A professor and a writer walk into a bar…
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