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What’s So Funny?

A professor and a writer walk into a bar…

The Humor CodeThe Humor Code

By Peter McGraw & Joel Warner

Hardcover $26 / Kindle edition $11.89 (Simon & Schuster)

What makes us laugh? The two authors, a university professor and an award-winning journalist, teamed up to span the globe on a quest to find out what’s (so) funny, questioning dozens of experts (from professional comedians to cartoonists and comedy writers), auditioning to be laughers for Los Angeles TV tapings, investigating an African mass hysteria outbreak, risking arrest in a Scandinavian cartoon controversy, and testing their talents at the world’s largest comedy festival. Witty, wise and full of delightful surprises, it’s a rollicking expedition that seeks a common connection to all our collective funny bones.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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Laugh & Learn

The many lessons between Monty Python’s punch lines

Everything I Ever Needed To Know About___ I Leared From Monty Python

Everything I Ever Needed to Know About ____* I Learned from Monty Python

By Brian Cogan, Ph.D and Jeff Massey, Ph.D

Hardcover, 320 pages ($25.99 Thomas Dunne Books, Kindle edition $11.04)

The authors, two profs at New York’s Molloy College, apply their scholarly skills to a entertaining, engaging deconstruction of the work of classic British satire of iconic comedy troupe, showing how it coursed with complex, nuanced references to history, art, literature, language, religion and a myriad of other “intellectual” contexts. Covering the group’s 1969-1973 TV series onward, it’s sure to delight diehard Python fans. But it’s also a hoot for anyone interested in learning more about one of comedy’s most durable acts, whose subversive pop cultural success spread from television to movies and eventually the Broadway stage.

—Neil Pond, American Profile Magazine

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