Jon Macks. · Rating details · 41 ratings · 6 reviews. An invaluable guide on how to “lighten up” from a distinguished pro who has provided laughs for JAY. I kept number six blank. “JOKE” was just a reminder to start this post with a joke from Jon Macks “If you live in Florida, ya know, God’s waiting. Read How to Be Funny by Jon Macks by Jon Macks by Jon Macks for free with a 30 day free trial. Read eBook on the web, iPad, iPhone and Android.

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Open Preview See a Problem? Thanks for telling us about the problem. Return to Book Page. How to Be Funny: Who hasn’t wished for the perfect withering comeback line, a clever tension-breaking quip, or a winning flirtatious remark? Being funny is hard work and not everyone is a natural. How to Be Funny is a witty guide that teaches readers precisely how to be funnier in everyday life.

It’s a must-read for anyone who has to speak in public, be engaging and funny at work or at play, or who hopes to one day go out on a date. Here he demystifies the process of making people laugh, breaks down the basic building blocks and types of humor — which include self-deprecation, misdirection, deadpan delivery, sarcasm, and “the reverse” — and reveals the best approaches to use in common situations.

Whether the goal is to give a memorable public address or deliver a killer line with friends, How to Be Funny is a charming, instructive, and practical read. Paperbackpages. Published September 2nd by Simon Schuster first published August 26th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

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To ask other readers questions about How to Be Funnyplease sign up. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. Aug 13, Ellen rated it it was ok Shelves: Edited Though shy, my husband tells jokes well and is a good speaker.


The basic joke goes as follows: Two friends John and Dave were two huge baseball fans. Their entire lives, John and Dave talked baseball. They went to 60 games a year. They even agreed that whoever died first would try to come back and tell the other if t Edited Though shy, my husband tells jokes well and is a good speaker. They even agreed that whoever died first would try to maacks back and tell the other if there was baseball in heaven.

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One night, John passed away in his sleep after watching the Yankee victory earlier in the evening. A few nights later, his buddy Dave awoke to the sound of John’s voice from beyond.

Which do you want to hear first? His brother is profoundly deaf, and my mother-in-law yells each line—but screws it up—as my husband tries to proceed. For example, if he started with the first line of the joke above: They loved baseball, and they were good friends.

This would continue until my husband was mad, I was laughing, and the joke was in tatters. I wonder how well this really works.

However, because he wrote for Jay Leno and clearly is chummy with a number of the other comics he mentions frequently—such as Carrie Fisher, Dave Barry, or Rita Rudner—too funyn of amcks book comes across as an homage to these comedians. Macks is at his best when he explains and provides examples of the principles of humor.

When he tries to invent scenarios in which to use this rather scripted humor, such as in the elevator, when trying to pick someone up, in an argument with your spouse, or in the workplace, the humor and premise get a little strained. If you want to understand some of the techniques of humor, the book is a quick, light read, though rather scant. View all 7 comments. Jun 07, Joy rated it it was ok Shelves: About as funny as a rubber crutch. For those of us who are already great jokesters, this book is like reading an English primer.

As one reviewer commented some of the material presented is funny but some should probably not be used publicly unless you desire rotten tomatoes tossed in your face. A coworker gave this book to me for a birthday a few years back.

The gift was meant to be funny. I’m known for my puns at work and elsewhere. May 26, Patricia rated it it was jo. The celebrity references are so outdated as to be painful- dead, dead, accused of horrific crimes, dead etc; however, there are some nuggets of advice in here that may help someone preparing for a public speaking event.


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