Why the Long Joke? Hardcover – March 22, 2016
by James Thomas (Author)
This is a very silly book. If that’s not your thing, then at least buy it for a wayward niece. Inside, you’ll find thousands of ideas: dozens of stories, poems, diagrams, lists and cartoons, along with hundreds of jokes and approximations thereof. Is this the funniest book ever published? Well, that’s very nice of you to suggest, but at least read it first.
James Thomas, what wrote the book, is the elected President of Twitter. But don’t let that put you off. He works hard at this nonsense, and has several other irons (books) in the fire (not literally). Why The Long Joke? is the consequence of several years of throwing away Brilliant Material in favor of Ultimate Stupidity. A difficult process, but as you’ll see, the results speak for themselves.
Inside you’ll find countless nuggets of comedy bronze, including “How to Write a Sentence”; “Edgar Allan Poe Goes to a Music Festival”; and “The Three Letters from Saint Paul to the Venusians.” Do not, also, miss the author’s original illustrations, such as “Dinosaurs of the Future” and “How to Tell If You’re Dead”–they’re exactly as useful a they sound.
“Jim gives new meaning to the words silliosity and hilariousment….Funny stuff! Buy this book!” ―Jack Handey
“This book should be required reading for anyone asked to contribute a quote.” – Emo Philips, stand-up comedian
“I imagine James Thomas’s brain as a sort of beehive: thoughts come and go in a seemingly random, almost bumbling fashion―but the yield is pure honey. I will not apologize for that joke, but his are much better.” ―Michael McKean, comedian, writer, and star of This Is Spinal Tap, Best in Show, and Better Call Saul
“Packed with great jokes and funny ideas, this book will release enough endorphins that you can give up running and sex. I am not a doctor.” ―Simon Blackwell, executive producer and Emmy Award–winning writer of Veep, Peep Show, and In the Loop
“Stop watching TV, read a book. Then put that down and read THIS book.” ―Michael Kupperman, cartoonist, illustrator, and author of Tales Designed to Thrizzle
“Jim has a truly original, quirky and charming voice, and he makes me laugh out loud on a daily basis on Twitter. I frequently thank my son for introducing me to Crimer Show.” ―Rebecca Front, BAFTA award-winning actress and star of The Thick of It
“Smart and hilarious.” ―The Irish Times
About the Author
JAMES THOMAS, aka Astonishing Sod to his multitudinous Twitter followers, achieved Internet fame with the success of Crimer Show, an episodic parody of TV crime dramas. Since then he’s devoted every waking moment to his quest to write the Stupidest Sentence Ever Written. Thomas is a regular contributor to The New Yorker and The Huffington Post, and Why the Long Joke? is his first book. He lives in Dublin.
Hardcover: 320 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press (March 22, 2016)
Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.2 x 8.7 inches
Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
If you like “Crimer” you will love this
By Michelle Foose on March 23, 2016
Six pages into this book (Kindle Edition) and my stomach already hurts from laughing so hard! It is silly, hilarious, odd, and oddly original. If you like “Crimer” you will love this. If you haven’t heard of “Crimer” you are missing out. If you enjoy it 1/3 as much as I do, you will more than get your money’s worth!