Now That’s Funny!: Jokes and Stories from the Man Who Keeps America Laughing Paperback – August 16, 2012
by Andy Simmons (Author)
Every year, Reader’s Digest readers send in tens of thousands of jokes and funny anecdotes, in their quest for a $100 check and, as an extra benefit, eternal glory: to have their joke published in the world’s best-read magazine. One man is stopping them from their quest. Andy Simmons.
It takes a sense of humor. And Andy certainly has that. Not only is he the arbiter of all things funny in Reader’s Digest; he is their Mark Twain, Bill Cosby, and even their David Sedaris. In other words, Andy is the guy Reader’s Digest turns to whenever they need a funny story all of America can appreciate. He’s perfect for the job. Andy takes great delight in the funny and oddball side of everyday life. In Now That’s Funny!, Andy presents his most popular, funniest writings on all things America, some exclusive and all-new, some taken from the award-winning pages of Reader’s Digest.
You’ll discover the Andy that goes out and tries things. His first-person tales of taking dance lessons, participating in a Revolutionary War reenactment, and even taking stand-up comedy lessons are some of the funniest articles to ever appear in Reader’s Digest.
Then you discover the Andy that observes America. His roundups of dumb criminals, crazy lawsuits, ridiculous excuses and out-of-touch scientific research will have you roaring with laughter — and feeling much better about yourself.
Then there’s Andy, the family man. You’ll laugh out loud as he goes in search of his inner macho –or for the next stop on his vacation, if only he can find the directions. And Andy’s observations on marriage and fatherhood are as accurate as they are funny.
Finally, there’s Andy the jokester. Here are tales from the job of trying to think, act, and be funny every workday, no matter what the dog did this morning on the rug. Tales of his sit-downs with comic legends from Robin Williams to Woody Allen will have you in stitches. Andy also shares his favorite jokes — many of them too edgy for printing in Reader’s Digest!
Add it up, and it’s a book filled with hundreds of feel-good, laugh-out-loud moments about life in these United States — exactly the type of reading we need today!
From School Library Journal
K-Gr 2-Illustrations featuring classic reproductions and stills from famous movie adaptations (many of them Disney cartoons) make these short, bright volumes browser-friendly. Unfortunately, discussions of each featured fairy tale trope rely on only the most well-known tales, utilize flimsy definitions, or fail to describe some things at all. For example, Stepmothers does not explain what a stepmother is. The lack of captions for the images might leave readers who are not familiar with specific tales or films confused. In addition to the usual nonfiction elements, links to websites with games and activities are provided, and there is a Mad Libs-style exercise that allows kids to fill in blanks (though not in the books) to write their own fairy tales. Fine for fun, but don’t depend on these for factual information.a(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted. –This text refers to the Library Binding edition.
About the Author
Andy Simmons has been the humor editor of Reader’s Digest for eight years. During his tenure, he has read every joke imaginable and come across every human foible conceivable while writing articles profiling the world’s dumbest criminals, smartest pranksters, and everyone in between. He earned his comedy stripes as an editor at Cracked and National Lampoon, where he wrote the Off Broadway play, National Lampoon’s Class of ‘86. Andy lives outside of New York City with his wife and daughter.
Paperback: 224 pages
Publisher: Readers Digest (August 16, 2012)
Product Dimensions: 8.1 x 5.4 x 0.8 inches
Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces