“It takes a serious mind to analyze comedy. It takes a funny mind to appreciate it. David Misch is of two minds.”
– Jason Alexander
“The perfect bedside book.”
– Carl Reiner
– Mark C. Miller,
A wide-ranging, fun-packed look at the principles and practice
of comedy, from its origins in pre-history to the worlds
of movies, TV, prose, theater, stand-up, and jokes.
Exploring the historical, mythological, anthropological, biological, neurological,
psychological, philosophical, and even theological underpinnings
of humor, the author concludes that (Spoiler Alert!) Comedy is God.
The single most popular book on comedy ever written by David Misch this year!
- Reviews The Author Totally Didn’t Pay For
“The book lives up to its title… brilliant.” – Aimee Levitt, The Chicago Reader
“I don’t know a more literate and hysterically funny resource.”
– Lou Marzeles, The Goldendale Sentinel
“Will make you laugh out loud.” – Gene Lavanchy, FOX25
- Glendaleiteinians can hear David explain “The History
of Ha!” at the Glendale Public Library on Nov. 25.
- December is David’s Gala East Coast Tour: in Boston, Tufts University
(Dec. 2), Emerson College (Dec. 2), Fox 25 TV (Dec. 3, 9:45 AM), and the Boston
Public Library (Dec. 3): in New York, the 92nd St. Y (Dec. 5), Cooper Union
(Dec. 6); and Hunter College (Dec. 9); followed by a quick jaunt up to Adobe in
San Francisco (Dec. 19), where David will explain how to Photoshop fart jokes.
- Jason Alexander, Ed Asner, Charles Shaughnessy, Kristen Miller
and Phil Proctor are in a reading of three comedy half-hours
directed by Peter Bonerz, at the Writers Guild of America, west on
Monday Dec. 16 at 7 PM: David’s “Doug & Cindy”; Jeff Reno & Ron Osborn
and John Cleese’s “Whetfish”; and Doug Molitar’s “Black & Wyatt”.
Free admission; email email@example.com,
subject line “Fantasy Comedies 12/16″.
- It’s a ways off but David’s last seminar (“Understanding Comedy: The Rules”)
at The Writers Store in Burbank sold out; this year’s is Jan. 25. Tickets are
$79 for a limited time, then they go up to $89; details here.
- October was International David Goes To Conferences Month; David
spoke at the SATE Themed Entertainment Association (Savannah),
the Midwest Popular Culture Association (St. Louis), and
the VIEW Digital Cinema Conference (Torino, Italy), not
to mention (and yet I’m mentioning) Oxford University.
- Thanks to KPCC, Alonzo Bodden, and the sell-out crowd at KPCC’s Crawford
Family Forum in Pasadena. Watch the whole 90 minutes here or a spritely
6-minute audio version from “Off-Ramp, with John Rabe” here.
- David’s relatively immortal song “Somerville” recently appeared
at the end of John Hodgman’s podcast “Judge John Hodgman”.
- David endures 4 minutes of brutal interrogation
by Sandra Mitchell of KCAL Ch. 9 (CBS, Los Angeles).
- Jamie Reno (Newsweek, The Daily Beast, The New York Times)
calls FTB “the best book ever written about comedy”; some people
damn with faint praise – I almost fainted with the damn praise.
- You can hear David on NPR’s “The Dinner Party” at Itunes,
“The Dinner Party” website, and Funny The Book’s YouTube Channel.
David also went one-on-one with show-biz legend Joe Franklin.
- You want video? “Mr. Media” (Bob Andelman) calls FTB “masterful”;
see his interview here. And “Connie Martinson Talks Books” (one book,
anyway) with Mr. Misch: Part 1 / Part 2 / Part 3.
(Ms. Martinson also presents interviews with
less current authors, such as a Mr. B. Obama.)
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