor filters universal experiences through cultural differences and an upbeat attitude.The young, smartalec Millennial is not only immensely charismatic, but he is an equally impressive joke writer. Comedy can be as much a structure as an artform, and Jason Cheny is solid. Growing Pains highlights a talent for approaching tough topics with lighthearted swagger. Sometimes Jason embraces contradictions, like when he projects childhood punishment as a symbol of love. Other times, the Taiwan-born comedian highlights the idiosyncrasies and friction inherent in his immigration. Through misdirection and diction, callbacks and rhythm, Jason consistently proves that his comedy is advanced beyond his years. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jason Cheny. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pf/roar/000695/pf_roar_000695_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.