Why The Long Joke? by James ThomasWhy The Long Joke? by James Thomas

Why The Long Joke?

byJames Thomas

Hardcover | March 22, 2016

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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 as they sound.

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 Huffing...
Title:Why The Long Joke?Format:HardcoverDimensions:320 pages, 8.67 × 5.78 × 1.19 inPublished:March 22, 2016Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1250078830

ISBN - 13:9781250078834


Editorial Reviews

"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"The perfect anecdote to all of the sad and terrible news and information with which we are pummelled on a daily basis." -Popmatters